Damodar Rout is still a Minister!?


Bhubaneswar: Even one-and-a-half month have passed since he was sacked as the Cooperation Minister, Damodar Rout’s name continues to appear on the Odisha government website as a minister.

As per the portal of the Registrar of Co-operative Society (http://coopodisha.gov.in/RegCoopSociety.html), Rout is still the Minister of Cooperation & Excise.

Moreover, the department’s portal continues to name Manoj Ahuja as the Principal Secretary of the Cooperation department even though Ranjana Chopra took over charge two months back. (http://coopodisha.gov.in/index.html)

Even though the CM has been pushing his 3Ts – teamwork, transparency and technology – framework for better governance, this website which comes under the Cooperation department doesn’t even gets updated timely for basic yet important information.

The current Cooperation Minister Surya Narayan Patro said that it is due to the negligence of the website development company. We will seek a report on the issue, he added.

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