Two days after 10 ministers were inducted into the state cabinet, the Punjab government today allocated portfolios to state ministers. Prime Minister Bhagwant Mann has retained the home portfolio. Harpal Singh Cheema was appointed State Minister of Finance and Gurmeet Singh Meet Hayer was appointed Minister of Education.
Dr. Vijay Singla, a dental surgeon, was assigned to the health portfolio, and Dr. Baljit Kaur, an eye surgeon by profession and the lone woman in the cabinet, was given the department of social security and development of women and children.
Harjot Singh Bains becomes the new Minister of Law and Tourism, and Harbhajan Singh ETO has been assigned to the power department.
Lal Chand Kataruchak was assigned to the Food and Supply Portfolio, while the Rural Development and Panchayat Raj Department went to Kuldeep Singh Dhaliwal.
Laljit Singh Bhullar becomes Minister of Transport and Bram Shanker Jimpa has been assigned water and disaster management.
There are 18 berths in the cabinet, including the prime minister.
On March 16, Mr Mann was sworn in as Prime Minister at a mega event in Punjab’s Khatkar Kalan, Bhagat Singh’s ancestral village. The next day, all newly elected MLAs took the oath as members of the assembly. The legislators were administered office and secrecy by Protem spokesman Inderbir Singh Nijjar.
“Sworn in as MLA in Punjab Vidhan Sabha. The government of the Aam Aadmi party will bring a new change in Punjab, which the people have elected us to. Our government will be known as the most honest government in Punjab,” Mr Mann had tweeted.
Seven of the 11 newly sworn in Punjab ministers have filed criminal charges against themselves, four of them facing serious charges. It said the Association for Democratic Reforms on Monday.
ADR said seven ministers (64 percent) have filed criminal charges against themselves. Four of them (36 per cent) have reported serious criminal cases against themselves.
The AAP recorded a landslide victory in recently concluded Punjab assembly polls, winning 92 seats, pushing most of its rivals to the margins. The Congress received 18 seats in the Assembly with 117 members.
In what was previously seen as a tough battle with multiple corners, Congress was moved out to second place in Punjab, losing over half of its vote share, and Akalis also by single digits. All political heavyweights fighting the AAP lost.