Mohapatra is a 1986-batch IAS officer who has served the state government in various capacity. He who is currently serving as Development Commissioner will replace Asit Kumar Tripathy. Tripathy was appointed state chief secretary in August 19, 2019 and he is scheduled to retire on December 31, 2020.
After retirement, Tripathy is being rehabilitated as the chairman of Western Odisha Development Council. A communique from the Chief Minister's Office has been issued on Friday stating that Tripathy will be appointed as the chief of Western Odisha Development Council and he will also be the principal advisor to the Chief Minister on regional development, tourism, agri-business and industry, said the CMO.
Meanwhile, state government has elevated 1989-batch IAS officer Pradeep Kumar Jena who is currently serving as the Special Relief Commissioner as development commissioner-cum-additional chief secretary.