Reported by Chinmaya Dehury
Bhubaneswar, May 26:
Having put his new council of ministers in place, Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik has initiated the process of rehabilitating party leaders in various state owned corporations and cooperative bodies, many of which are being headed by bureaucrats.
With the chief minister is considering appointing some defeated leaders and office bearers of the party to the corporations, hectic lobbying has started among the party workers. Even some MLAs are in the race though it is yet to be decided whether the law makers will be given such posts or not. The turncoats who lost out on party tickets are also hoping to get the nod from the BJD supremo to head the PSUs.
According to party sources, the chief minister has asked the chairpersons of the PSUs to tender their resignations so that the other leaders can be accommodated in the corporations.
BJD sources said Patnaik is proceeding rather cautiously on the issue of appointing political bosses to PSUs, lest dissidence increases within the party. “As the list of hopefuls is getting longer, Naveen has to do a fine balancing act so as to keep disgruntlement to the minimum. Besides, he also has to accommodate some turncoats as well, who did not get tickets during elections,” said a senior BJD leader.
While some leaders are likely to retain their posts, some new political appointees will replace bureaucrats who are currently in the helm of affairs in the corporation, said sources.
Odisha Tourism Development Corporation Limited (OTDC), Odisha Co-operative Housing Corporation (OCHC) Ltd, Odisha Rural Housing Development Corporation (ORHDC), Khadi Board, Odisha State Seeds Corporation, Odisha Agro Industries Corporation, Agriculture Production and Investment Corporation of Odisha Ltd (APICOL), Odisha Seed and Organic Products Certification Agency, Odisha Cashew Development Corporation, Markfed, Odisha Consumers’ Cooperative Federation Ltd and various banks, including Odisha State Co-operative Bank, are the state owned PSUs where these leaders are to be rehabilitated.