Bhubaneswar: Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Friday appointed chairpersons of 30 District Planning Committees (DPCs) in the state.
As many as 17 Ministers of the State government and 12 MLAs have been appointed for the district planning body chief’s post.
The MLAs with the new responsibility will be accorded Minister of State (MoS) status.
Sports and Youth Services Minister Tusharkanti Behera has been appointed as the chairman of the DPC of Maoist-infested Malkangiri, while Information & Public Relations Raghunandan Das to head the DPC of Nabarangpur.
Panchayati Raj Minister Pratap Jena has been appointed the chairperson of Mayurbhanj DPC while School and Mass Education Minister Samir Ranjan Dash named chairperson of Jajpur district.
The other Ministers and MLAs who have been named chairpersons are Jagannath Saraka (Gajapati), Ananta Das (Balasore) Bikram Keshari Arukha (Kandhamal), Sudam Marndi (Sonepur), Padmini Dian (Rayagada), Raghu Ram Padal (Koraput), Rajendra Dholakia (Nuapada), Naba Kisore Das (Bolangir), Ranendra Pratap Swain (Kendrapara), Sarada Prasad Nayak (Sundargarh), Ashok Chandra Panda (Angul), Dibya Shankar Mishra (Dhenkanal), Prafulla Kumar Mallik (Deogarh), Prafulla Kumar Mallik (Keonjhar), Tukuni Sahu (Kalahandi), Byomakesh Ray (Bhadrak). Prasanta Kumar Muduli (Jagatsinghpur), Pramod Kumar Mallick (Cuttack), Niranjan Pujari (Puri), Prasanta Kumar Jagadev (Khurda), Satyanarayan Pradhan (Nayagarh), Srikanta Sahu (Ganjam), Mahidhara Rana (Boudh), Debesh Acharya (Bargarh), Susanta Singh (Sambalpur) Padmanabha Behera (Jharsuguda).