Odisha Sports Minister Tusharkanti Behera on Saturday felicitated 27 athletes of the state who shone at different Championships at an award ceremony held at the Kalinga Stadium.
All the 20 members of the Naveen Patnaik-led government in Odisha including the incumbent Speaker put in their papers on Saturday ahead of the scheduled reshuffle of the cabinet on Sunday.
Since riding back to power for a back-to-back fifth term in 2019, this will be Naveen Patnaik’s first cabinet reshuffle.
The non-performing ministers and those mired in controversies are likely to be axed as Patnaik’s reshuffle is being touted as a major step towards setting the government machinery in perfect order ahead of the 2024 polls. Around a dozen new faces are likely to be inducted into the cabinet at the expense of an equal number of non-performing ministers.