Bhubaneswar: As per the schedule, Asit Kumar Tripathy assumed the office the Chief Secretary of the State on Monday morning. Tripathy took charge from the outgoing Chief Secretary AP Padhi.
After taking charge from Padhi, Tripathy escorted Padhi unto the latter’s car as a courtesy gesture. Thereafter, officers of the GA Department and Secretaries of all Departments greeted New Chief Secretary Tripathy offering flower bouquets to him.
Notably, Padhi would also take charge as the State Election Commissioner today. He quit the Chief Secretary post after he was appointed SEC by the Governor a week back. He has taken voluntary retirement from the Government job.
Similarly, 1986-batch officer Suresh Kumar Mohapatra will take charge as new Development Commissioner and 1988-batch officer Pradipta Kumar Mohapatra as Agriculture Production Commissioner today.
All these offices were given new appointments in bureaucratic reshuffles effected by the State Government recently.