Bhubaneswar: Union Minister of Petroleum and Natural Gas and Steel Dharmendra Pradhan and Union Minister of State for MSME, Agriculture, Animal Husbandry, Dairying and Fisheries Pratap Chandra Sarangi were given grand receptions by BJP workers and leaders on their arrival at the Biju Patnaik International Airport hear this morning.
Pradhan who returned the Petroleum and Natural Gas portfolio for the second consecutive time and got the important Steel Ministry, received flower bouquets from hundred of party workers at the BPIA. He is believed to be one of the most trusted man of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
Sarangi, the first time MP from Balasore to directly received power bookcase from his fans and party workers. Sarangi used to take bath in village tubewell and ride bicycle to move to markets along with village people. He was inducted into the Union Ministry on his first entry to the Lower House of the Parliament.
The two popular ministers were then escorted in a grand procession to the the BJP state headquarters where they wear welcomed by all leaders of the party.
According to reports, the two Union Ministers will hold review meetings on the restoration works going on in the Cyclone Fani-affected areas in the State.
Notably the Union Government has released Rs 1300 crore to the State for undertaking restoration works. Recently, the State Government submitted its final damage report to the Centre and sought an assistance of Rs 5.2 crore from the National Disaster Relief Fund (NDRF).