Bhubaneswar, December 16: After completion of Central deputation, 1996-batch IAS officer Usha Padhee returned to Odisha. She has been appointed as Principal Secretary of the Skill Development and Technical Education Department, said an official release on Friday.
According to a General Administration and Public Grievance Department notification, Padhee has also been assigned additional charge of Commerce & Transport Department.
Since Padhee was the Joint Secretary in Ministry of Civil Aviation and steered the UDAN scheme, she is expected to expedite flight operations to Rourkela and add more options for Jeypore airport.
Similarly, 1995-batch IAS officer Hemant Sharma has been appointed as Principal Secretary of Industries Department. Sharma has also been allowed to remain in additional charge as Chairman IPICOL and chairman IDCO, the notification stated.
1995-batch officer Bishnupada Sethi, currently posted as Higher Education Department Principal Secretary with additional charge of Commerce and Transport Department, has been appointed as Principal Secretary, Higher Education.
“The additional appointment of IAS Hemant Sharma as principal secretary to government Skill Development and Technical Education Department and Bishupada Sethi, IAS as principal secretary to government, Commerce and Transport department shall stand terminated from the date Usha Padhee, IAS takes over,” the official notification read.