Bhubaneswar24/18;: Biju Janata Dal (BJD) supremo and Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Thursday appointed former minister Raghunath Mohanty as the chairman of Odisha Lift Irrigation Corporation.
Apart from the chairman’s post, the CM also accorded cabinet minister status to Mohanty.
Recently, Patnaik had appointed Mohanty as the vice-president and party’s observer for Dhenkanal district.
Mohanty, who was elected five times as MLA from Basta in Balasore district, was removed from the post in March 2013 after he was arrested in connection with a dowry harassment case filed by his daughter-in-law Barsa Swony Choudhury.
In a related development, the state government has appointed Sandhyabati Pradhan as the chairperson of the State Commission for Protection of Child Rights (OSCPCR). She was appointed for a term of three years.