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Technocrats In Naveen Patnaik’s New Team


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29 May 2019

Snigdha Chandan Das


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Bhubaneswar: Among the new faces in Naveen Patnaik’s team, all eyes are on technocrats Premananda Nayak and Tusharkanti Behera. 44-year-old Nayak has Bachelors in Technology degree in Mechanical Engineering from National Institute of Technology in Calicut and Behera has graduated from Indian Institute of Technology in Kharagpur.

Nayak had been elected Member of Legislative Assembly from Telkoi in 2009. This year, he defeated BJP’s Dhanujaya Sidhu and Congress’ Prashant Dalei to bag the seat for the second time.

On the other hand, Behera was in Bharatiya Janata Party and the saffron party had trusted him with a ticket to contest the Assembly election. However, Behera jumped ship in the last moment and joined the conch party. He fought from Kakatpur Assembly seat and won by a huge margin.

Both Behera and Nayak are first-time Ministers. As Nayak has been entrusted with Skill Development & Technical Education Department and Behera is in-charge of Electronics & Information Technology, the two Ministers of State are anticipated to play a huge role in taking the State forward in terms of technological advancement.

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Tusharkanti Behera, Minister of State, Odisha