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VK Pandian’s wife proceeds on leave for six months

By IndianMandarins- 08 Jun 2024
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Bhubaneshwar (08.06.2024): Four days after the results of Odisha Assembly elections were announced, VK Pandian's wife Sujata R Karthikeyan (IAS: 2000: OD), who has been serving as Special Secretary to the Finance Department of the Odisha Government, has gone on six months' leave.
Earlier in May, the Election Commission of India had ordered the transfer of Karthikeyan from the post of secretary to the Mission Shakti department in Odisha. The ECI's order came when the Model Code of Conduct was in force for the Lok Sabha polls 2024. She is granted Child Care Leave for a period of six months i.e. 180 days w.e.f 31.05.2024 to 26.11.2024 to take care of her daughter appearing her 10th exam.
She married V K Pandian, a Tamil Nadu native and her batchmate from the Lal Bahadur Shastri National Academy of Administration. who took centre stage during the poll campaigning. Pandian has been the right hand of Patnaik since last year when he took voluntary retirement to join the government and was given the rank of a cabinet minister.

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