30 September 2019
Bhubaneswar: Four Odias have featured in the Indian Express power list-IE100: List of most powerful Indians in 2019.
While two out of the four are politicians, the other two are bureaucrats.
They are Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik, Petroleum and Natural Gas Minister Dharmendra Pradhan, Principal Secretary to Prime Minister P K Mishra and Reserve Bank of India (RBI) Governor Shaktikanta Das.
Giving its reason for choosing Patnaik in the list, the newspaper says that he has never lost an election in his career, and returned to power in May for the fifth continuous time, overcoming 20 years of anti-incumbency and BJP might and has added that his success is without match not just in Odisha politics but also in other states.
The publication further says that Patnaik's government successfully organised the World Cup Hockey in Bhubaneswar in 2018 and promises to make the city “the sports capital of the country”.
The BJD government was also lauded internationally for effective evacuation ahead of cyclonic storm Fani, it adds.
The newspaper states that Patnaik is working with the Centre to transform Odisha into the country’s steel hub.
The Indian Express says that Pradhan as the BJP's face in Odisha had played a crucial role in building the party organisation in the state adding he continues to hold the powerful Petroleum and Natural Gas portfolio in the new Modi Cabinet.
It further says that Pradhan’s move to announce a daal-salt-rice package in the PDS in Odisha, despite it not being projected in the party manifesto for the Odisha Assembly elections, is said to have helped the BJP emerge as a formidable opposition in the state.
The newspaper says, Pramod Kumar Mishra's position has got stronger after his elevation as Principal Secretary to the Prime Minister.
It says that Mishra who had worked closely with Narendra Modi since Gujarat has the Prime Minister's complete confidence and has been his chief emissary on all important bureaucratic and policy issues across ministries.
Reserve Bank of India Governor Shaktikanta Das is the fourth Odia to feature in the list.
The Indian Express says that ever since taking over in December 2018, Das has led the RBI from the front in bringing down interest rates, while managing to sustain price stability. Under him, the RBI has also mended its strained relationship with the Finance Ministry. The RBI Board, chaired by Das, worked out a formal method to share the central bank’s reserves with the government, it added.
According to The Indian Express Narendra Modi, Amit Shah, Justice Ranjan Gogoi, Mohan Bhagwat, Mukesh Ambani, Rajnath Singh, Ajit Doval, Nirmala Sitharaman, Nitin Gadkari and J P Nadda are the top ten most powerful Indians in 2019.