Major IAS reshuffle in Odisha, Shalini Pandit appointed new Health Secretary

Government of Odisha

Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik-led government of Odisha effected a major IAS reshuffle on Wednesday. The General Administration & Public Grievance Department issued a notification in this regard.

As per the notification, Shalini Pandit, Mission Director, National Health Mission with additional charge of Special Secretary to Government, H & F.W. Department is appointed as Commissioner-cum-Secretary to Government, Health & Family Welfare Department. Brundha D will succeed her while remaining in additional charge of MD OSMCL and Food Safety Commissioner of Odisha.

Shubha Sarma, Commissioner-cum-Secretary, Handlooms, Textiles & Handicrafts Department, has been appointed as Commissioner-cum-Secretary, Woman and Child Development Department.

Saroj Kumar Mishra, Special Secretary, Finance Department, with additional charge of Special Secretary, Home (Protocol) Department, has been made Special Secretary, Health & Family Welfare Department. He will also remain in additional charge of Special Secretary, Home (Protocol) Department.

Dr Arabinda Kumar Padhee, Principal Secretary, Agriculture & Farmers’ Empowerment Department, has been given additional charge of Principal Secretary, Handlooms, Textiles & Handicrafts Department.

Nikunja Bihari Dhal, Principal Secretary, Energy Department, has been given additional charge of Principal Secretary, Excise Department, and Chairman, GRIDCO. The additional appointment of Deoranjan Kumar Singh, IAS as Principal Secretary to Government, Excise Department will be terminated from the date Nikunja Bihari Dhal takes over.

Suresh Kumar Vashishth, Commissioner-cum-Secretary, Science & Technology Department, has been appointed as Commissioner-cum-Secretary, Fisheries & ARD Department. The additional appointment of Dr Padhee as Principal Secretary, Fisheries & ARD Department, shall stand terminated from the date Vashishth takes over.

Bhaskar Jyoti Sarma, Commissioner-cum-Secretary, Social Security and Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities Department, is allowed to remain in additional charge of Commissioner-cum-Secretary, Science & Technology Department.

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Guha Poonam Tapas Kumar, Director, ST with additional charge of CEO, ORMAS, has been appointed as Additional Secretary, PR & DW Department. She will remain in additional charge of CEO, ORMAS.

Sanjay Kumar Mishra, Special Secretary, Commerce & Transport Department, is allowed to remain in additional charge of Chairman-cum-Managing Director, OPTCL. The additional appointment of Nikunja Bihari Dhal as chairman, OPTCL, will stand terminated from the date Sanjay Kumar Mishra takes over.