Pandian gets additional charge of secretary to CM’s 5Ts

Bhubaneswar: Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik’s private secretary V K Pandian on Monday was given additional charge of the secretary to CM’s- Transformation and Initiatives (5Ts), officials said.

A proposal in this regard was approved by Patnaik, sources said, adding that apart from functioning as the private secretary to the chief minister, Pandian will now hold the additional charge of secretary of the Chief Minister’s 5Ts- Transparency, Teamwork, Technology, Time and Transformation.

The action plan under 5Ts includes a number of new initiatives including creation of a ‘Mo College’ platform in line with state government’s ‘Mo School’ campaign to allow alumni and other interested individuals to contribute to the development of the colleges.

After assuming office as the chief minister of Odisha for fifth consecutive term, Patnaik has been giving emphasis on 5Ts. He has advised his Council of Ministers, newly-elected MLAs and bureaucrats to focus on this 5T “Mantras” to build a ‘New Odisha’.

A 2000 Batch IAS officer, Pandian has been serving as the private secretary to chief minister since May 2011