Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik carried out a major revamp of his cabinet on Saturday by asking all the 20 ministers to resign from their respective posts.
Jagannath Saraka is the first to take oath as cabinet minister. The two-time MLA has been promoted as cabinet minister.
Five time MLA and senior BJD Niranjan Pujari also took oath as cabinet minister. Apart from Pujari, Athagarh MLA Ranendra Pratap Swain, former govt chief whip Pramila Mallik, Chikiti MLA Usha Devi , Aul MLA Pratap Deb, Prafulla Mallick, Mahakalpada MLA Atanu Sabyasachi Nayak also took oath as cabinet ministers. Nayak has returned in the Naveen cabinet after 8 years.
Nimapara MLA Samir Ranjan Dash, who held the school and mass education department portfolio, took an oath as Minister of State (Independent Charge).
Bhubaneswar MLA Ashok Chandra Panda has been promoted to cabinet this time. Titlagath MLA Tukuni Sahu also secured a berth in the Naveen cabinet as a minister. Three-time MLA from Nuapada Rajendra Dholakia also took as a cabinet minister.
Others who took oath as Ministers of State (Independent Charge) include- Jaleswar MLA Aswini Patra, Pritiranjan Gharai, Polsara MLA Srikanta Sahoo, Kakatpur MLA Tusharkanti Behera, Rairakhol MLA Rohit Pujari, Bijepur MLA Rita Sahu and Karanjia MLA Basanti Hembram .
Here is the full list of new ministers in the new cabinet.
Ranendra Pratap Swain
Prafulla Kumar Mallik
Pratap Keshari Deb
Atanu Sabyasachi Nayak
Pradip Kumar Amat
Naba Kishore Das
Ashok Chandra Panda
Ministers of State (Independent charge)
Samir Ranjan Dash
Aswini Kumar Patra