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Arunachal ministers get additional portfolios
Correspondent
 ITANAGAR, Oct 14 - Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Pema Khandu today allocated additional portfolios to his deputy, Chowna Mein, and seven other Cabinet ministers, in a bid to accelerate development through decentralised governance.

 “Under Rule 5 of the Arunachal Pradesh Rules of Executive Business, 1987, the Governor of Arunachal Pradesh, acting on the advice of Chief Minister, is pleased to allocate a few more departments to the Deputy Chief Minister and Cabinet Ministers as additional charge in addition to their existing portfolios,” read a notification issued by the Department of Cabinet Affairs here this evening.

As per the notification, Deputy Chief Minister Chowna Mein, who presently holds the Finance and Investment, Power and Non-Conventional Energy Resources portfolios, has been entrusted with the additional charges of Tax and Excise, State Lotteries, and Economics and Statistics departments.

PHED and DoTCL (Department of Tirap, Changlang and Longding Affairs) Minister Wangki Lowang has been given the additional charge of the Information Technology Department, while RWD Minister Honchun Ngandam has been provided with the Science and Technology portfolio, and UD Minister Kamlung Mossang has been given Geology and Mining.

Home and Inter-State Border Affairs Minister Bamang Felix has been allocated the additional charge of IPR and Printing departments, while Industries, Textile and Handicrafts, and Trade and Commerce Minister Tumke Bagra has been given the Labour and Employment and Cooperation portfolios.

Youth Affairs and Sports and Water Resources Minister Mama Natung has got the additional charge of Environment and Forests. Tourism, Transport and Civil Aviation Minister Nakap Nalo has been entrusted with the Land Management Department.

All these departments were previously held by the Chief Minister. Meanwhile, the BJP Government in Arunachal Pradesh has also appointed 22 MLAs, including three women lawmakers, as Advisers to Ministers.

An official release said that the newly-appointed advisers, who were handed over the appointment orders by the Chief Minister at a small function here this afternoon, will assist the ministers and the Government in expediting and monitoring the ongoing projects.

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