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Odisha govt effects IAS reshuffle

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Bhubaneswar: The Odisha government today reshuffled seven IAS officers in the State.

According to a notification issued by the General Administration and Public Grievance Department, Saswat Mishra, a 1996-batch IAS officer, has been appointed as Commissioner-cum-Secretary to the Higher Education Department of the Odisha government. He was earlier Commissioner, Commercial Taxes and GST.

IAS officer Bishnupada Sethi of 1995-batch, currently posted as Special Relief Commissioner and Managing Director of OSDMA, has been given additional charge of Commercial Taxes and GST Department.

Besides, 2002-batch IAS officer Krishan Kumar, the Commissioner-cum-Secretary of Cooperation Department with additional charge of Special Secretary to Govt Agriculture and  FE Department and Chairman, Odisha State Warehousing Corporation, Bhubaneswar is allowed to remain in additional charge of Secretary, Works Department in addition to his own duties.

Prasanta Kumar Senapati, a 2004-batch IAS officer, presently posted as Director, Fisheries, Odisha has been appointed as Secretary, Board of Revenue, Odisha.

Similarly, 2007-batch IAS officer Balwant Singh, currently posted as Director, Technical Education and Training with an additional charge of Director, Agricultural Marketing and Member Secretary, OSAM Board, Bhubaneswar is allowed to remain in additional charge of Vice-Chairman, Bhubaneswar Development Authority in addition to his own duties.

On the other hand, the additional appointment of  Prem Kumar Jha (IFS) as Vice-Chairman, Bhubaneswar Development Authority, Bhubaneswar vide this Department Office Order No.6816/AIS.I dated 01.3.2019 shall stand terminated from the date Balwant Singh takes over.

2010-batch IAS officer Prem Chandra Chaudhary, Director  (I/c), Special Projects, Panchayati Raj and Drinking Water Department with additional charge of Chief Executive Officer of Biju Yuva Bahini and Director of State Institute for Rural Development  has been allowed to remain in additional charge of Controller, Legal Metrology-cum- Director Consumer Affairs, Odisha, Bhubaneswar in addition to his own duties until further orders, the notification added.