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Odisha: Pandian gets Cabinet rank and much more on Vijayadashmi

By IndianMandarins- 24 Oct 2023
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New Delhi (24.10.2023): Following the approval of VRS in a record three-days’ time by the Centre and on expected lines the Naveen Patnaik Administration appointed V Kartikeya Pandian (Retd IAS: 2000: OD) as the Chairman of 5T (Transformational Initiative) and Nabin Odisha in the rank of Cabinet Minister on Vijayadashmi. The notification of his appointment categorically announced that Pandian in the new capacity will be directly reporting to Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik; a decision that virtually makes him second most powerful political personality in the state. The 90-day VRS norm has also been relaxed for Pandian.

Taking a cue from the chronology of the Odisha Govt’s communication and Centre’s quick move on Pandian’s VRS and his appointment in the rank of Cabinet Minister in quick succession, the message appears to be loud and clear that Pandian’s transition from a bureaucrat to an all-powerful political leader of the state is complete.

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