Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, May 25:
The Odisha government today appointed 17 ruling party legislators as the chairpersons of the district planning committees in as many districts.
Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik approved the names of the MLAs to head the district planning committees.
The 17 MLAs are: Aswini Kumar Patra (Balasore), Niranjan Pujari (Baragarh), Ananta Das (Bhadrak), Surya Narayan Patro (Bolangir), Pratap Jena (Gajapati), Dr Nrusingha Charan Sahu (Kendrapara), Sashi Bhusan Behera (Nayagarh), Ramesh Chandra Majhi (Nuapada), Chandrasarathi Behera (Malkangiri), Sushant Singh (Sambalpur), Badrinarayan Patra (Sonepur), Mahidhar Rana (Boudh), Saroj Kumar Samal (Dhenkanal), Rajendra Sahu (Khurda), Prafulla Kumar Pangi (Koraput), Subrat Tarai (Sundargarh), and Lalbihari Himirika (Rayagada).
The above list of legislators also includes some of the members of the council of ministers of the Naveen Patnaik-led Biju Janata Dal (BJD) government.
Worth mentioning, the MLAs who are not part of the council of ministers would enjoy the status of Minister of State (MoS) after being appointed as chairpersons of the committees.