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Bhubaneswar: In a recent bureaucratic reshuffle effected by Odisha Government many senior IAS officers have been handed over the charge of major offices including Chief Secretary, State Election Commissioner, Development Commissioner, Agriculture Production Commissioner and Principal Secretary of Home Department.
While senior IAS officer Asit Tripathy today took over charge as the new Chief Secretary of Odisha his predecessor Aditya Prasad Padhi has been appointed as the State Election Commissioner.
After taking charge as the State Election Commissioner, Aditya Prasad Padhi said, “The office is established as per Article 243K of the Indian Constitution. It is my duty to conduct all elections to the Panchayati Raj Institutions (PRIs) and Urban Local Bodies (ULBs). I will perform my duty well.”
Suresh Chandra Mahapatra, after taking charge as Development Commissioner, said, “It is my major responsibility to properly implement all the plans and programmes for development of all areas and sections of society in view of overall development of Odisha.”
Pradipta Kumar Mohapatra, after taking charge as Agriculture Production Commissioner, said, “I will always try to work as a team for proper functioning of the department handed over by the Government. I pray to the Lord that all works of the Government are successful and we be engaged in the service of people.”
Sanjiv Chopra, after taking charge as Principal Secretary of Home Department, said, “My major objective is same as that of all Home Secretaries to maintain a safe enviroment in Odisha particularly for the women, girl child, elderly and vulnerable sections. The law and order situation in Odisha has been very good in Odisha in the last few years. It will be my responsibility to take forward the good work done by my predecessor.”
Chopra asserted that as Industries Secretary he has experienced that law and order is an issue which has to be tackled to attract good investments by the companies from different parts of the country and abroad.
He promised to ensure that the businesses get a safe environment to work in as the economic growth of the State is only possible with the industrial growth.
Chopra said that his other focus area will be community policing. He expressed his desire to know more on this sector from his colleagues in the department and also work together with the police officers.
Policing is not only a responsibility of the police department; it becomes a community kind of an effort where everybody in the community also gets involved. “More people get involved, there are more eyes on the street,” said Chopra while quoting an article by an unknown author.