Bhubaneswar: In a minor reshuffle in Odisha ministry, the ministers Prafulla Mallick and Niranjan Pujari were allotted two significant additional portfolios, held by Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik till today.
Patnaik left two portfolios — Water Resources and Public Works — and allotted these to Niranjan Pujari and Prafulla Mallick respectively in the reshuffle.
While Pujari was given charge of Water Resources department along with Housing & Urban Development department, Steel & Mines Minister Prafulla Mallick was given additional charge of Works department.
Similarly, Health & Family welfare Minister Pratap Jena was allotted I&PR department and Minister Susanta Singh was given the charge of Energy along with Labour and Employment department. Ananta Das was given additional charge of Industry along with Higher Education.
Taking to microblogging site Twitter, CM Patnaik congratulated the ministers on their new portfolios and responsibilities.
Congratulate my colleagues on their new portfolios & responsibilities. I am sure they will discharge their responsibilities ably and enhance administration with their verve and leadership to serve the people by ensuring fast-paced development. #EmpoweringOdisha
— Naveen Patnaik (@Naveen_Odisha) March 3, 2018
Talking to media Minister Niranjan Pujari, who was given additional charge as of Water Resources portfolio, said, “I will deliver my duty with sincerity. If any kind of challenge occurs, I will execute my duty in a proper way.”