Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, Nov 30:
Aditya Prasad Padhi, the 1983 batch IAS officer today formally took charge as the chief secretary of Odisha.
Padhi formally took charge from the outgoing chief secretary Gokul Chandra Pati at the state secretariat here today.
Senior bureaucrat Padhi, who was has played a significant role in the administrative field in the state was in the good books of Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik having proven his capabilities while he was the development commissioner of the state.
“The new government after being sworn-in in 2014 has suitably identified its priorities. The government is functioning accordingly. My priority will be implementation of those priorities and programmes,” remarked Padhi, while briefing reporters after assuming office.
The newly appointed chief secretary pointed out: “My top priority areas will be rural housing, rural electrification, irrigation, education, health, job creation, investment promotion and ease of doing business. These are the priority areas of the government and priorities too.”
Terming the drought like condition due to deficient rainfall in some districts of the state as an immediate issue before him to tackle Padhi said : “Drought like situation in some districts due to deficient rainfall is an immediate issue and to tackle that the government has taken different steps. More steps will be taken in the coming days. An interim report has been sent to the Centre and I am hopeful by the end of December after crop cutting is over we will be sending a final report. Based on the interim report we have started providing input subsidy. Programmes like ensuring irrigation for Rabi crops, distribution of pumpsets and repair of defunct lift irrigation projects and distribution of agricultural mini-kits have been taken up. The exact extent of loss will be known after crop cutting is over following which we will send a formal report to the Central government. It is only after that people from Central government will come for assessment.”