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Odisha cabinet reshuffle: 21 Ministers, including 5 women take oath

Odisha cabinet reshuffle: 21 Ministers, including 5 women take oath

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Odisha cabinet reshuffle: 21 Ministers, including 5 women take oath Odisha cabinet reshuffle: 21 Ministers, including 5 women take oath

A new cabinet took oath in Odisha, on Sunday a day after all 20 of the state's ministers quit on Saturday to make way for a reshuffle in the ministry.

A total of 21 Ministers, including 13 Cabinet and 8 Minister of State (Independent charge), took oath in the Naveen Patnaik led state council of ministers. Five women MLAs were inducted into the council of ministers, including three as Cabinet Ministers.

In the last cabinet, only two women were part of the council of ministers. The newly-inducted women cabinet ministers are Pramila Mallik, Usha Devi and Tukuni Sahu.

Jagannath Saraka, Niranjan Pujari, Ranendra Pratap Swain, Prafulla Kumar Mallik, Pratap Keshari Deb and Atanu Sabyasachi Nayak are among Biju Janata Dal (BJD) MLAs who took oath as new cabinet ministers.

Further, Pradip Kumar Amat, Naba Kisore Das, Ashok Chandra Panda and Rajendra Dholakia were also administered oath of office and secrecy by Governor Ganeshi Lal at the ceremony.

The swearing-in ceremony took place in the new convention centre of Lok Seva Bhawan in Bhubaneswar.

The MLAs who were inducted as Minister of State (Independent charge) include Samir Ranjan Dash, Aswini Kumar Patra, Pritiranjan Gharai, Srikanta Sahu, Tusharkanti Behera, Rohit Pujari, Rita Sahu and Basanti Hembram.Some of the ministers who have performed well in their respective offices and still dropped from the cabinet are likely to get important responsibilities in the party organization in view of the next election, according to sources.

Naveen Patnaik government has completed three years of its fifth consecutive term as the Chief Minister of Odisha on May 29.

All Advisors/Chairpersons of 23 different departments/Corporations/ Boards etc shall cease to be in office with effect from June 5 (Sunday), Planning and Convergence Department has issued an official notification, after the order passed by Chief Minister read order by the state government.