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Naveen retains Home; vacates Works, Water Resources

Naveen Patnaik

Bhubaneswar: Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Saturday effected major reshuffle in the portfolios of some of his Ministers in State by vacating two of his portfolios and giving additional charges to five Ministers.

Labour, Employees’ State Insurance Minister Susanta Singh, who was credited for BJD’s victory in the recently held Bijepur by-election, was given the additional charge of Energy Department.

Naveen Patnaik who vacated two of his key portfolios, Water Resources and Works- gave the same to Housing and Urban Development, Industries Minister Niranjan Pujari and Steel and Mines Minister Prafulla Mallick, respectively as additional charges.

However, Patnaik will be heading the Home Department.

While Health and Family Welfare Minister Pratap Jena was given the additional charge of Information and Public Relations (I&PR), Higher Education Minister Ananta Das was given additional responsibility of Industries Department.

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