Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh reshuffled the portfolios of most of the state ministers post the first State Cabinet meeting after the Lok Sabha elections on Thursday.
The Chief Minister allocated Local Government to Brahm Mohindra, who was earlier handling Health & Family Welfare. Balbir Singh Sidhu has been allotted this portfolio.
Navjot Singh Sidhu, who was earlier handling the Local Government, has been given Power and New & Renewable Energy Sources.
Sidhu’s other previous portfolios of Tourism and Cultural Affairs have been given to Charanjit Singh Channi, who retains Technical Education, Industrial Training & Employment Generation. His Science and Technology portfolio has been taken over by Captain Singh.
The portfolio of Animal Husbandry, Fisheries and Dairy has been given to Tript Rajinder Singh Bajwa, along with Higher Education. Bajwa also retains Rural Development and Panchayats. The portfolio of Animal Husbandry, Fisheries and Dairy was earlier handled by Balbir Singh Sidhu.
The department of Housing and Urban Development has been allocated to Sukhbinder Singh Sarkaria, which was earlier held by Bajwa. Sarkaria was handling the Revenue sector, which has been given to Gurpreet Singh Kangar, who is also handling Rehabilitation & Disaster Management.
Manpreet Singh Badal will continue to take care of Finance, Planning and Programme Implementation but the Chief Minister has decided to take Governance Reforms into his own fold. School Education department has been shifted from Om Prakash Soni to Vijay Inder Singla, who will continue to retain Public Works.
Information Technology department has been allocated to Captain Amarinder. Soni will now take care of Medical Education & Research, Freedom Fighters and Food Processing departments.
Rana Gurmeet Sodhi has been given the additional charge of NRI Affairs, which was under the Chief Minister’s purview earlier. He will continue to hold the department of Sports & Youth Affairs.
Aruna Chowdhary has been allocated the Social Security, Women & Child Development department. The Transport department, which was earlier handled by Chowdhary has been handed over to Razia Sultana, who will retain Water Supply department as well. However, the Higher Education department has been divested from her.
The four ministers in whose portfolios no changes have been made are Sadhu Singh Dharamsot (Forests, Printing & Stationery, SC/BC Welfare), Sukhjinder Singh Randhawa (Cooperation, Jails), Sunder Sham Arora (Industries & Commerce), and Bharat Bhushan Ashu (Food & Civil Supplies, Consumer Affairs).