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Odisha : Pradeep Jena Is The New Chief Secretary

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Pradeep Kumar Jena has been appointed as the new chief secretary of Odisha. Mr. Jena will succeed Suresh Chandra Mahapatra, whose term ends on February 28.

A 1989-batch Indian Administrative Service (IAS) officer, Mr. Jena was serving as the development commissioner, considered the number two position in the state’s bureaucratic hierarchy. He will continue as the special relief commissioner of the state.

He has a master of science degree in geology and has held key positions in energy, water resources, rural development and information technology departments. His role will be crucial in the expeditious implementation of some of the critical infrastructure and other projects which includes transformation of Jagannath Temple in Puri, renovation of other religious places, upgradation of SCB Medical College in Cuttack and implementation of irrigation projects in different parts.

Anu Garg will replace Jena as the new development commissioner. A 1991-batch IAS officer, Ms. Anu is currently serving as additional chief secretary (ACS) of the water resources department and will continue to do so.


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