The Chief Minister gave the 6T mantras when the newly appointed ministers met him at Naveen Niwas this evening.
The CM also asked the ministers to work as per the promises made in election manifesto. It was later accepted to be government programmes at Council of ministers’ the first meeting. Besides, Naveen asked his new team to keep transparency in their works and not to get embroiled in any controversy.
On the advice of Patnaik, Governor Ganeshi Lal issued an order in this regard. The CM has kept Home and General Administration & Public Grievances Departments and allotted all remaining departments among the newly-inducted ministers.
Ministers Naba Kishore Das, Samir Ranjan Dash, Ashok Panda and Prafulla Mallik, who were re-inducted in the new cabinet will continue with their earlier portfolios.
Das held charge of Health and Family Welfare, Panda of Science and Technology, Social Security and Empowerment of Persons with Disability, Dash of School and Mass Education, and Mallick of Steel and Mines.
Jagannath Saraka and Tusharkanti Behera, who were also re-inducted, have been given additional one department each. Saraka will continue to hold the portfolios of ST & SC Development, Minorities & Backward Classes Welfare with additional charge of Law.
Behera, apart from holding the Sports Department, will also remain in charge of the Electronics & Information Technology department. He will also serve as Minister of State for Home.
Also, Niranjan Pujari remains Finance Minister, and has been given the charge of the Parliamentary Affairs department.
Ranendra Pratap Swain has been given Agriculture and Farmers' Empowerment, Fisheries and Animal Resources Development while Pradip Kumar Amat will head Forest and Environment, Panchayati Raj and Drinking Water, Information and Public Relations Departments.
Similarly, Revenue & Disaster Management department will remain with Pramila Mallik whereas Usha Devi is the new Housing and Urban Development Minister of Odisha, Pratap Keshari Deb will hold charge of Industries, MSME, and Energy and Atanu Sabyasachi Nayaka of Food Supplies and Consumer Welfare and Co-operation.
Two important departments - Water Resources and Commerce and Transport - have been given to Tukuni Sahu while first-time minister Rajendra Dholakia has been given the Planning and Convergence Department.
Similarly, few important departments have been given to young ministers Pritiranjan Gharai (Rural Development, Skill Development & Technical Education), Srikanta Sahu (Labour and Employees' State Insurance), Rohit Pujari (Higher Education), Rita Sahu (Handlooms, Textiles & Handicrafts), and Basanti Hembram (Women & Child Development and Mission Shakti).
(with IANS inputs)