A Group-A level government job has also been offered to the shuttler.
In a damage control exercise, state School and Mass Education Minister Samir Ranjan Dash asserted that the "matter was being examined". Sources said the government has already started the process of withdrawing the booklet from schools.
While picking two partymen, Patnaik announced support to former IAS officer Ashwini Vaishnav, who joined the saffron party just as he got the nomination the other day.
The fact that Naveen Patnaik was neither fluent in Odia nor an orator in any language for that matter, or the fact that he hardly knew the intricacies of Odisha's politics was never a deterrent to his political growth.
A tough taskmaster, Pradhan was picked to head the high-stake Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas when Prime Minister Modi first rode to power in 2014.
Naveen Patnaik was administered the oath of office and secrecy by Governor Ganeshi Lal in the presence of thousands of people and dignitaries at Idco Exhibition Ground.
Mehta said the timing of the award was questionable as the general election was set to take place and the award may cause embarrassment both to the Odisha government and her.