Bhubaneswar: IAS officer Suresh Chandra Mohapatra appointed Chief Secretary and Chief Development Commissioner of Odisha. He is 2nd Senior-most IAS officer of Odisha cadre after Upendra Prasad Singh. Outgoing CS Asit Kumar Tripathy appointed as Chairman of Western Odisha Development Council.He will be also principal Advisor to CM on Regional Development ,Tourism , Agribusiness & Industry . IAS Pradeep Kumar Jena posted as Development Commissioner cum Additional Chief Secretary of Odisha.
Academic and Professional Background of Sri Suresh Chandra Mohapatra, Chief Designated
Born at Kansar village in Deogarh district in 1962 Sri Mohapatra belongs to Keonjhar district. He passed matriculation from DN Highschool Keonjhar, B. Sc. from Ravenshaw college in 1982 and MSc tech Applied Geology from ISM Dhanbad in 1985.Joined IAS in 1986 after brief stint in ONGC. After probation in Sambalpur district he was posted as Sub collector Nuapada in Kalahandi district for 2 years from 1988 to 90 Then after he served as ADM Puri followed by PD DRDA Balasore and Mayurbhanj districts between 1990 to 1993.
Sri Mohapatra joined as first Collector of newly formed Bhadrak district in 1993 after the Riots. During serious Kandhamal riots the than Chief Minister Biju Pattnaik posted him as Collector Kandhamal to manage the riots. During Naba Kalebar of lords in 1996, he was posted as Collector Puri, removed encroachment around Meghanad pacheri and conducted Nabakalevar smoothly. Sri Mohapatra led Omfed as MD for about 6 years and launched many new products. He was entrusted with responsibility of CEO, CESU after the power company AES left suddenly. Then after he led GRIDCO as CMD for 3 years, became RDC Cuttack for 2 years. He was appointed as Chief Administrator of Puri temple for 3 years, Principal Secretary of energy department twice, Principal Secretary in Water resources and Additional Chief Secretary Forest and Environment Dept for about 8 years. During this time Sri Mohapatra very successfully started the trend setting innovative schemes like mega lift, deep bore well, check dams and eco tourism. These programs, because of their success and potential were replicated and up-scaled in successive years.
Sri Mohapatra was again posted as chief administrator of Puri temple in 2015 for the second time during which he conducted Nabakalevar of the Lords . Presently, he is serving as Additional Chief Secretary and Development Commissioner and working chairman of Temple management committee. He was also sent to handle Kandhamal riots in 2007 and 2008 by the Chief Minister.