Former Bureaucrat V K Pandian today officially joined the Biju Janata Dal at the Naveen Nivas in the presence of party supremo and Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik.
In October this year, VK Pandian was appointed as chairman of 5T (Transformational Initiative) and ‘Nabin Odisha’ in the rank of Cabinet Minister under the Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik-led government.
This came a day after the Centre approved the voluntary retirement of the IAS officer, who has been serving as private secretary to the Odisha Chief Minister.
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VK Pandian is a 2000-batch Odisha cadre IAS officer. He started his career as a civil servant as a sub-collector in Dharmagarh, located in Kalahandi district. Pandian subsequently served as a collector in the Mayurbhanj and Ganjam districts before transitioning to his role in the Chief Minister’s office.
In the last 10 years since joining, Pandian has played a key role in many crucial decisions of the Patnaik government.
Prior to seeking Voluntary retirement VK Pandian served as 5T Secretary to the State Government. 5T is a charter of governance which emphasises Transparency, Technology, Teamwork, Time leading to Transformation. This the state government said ensures the speedy completion of many projects.
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Pandian also played a key part in mega projects such as Sri Jagannath Heritage Corridor. The Srimandir Parikrama project which is likely to be completed this year will create an unobstructed 75-metre corridor around the outer wall of the Shree Jagannath Temple. Upon completion, devotees will get an obstructed view of the temple from a distance. The corridor will also provide amenities for devotees and strengthen security around the complex.
Along with Srimandir Pandian also supervised the Odisha government initiative of renovation and restoration of ancient and revered temples throughout the state.
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In September, Pandian had completed his tour of all 147 assembly constituencies in the state bringing an end to his six-month-long visit to all the districts in the state.
During the tours he discussed with the local people about their pressing problems, and visited heritage tourism sites to review the development of their infrastructure under the 5T programme.
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Pandian is also said to be the man behind the Odisha governments flagship program Mo Sarkar. Mo Sarkar is aimed at injecting professionalism and a sustained behavioural change in public offices and functionaries through a random feedback mechanism that directly connects the government with the citizens. The Odisha government says it has enabled closer scrutiny of the services being delivered to the citizens by the government.
With his formal induction into the BJD, Pandian is expected to play a key role as the BJD will seek an unprecedented 6th term in office when elections are held in the state in 2024. Naveen Patnaik has been the Chief Minister since the year 2000.
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