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Bihar cabinet: CM Nitish Kumar allocates portfolios, keeps Home Ministry; Tejashwi Yadav gets Health

Bihar Cabinet expansion: Earlier in the day, 31 ministers took oath, with the RJD getting a lion’s share, and care having been taken to represent all sections of the society, including the minorities.

Nivedita Dash Edited By: Nivedita Dash Patna Updated on: August 16, 2022 18:51 IST
Nitish Kumar with Tejashwi Yadav
Image Source : PTI Nitish Kumar with Tejashwi Yadav

Bihar cabinet expansion: Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Tuesday allocated berths after 31 ministers took the oath. The CM has kept Home Ministry with himself and have given Health Ministry to his deputy and RJD leader Tejashwi Yadav. RJD chief Lalu Prasad Yadav's elder son Tej Pratap has been made Minister of Environment, Forest and Climate Change.

CM Kumar has also kept with himself general administration, cabinet secretariat, election and “any other departments not assigned to others”, said an official communication. Deputy CM Tejashwi Prasad Yadav has got key portfolios like health, road construction, urban housing and development and rural works.

Besides the CM and the deputy CM, only Vijay Kumar Chaudhary (finance, commercial tax and parliamentary affairs) and Bijendra Yadav (power and planning and development) have got more than one portfolios.

After assuming the charge, deputy CM Tejashwi Yadav said, "This is the govt of poor people in Bihar. We'll work together to fulfill our promises. Since the new govt has been formed, there are discussions about employment & development... We have people from all castes, including backwards, minorities & Dalits."

HERE IS THE FULL LIST

Ministers       -                       Portfolio 

  1. Chief Minister Nitish Kumar (JD-U)   -       Home, Vigilance, Cabinet Secretariat, and all other departments which are yet to be allotted
  2. Deputy CM Tejashwi Yadav  RJD     -       Health, Road construction,Urban Development, Housing, Rural Works 
  3. Vijay Kumar Chaudhary (JD-U)   -      Finance, Parliamentary Affairs, Trade Tax
  4. Bijendra Prasad Yadav  (JD-U)     -       Energy, Planning and Development
  5. Alok Kumar Mehta   (RJD)            -       Revenue and Land Development
  6. Tej Pratap Yadav (RJD)                -       Environment, Forest and Climate Change
  7. Afaque Alam (Congress)              -        Animal Husbandry and Fisheries
  8. Ashok Chaudhary  (JD-U)  -         Building Construction 
  9. Shrawan Kumar (JD-U)      -         Rural Development 
  10. Surendra Prasad Yadab RJD          -         Co-operative 
  11. Ramanand Yadav RJD                 -         Mining
  12. Leshi  Singh   (JD-U)-        Food and Consumer Protection 
  13. Madan Sahani (JD-U)  -         Social Welfare 
  14. Kumar Sarvjit  RJD               -         Tourism
  15. Lalit Kumar Yadav RJD           -          Public Health Engineering
  16. Santosh Kumar Suman HAM      -          SC/ST WelfareSheela Kumari (JD-U)   -          Transport
  17. Sameer Kumar Mahaseth RJD        -          Industry
  18. Chandra Shekhar   RJD  -           Education 
  19. Sumit Kumar Singh (Independent)          -            Science and Technology
  20. Sunil Kumar (JD-U) -            Excise and Prohibition 
  21. Anita Devi RJD                 -            Backward Classes Welfare Department
  22. Jitendra Kumar Rai  RJD- Art, Culture and Youth Affairs 
  23. Jayant Raj  (JD-U)        - Minor Water Resources 
  24. Sudhakar Singh RJD      - Agriculture 
  25. Md Jama Khan  (JD-U)        -  Minority Welfare
  26. Murari Prasad Gautam (Congress) - Panchayati Raj
  27. Kartik Kumar RJD     -    Law
  28. Shamim Ahmed   RJD - Sugarcane Industry 
  29. Shahnawaz RJD       - Disaster Management
  30. Surendra Ram RJD    - Labour Resource Department
  31. Md Israil Mansuri RJD - Information and Technology

Earlier in the day, 31 ministers took oath, with the RJD getting a lion’s share, and care having been taken to represent all sections of the society, including the minorities. Among the ministers who took oath, 16 were from RJD, 11 from Chief Minister Nitish Kumar’s JD(U), two from Congress, one from ex-CM Jitan Ram Manjhi’s Hindustani Awam Morcha (HAM) and one Independent.

India Tv - First Bihar cabinet meet

Image Source : INDIA TVFirst Bihar cabinet meet

The number of Muslims in the new cabinet is five, up from only one in the previous NDA government that fell last week after the chief minister severed ties with the BJP.

The RJD has, predictably, given a significant number of seven berths to Yadavs, including Tej Pratap Yadav, the elder son of party president Lalu Prasad.

 

It, however, also gave representation to the upper castes in keeping with the wider social outreach by deputy CM Tejashwi Yadav.

Among those from the RJD quota were Kartikeya Singh, a Bhumihar MLC, and Sudhakar Singh, a Rajput, whose father Jagadanand Singh is currently the state president. The JD(U) has retained its ministers from the previous dispensation. The Congress is represented by a Dalit and a Muslim.

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