GUWAHATI, May 30 – Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi today distributed the portfolios to the members of his Council of Ministers and kept with himself key departments like Home, Political, Finance, Guwahati Development, Information Technology and other departments not allotted to any other Minister.
Several Ministers received portfolios that they held in the previous Government, while the new entrants in the Ministry also got important portfolios.
Senior Minister Prithibi Majhi has been given portfolios like Revenue and Disaster Management, Relief and Rehabilitation, Tea Tribes Welfare, Labour and Employment, while former Assembly Speaker Tanka Bahadur Rai, who has been included in the Ministry this time, has been given portfolios like Planning and Development, Judicial, Legislative, Pension and Public Grievances, etc. Gautam Roy will look after Public Health Engineering Department while Ajanta Neog has retained her PWD portfolio and has been given the additional charge of Urban Development and Housing.
Dr Ardhendu Dey will look after Irrigation and Soil Conservation Departments, while Akon Bora retained the portfolios of Social Welfare and Jail. Chandan Brahma retained his Transport portfolio and has been given additional departments like Tourism and WPT and BC in the BTAC areas. Khorsing Ingty has been given departments like Animal Husbandry and Veterinary, Mines and Minerals and Hill Areas Development.
Himanta Biswa Sarma has retained his Health portfolio. He has also been given other key portfolios of Education and Implementation of Assam Accord. Dr Nazrul Islam has retained his Food and Civil Supplies and Welfare of Minorities portfolios, while new entrant Nilamani Sen Deka has been given the portfolios of Agriculture, Horticulture and Food Processing and Parliamentary Affairs. Rockybul Hussain has retained his Forest portfolio and has been given the additional charge of Panchayat and Rural Development, while Pradyut Bordoloi has retained his Power and Industries portfolios. Another new entrant in the Ministry, Pranati Phukan has been allocated Handloom and Textiles, Sericulture and Cultural Affairs portfolios.
Among the Ministers of State with independent charge, Ajit Singh has been allocated Excise, Sports and Youth Welfare, Basanta Das Fisheries, Information and Public Relations and Printing and Stationery, Rajib Lochan Pegu Water Resources, WPT and BC (outside of BTAD areas) and Siddique Ahmed has been given Cooperation and Border Areas Development.
The portfolios were announced by the Chief Minister after receiving the formal assent from the Governor, JB Patnaik, said official sources.
Tarun Gogoi : Home, Political, Finance, Personnel, GDD, GAD, SAD, AR&T, Election, Passport, Information Technology, Science & Technology, and any other department which is not allotted.
Prithibi Majhi : Revenue & DM, Relief & Rehabilitation, Tea Tribes Welfare, Labour & Employment
Tanka Bahadur Rai : Planning & Development, Judicial, Legislative, Pension & Public Grievance
Gautam Roy : Public Health Engineering
Ajanta Neog : PWD (Roads & Buildings, NH), Urban Development & Housing
Dr Ardhendu Dey : Irrigation & Soil Conservation
Akon Bora : Social Welfare & Jails
Chandan Brahma : Transport, Tourism, WPT & BC (only BTAD areas)
Dr Himanta Biswa Sarma : Health & Family Welfare, Education, Implementation of Assam Accord
Khorsing Ingty : Animal Husbandry & Veterinary, Mines & Minerals, Hill Areas
Dr Nazrul Islam : Food & Civil Supplies, Welfare of Minorities, Haj
Nilomoni Sen Deka : Agriculture, Horticulture & Food Processing, Parliamentary Affairs
Pradyut Bordoloi : Industries & Commerce, Power, Public Enterprises
Pranati Phukan : Handloom & Textiles, Sericulture, Cultural Affairs
Rockybul Hussain : Panchayat & Rural Development, Environment & Forest
Ministers of State (Independent charge)
Ajit Singh : Excise, Sports & Youth Welfare
Basanta Das : Fisheries, Information & Public Relations, Printing & Stationery
Rajib Lochan Pegu : Water Resources, WPT & BC (excluding BTAD areas)
Siddique Ahmed : Cooperation, Border Areas Development.