After long years Tourism, Culture, Sports and Youth Services Sector will be handled by a Senior Mandarin, which was used to be headed by a number of Bureaucrats.
He is Vishal Dev, a 1996 Batch IAS Officer, who will be handling these entire Departments single handedly.
With senior IRS Officer, Manoranjan Panigrahy leaving for Government of India on 4 August, after successfully completing long five years of service in the State, the Odisha Government on 31 July notified giving additional charge of Department of Odia Language, Literature and Culture to Mr.Dev.
Mr.Panigrahi earlier served as Secretary Information and Public Relations and later joined in Department of Odia Language, Literature and Culture.
Mr.Dev has been spearheading activities in Tourism Sector, which faced serious situation during COVID-19 Pandemic and chalking out strategy to boost domestic tourism in Post COVID-19 Pandemic.
An able Administrator, Mr.Dev, who was instrumental in handling three big ticket sporting events like the Asian Athletics Championship, Hockey World League and Hockey World Cup, which uplifted Odisha’s status as a Top Destination for World Class Sporting Events.
Senior officials in Department of Odia Language, Literature and Culture are happy with Mr.Dev, a go getter is assigned the charge of the Department.