In a primary main reshuffle in his authorities in two-and-a-half years, Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur has allotted portfolios to a few new Ministers, moreover altering these of different ministerial colleagues. The Chief Minister has retained eight departments, together with Finance, Residence, Tourism, Excise and Taxation, and Public Works.
Veteran legislators Mahender Singh Thakur and Suresh Bhardwaj got essential portfolios, whereas one other senior BJP chief Sarween Chaudhary, the lone lady Minister within the Council of Ministers, was divested of the vital City Growth Division, based on a notification issued on Friday evening.
First-time Minister Rajiv Saizal, an Ayurveda physician by occupation, was given the essential Well being and Family Welfare portfolio that was earlier with the Chief Minister.
The City Growth portfolio has now gone to Suresh Bhardwaj, a legislator from Shimla, who may even maintain the cost of Parliamentary Affairs.
Chaudhary will now take care of Social Justice and Empowerment, a portfolio she held within the earlier BJP authorities led by Prem Kumar Dhumal.
Jal Shakti Minister Mahender Singh Thakur will proceed to carry the present portfolios.
The Transport Ministry was allotted to Bikram Singh, moreover the Industries Division.
One other first-timer Minister Govind Singh Thakur was allotted the Schooling portfolio.
Ram Lal Markanda was given the cost of the Technical Schooling Division. The Agriculture Division’s cost, earlier with Markanda, has now been handed over to Virender Kanwar, who will proceed to carry the Rural Growth and Panchayati Raj Departments.
The primary Cupboard enlargement passed off a day earlier when Sukh Ram Chaudhary, Rakesh Pathania, and Rajinder Garg, all first-time Ministers, had been inducted.
Chaudhary was given the MPP and Energy portfolio, and Pathania allotted the Forest Division. Garg was given the cost of Meals, Civil Provides and Shopper Affairs Departments.
(With company inputs)