Bhubaneswar: Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik today entrusted the charge of the Excise portfolio held by A U Singhdeo to Sharada Prasad Nayak after Singhdeo resigned on Thursday.
Nayak, Minister of State for Housing and Urban Development (Independent Charge) was given additional charge of Excise, sources in the Chief Minister’s office said.
Similarly the Planning and Coordination portfolio, held by Singhdeo, was given as additional charge to Handloom & Textiles and Science & Technology Minister Usha Devi.
Like wise Usha Devi’s Science & Technology portfolio was entrusted as additional charge to Food Supply and Consumer Welfare Minister Niranjan Pujary.
The hooch tragedy in Cuttack and Khurda districts has claimed 33 lives so far with the BJD Government coming under severe attack as opposition parties including Congress and BJP who have been demanding the resignation of the Chief Minister besides the Excise Minister.