BHUBANESWAR : Odisha Finance Minister Pradip Kumar Amat has been given additional charge of the Health and Welfare department after Atanu Sabyasachi Nayak’s resignation on moral grounds in the wake of the SUM fire mishap.

A notice from the Chief Minister’s Office said that the Information and Public Relations portfolio, which was held by Nayak, has been doled out to Forest and Environment serve Bikram Keshari Arukha.

Arukha, considered as the strong man from Ganjam, the home district of Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik, already holds the Parliamentary Affairs portfolio.

Both Amat and Arukha are senior ministers in the Naveen Patnaik Cabinet.

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