Prafulla Samal is new WCD minister

Bhubaneswar: Panchyati Raj Minister Prafulla Samal was on Monday formally given additional charge of the women and child development (WCD) department after Pramila Mallik quit the post on Saturday, official sources said.

Samal, who is also in charge of the information and public relations (I&PR) department.

Governor M C Bhandare has approved a recommendation in this regard made by Chief Minister Naveen Patnik. A notification on reallocation of the department has been issued.

"I am happy that the chief minister has considered me worth of handling the WCD department. I will work hard to solve problems in the department and ensure that the women and children get good quality food stuff," Samal told reporters.