Bhubaneswar: Suresh Chandra Mahapatra, the former chief secretary and chairperson of the Odisha Electricity Regulatory Commission (OERC), has been appointed as the new Chief Advisor in the chief minister’s office. The announcement was made through a release from the Chief Minister’s Office (CMO) on Friday.
Mahapatra, in light of his request, has been granted permission to step down from his position as the Chairperson of OERC. Meanwhile, R Balakrishnan, serving as Chief Advisor for Special Initiatives with the rank of Chief Secretary, will continue in his current role. Notably, he has been relieved from the additional charge of Chief Advisor in the CMO.
Additionally, Asit Tripathy, who holds the position of Chairman at the Western Odisha Development Council (WODC), has voluntarily relinquished his additional responsibilities as the Principal Advisor, as per his request.