Bhubaneswar: The State Government today appointed Rasananda Sahoo as the new Works Secretary. He is now serving as the Engineer in-chief (Civil).
Sahoo’s appointment came after Nalini Kant Pradhan resigned from the position on Thursday a month before completion of his one-year extension period. Though he supposed to retire on March 31 last year, but he was given one-year extension.
Pradhan, a 1980 batch Civil Engineer and MSc Engg (Transportation) has been instrumental in preparing State Road Plan, e- Governance and Asset Management.
Political circle is now abuzz with speculation that Pradhan will join the ruling BJD and contest the Sambalpur Lok Sabha seat in the upcoming elections. He was also targeted by opposition parties for reported poor construction work of major projects leading to their collapse not only in Bhubaneswar but also in other parts of the State.