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Orissa Watershed Development Mission

Smt. Sujata R. Karthikeyan, IAS, Director, Odisha Watershed Development Mission (OWDM)

Smt. Sujata R. Karthikeyan, IAS

Mahesh Das, Additional Director

Mr.Mahesh is one among the 1984 batch B.Sc Agril Eng &Tech. from CAET , OUAT, Bhubaneswar, origins in Soil Conservation Organisation and now positioned as Addl. Director, OWDM on deputation. Started serving and experiencing in the field of NRM & W/S Development and allied field since 14th Nov’1984 in different capacity covering most remote areas like Chitrakonda, Malkangiri, Western and Coastal Odisha. Had an foreign tour to attend 25 days International Conference at Tanzania while working as Project Director in DANIDA assisted bilateral project on watershed development. Look after Office Anministration in general, allegation & inquiry matter, inspection of Watersheds, monitoring District Offices and overall administration during absence of Director including additional responsibilities as and when given by the Director, OWDM.

Kelu Charan Pahadsingh, Manager Administration

Sri K C Pahadsingh joined Odisha Secretariat service in the Labour and Employment Department in 1974. He has served more than 37 years successfully in different State Government departments & Heads of Departments. He joined O.A.S in the year 2007. He has served in different administrative capacities such as Tahasildar, B.D.O and CDPO. He has performed magisterial duties as Tahasildar. He has implemented different development and welfare programmes during his tenure as B.D.O. He has the experience of managing human resources and coordinating with line departments for successful implementation of projects and programmes. He retired from Government service w.e.f 30.04.2011. He has been re-employed and posted as Manager, Administration in OWDM on 14th September 2012.

Mr. Niranjan Sahu, Manager (GIS)

Niranjan has 20 years of work experience in the field of teaching, extension, research and development. He has the experience of an entire project cycle while working in DANIDA assisted bilateral project on watershed development. Working experience with Government, NGOs, Civil society and the tribal are his assets. Participatory planning, Capacity building, Natural resources management and Monitoring and evaluation are his domain of core competencies. He has worked in multicultural and multisectoral environment. M. Tech in Agricultural Engineering with specialization in Soil and Water Conservation from IIT, Kharagpur; Post Graduate Certificate in Business management(PGCBM) from Xavier Institute of Management(XIM),Bhubaneswar; Overseas General management from Ramboll, Denmark and P.G. Diploma in Social Work and Human Resources Development are his academic credentials. He is a team player and passionate to work on climate change.

Sanjay Mohanty, Manager CB

Mr. Sanjay Kumar Mohanty joined in govt. service in the year 1994. He has more than 17 years of experience in planning, implementation, budgeting, monitoring and evaluation of schemes /programs relating to social & rural development, watershed development & livelihoods promotion. Presently he is working in Odisha Watershed Development Mission and looking after capacity building aspects of watershed development programme. His educational qualification is M.Tech in Agricultural Engineering

Sankarshan Mahunta, Manager (Livestock)

Graduated from College of Veterinary Science & Animal Husbandry, OUAT, Bhubaneswar in 2000. Worked as Veterinary Asst. Surgeon from 2000 to 2008. Completed MVSC. in Livestock Production & Management in 2010 as a sponsored candidate of State Govt. from OUAT with gold medal. Joined as Manager (Livestock) in OWDM and is still continuing.

Manas Ranjan Behura, A.A.E

Mr. Manas has completed his graduation from college of Agriculture Engineering And Technology, OUAT, Bhubaneswar in the year 1988. He joined State govt. during Nov’1988 under Soil Conservation Directorate, Odisha. He has already completed more than 23 years of service in State Govt. Since 1988 he is very much involved in the field of NRM, Soil & Moisture Conservation & Geo-hydrological Structures. He has very good practical knowledge in watershed management, community mobilization, capacity building, livelihood support stake holders in watershed since 1991. He has completed 10 yrs of field service in Tribal areas of Gunpur & 3 years experience as Asst. Soil Conservation officer in Chatrapur sub division of Ganjam Dist. Joined OWDM during June’2005 for central sponsored scheme “enhancing Sustainability of Dry Land, Rain Fed Farming System”, Operated in 8 DPAP districts of Odisha. He has completed his MBA from Utkal University Vanivihar with specialization in HR during 2008.

Ashok Rath, Assistant Manager, D & C

Mr. Ashok Kumar Rath entered into the State Government service during January, 1982 and joined under the control of Director, Soil Conservation, Odisha. He is a Botany post graduate. During his last 30 years of service both in field and office in different districts he acquired vast experience in planning, monitoring and management of land, water under NRM sectors, soil and moisture/water conservation interventions, geo-hydrological structures coupled with monitoring and evaluation, community mobilisation, awareness building and livelihood support to different stake holders for effective implementation of watershed development programmes. He loves designing and land shaping of gardens including gardening. His contribution for beautification of Regional Plant Resource Centre, Bhubaneswar during 1984-85 is praise worthy. At present he is working under OWDM in managerial capacity after being deputed from Soil Conservation Directorate. He is assigned with the responsibility of Public Information Officer (PIO) under RTI Act, 2005, Documentation and Communication and Assembly related matters pertaining to OWDM, Bhubaneswar.

Banshidhar Sasamal, Assistant Manager M E 1

He joined in State Government Service in November, 1982. His experience includes more than 29 years in the field of Soil Conservation and Watershed Development both at State and field level. His educational qualification is B.Sc. (Botany Hons.). His services have been placed under Director, Watershed Mission since April, 2004 on deputation. He is working in Managerial capacity and is entrusted with the responsibility of Monitoring & Evaluation of Government of India sponsored scheme, Integrated Watershed Development Programme (IWDP). He likes spiritual activities

Jyoti Ranjan Mishra, Assistant Manager M E 2

Jyoti Ranjan Mishra : He holds a master degree in Agricultural Economics from O.U.A.T., Bhubaneswar . A four month certificate course on “Application of GIS and Remote Sensing on Soils and Land Use Planning” from I.I.R.S., Dehradun got added to his credit during the year 1998. Sri Mishra has a continuous working experience of more than 15 years in the field of watershed management , planning and monitoring at both state and field level. He has the privilege of learning from reputed institutes such as T.E.R.I.(New Delhi), N.I.R.D.( Hyderabad ) and premier state institute - G.A.A, Bhubaneswar. His present assignment inter alia includes managing the affairs of a Government of India sponsored programmee namely” Drought prone Area programme(DPAP)”.

Sanjeeb Kumar Bohidar, Asst. Manager CB

Sanjeeb kumar Bohidar: Post-graduate in Agriculture with specialization in Agricultural Economics. Joined in Government service in 1995. He has completed four months certificate course on “Application of GIS and Remote Sensing on Soils and Land Use Planning” from IIRS, Dehradun. Trained at some premier institute like AISLUS, Nagpur, IIHR, Bengaluru, ICRISAT, Hyderabad. Projects handled Integrated Watershed Management Programme (IWMP), RLTAP and Coffee Plantation programme

Girija Shankar Pani, Assistant Manager - Finance

: He joined in State Government Service in March, 1984. His experience includes more than 27 years in the field of Soil Conservation and Watershed Development both at State and field level. His services have been placed under the disposal of Director, Watershed Mission since August, 2004 on deputation. His educational qualification is B.Sc (Chemistry Hons.) and he has undergone a three months Soil Conservation Training Course at Damodar Valley Corporation, Hazaribagh during the year 1996. He is working in Managerial capacity and is entrusted with the responsibility of Finance related matters.

Biswanath Padhi, Steno


Surat Kumar Das, Steno



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