Mo­ha­p­a­tra meets Naveen, Jamir; likely to demit of­fice on July 31

The Political and Business Daily - - ODISHA FOUCS -

WITH a few days left in of­fice, Chief Sec­re­tary Ju­gal Kishore Mo­ha­p­a­tra to­day met Gov­er­nor SC Jamir and Chief Min­is­ter Naveen Pat­naik here.

Ac­cord­ing to of­fi­cial sources, the 1979 batch IAS of­fi­cer, who took the charge of Chief Sec­re­tary on July 1 last year will demit of­fice on July 31 and take charge of his new as­sign­ment as the Union Fer­til­izer Sec­re­tary on Au­gust 1.

Mo­ha­p­a­tra to­day can­celled all his of­fi­cial meet­ings, just a few min­utes af­ter he ar­rived at the of­fice in the morn­ing and rushed to­wards Raj Bhawan for a courtesy call to Gov­er­nor SC Jamir. Af­ter hold­ing a one-to-one meet­ing with Jamir, he later met Chief Min­is­ter Naveen Pat­naik at his of­fice in the Sec­re­tar­iat, an of­fi­cial of Chief Min­is­ter’s of­fice said.

In the mean­while, Mo­ha­p­a­tra will hold a high level meet­ing with se­nior govern­ment officials to de­cide the pro­mo­tion of some se­nior OAS of­fi­cers to the IAS cadre to­mor­row, said sources, adding 12 OAS of­fi­cers are likely to be pro­moted to IAS rank. 1978-batch IAS of­fi­cer Gokul Chan­dra Pati, cur­rently hold­ing the po­si­tion of Union Sec­re­tary, De­fence Pro­duc­tion is likely to take over as the new Chief Sec­re­tary of Odisha from Au­gust 1. Spec­u­la­tions are rife about a ma­jor reshuf­fle at the IAS cadre af­ter the new Chief Sec­re­tary takes charge.

Mean­while, ac­cord­ing to sources, 1984 batch Odisha-cadre IAS of­fi­cer R Balakr­ish­nan, who has been on dep­u­ta­tion to the Cen­tre, will be re­turn­ing to the State very soon.

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