Panda Gets Secretary Rank

With 73 IAS Officers empanelled in the rank of Union Secretary, Additional Secretary and Equivalent Status, Odisha has got its share in the “Elite” Group.

While one of the brightest Odia IAS Officers , Debashish Panda elevated to the rank fo Secretary to Government of India, another Odia Bureaucrat, Bimbadhar Pradhan got an Equivalent Status.

And two Mandarins of Odisha Cadre in 1987 batch Rajesh Verma and Tuhin Kanta Pande also got empanelled in the rank of Secretary.

Mr.Verma is serving as Additional Secretary in Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers’ Welfare, while Mr.Pande is Chief Resident Commissioner Odisha at New Delhi.

Elevation of Debashish Panda, 1987 Batch IAS of Uttar Pradesh Cadre, belongs to a highly respectable family in Odisha has brought cheers in the State and senior officers of the Indian Banking Circle are happy over his promotion.

Mr.Panda, Additional Secretary Financial Services is spearheading reforms in Banking Sector and is known for his positive minded approach.

During recent visit to Odisha Mr.Panda asked the banks to give priority to credit disbursement in tourism, handicraft and handloom sectors which have been hit by the Super Storm, FANI.

Mr.Panda also laid emphasis on banks ensuring measures to successfully organise loan melas and provide insurance to all their customers, said Laxmikanta Mishra AGM Punjab National Bank (PNB).

Where ever he has worked, Mr.Panda has been helpful to people like his younger brother Subhashish Panda, 1997 batch IAS Officer on a Central Deputation serving in AIIMS, an equally pro-people minded Mandarin.

Panda Family is respected in Odisha and they are known as good and helpful personalities, said a former Chief Secretary.

1991 Batch IAS Saurabh Garg, Anu Garg and Satyabrat Sahu have been empanelled in Additional Secretary and Equivalent Rank.

While Mr.Garg is Principal Secretary Agriculture, Ms.Garg is Principal Secretary Women & Child Development.

Mr.Sahu, a versatile Mandarin is now on Central Deputation to Government of India is now serving is Director Administration and Finance in National Highway Infrastructure Development Corporation Limited (NHIDCL).

While he is serving is Union Government, Mr.Sahu has never forgotten the State and its people.

Thanks to his efforts, Odisha will be getting a “Bus Port” an Ultra Modern Inter State Bus Terminal at Cuttack and his initiative for brining improvement in Aspirational District of Rayagada has been appreciated in various forums.

Mr.Sahu during his recent visit to the State spent more time for Bus Port and visiting Aspirational Rayagada, rather than spending time in socailizing, which is his forte.
With his assignment in Union Government nearing an end soon, Mr.Sahu will be brining with him a lot of rich experience of both social and Infrastructure sector, which will be very useful for the State, feel insiders.


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