Jammu and Kashmir Minister Mehbooba Mufti has allocated portfolios to newly inducted ministers in the state government.
Eight new faces -- six from the BJP and two from the PDP -- on Monday took oath as Minister of State, with Kavinder Gupta replacing Nirmal Singh as the Deputy Chief Minister after the latter tendered his resignation. The ministers were administered the oath of office and secrecy by J-K Governor NN Vohra.
The saffron party had on April 17 asked all its nine ministers in the PDP-BJP government in the state to submit their resignations to enable bringing in new faces in the two-year-old Mehbooba Mufti Cabinet.
Mehbooba Mufti allots portfolios to ministers: Here's the list
Deputy Chief Minister Kavinder Gupta -- Industries, Commerce and Transport
PDP's Pulwama MLA Mohammad Khalil Band -- Agriculture Production
BJP's state unit chief Sat Paul Sharma -- Housing and Urban Development Food
PDP MLA from Sonwar Mohammad Ashraf Mir -- Civil Supplies and Consumer Affairs
Sunil Kumar Sharma - Power Development
BJP's Kathua MLA Rajiv Jasrotia - Forest Ecology and Environment
Sambha MLA Devender K Manyal - Health and Medical Education