Odisha: The cabinet headed by Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik introduced ten new ministers in which six are new faces from the Biju Janta Dal (BJD) party in the Odisha government.
Governor S.C. Jamir administered the oath to the new ministers in the presence of Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik and others leaders of the BJD at the Raj Bhavan here.
While Niranjan Pujari, Surya Naryan Patro, Prafulla Samal, Pratap Jena, Sashi Bhusan Behera and Maheswar Mohanty were given the cabinet rank, four took oath as ministers of state.
Except Behera, other five were ministers in the Patnaik government, which has been ruling the state from the past 17 years.
“I thank Patnaik for reposing faith in me. I will perform to best of my abilities for the betterment of the state,” said Niranjan Pujari, who became minister after quitting the Speaker post in the state assembly.
Steel and Mines Minister Prafulla Mallick as well as Commerce and Transport Minister Ramesh Chandra Majhi have been elevated to the status of cabinet rank.
The ministers of state are Sushant Singh, Nrushingha Sahu, Chandra Sarathi Behera and Ananta Narayan Das.
“I thank the Chief Minister and the people of Odisha for reposing faith in me. I will work with the guidance of Naveen Patnaik,” said Chandra Sarathi Behera.
“I will work for strengthening the party and ensure Odisha government’s schemes reach people,” said Sushant Singh.