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Odisha govt names four senior IAS officers to look after development works in Maoist-hit districts
Odisha government on Tuesday handpicked four senior bureaucrats to monitor various development works in four Maoist- hit districts including Malkangiri, Nabarangpur, Nuapada and Kandhamaal. A decision to this effect was taken by Chief Minister, Naveen Patnaik at the secretariat.
Additional Chief Secretary Upendra Nath Behara would look after Malkangiri district. Behara, a 1983 batch IAS officer, who served earlier during 1985 to 1987 in un-divided Koraput district, knows about the district from one corner to other.

The Member Board of Revenue, Ashok Tripathy, a 81 batch IAS officer is in-charge of Naupada District; Additional Chief Secretary in-charge of Finance, R. Bala Krishna, a 1984 batch IAS officer, would look after the developmental works in Nabarangpur district.

The fourth one, Chief Minister's Additional Chief secretary, Aditya Prasad Padhi, a 1983 batch IAS officer has been given the responsibility of communally sensitive Khandamal district. A release issued by office of the Chief Minister confirmed these appointments.

Chief Minister, Naveen Patnaik would review the progress of the developmental works in these four districts every month. The four senior bureaucrats would ensure agriculture, irrigation, health, education, rural electrification, drinking water and other welfare programmes in these districts.

Poverty, lack of infrastructure, communication hurdle, low literacy rate, high infant and mother mortality have been major challenges in these four districts, the release added.

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