Three days after the state cabinet expansion, Haryana chief minister Manohar Lal Khattar on Sunday allocated portfolios to the three newly-sworn in ministers. In the process, Khattar also shuffled the portfolios of education minister Ram Bilas Sharma, finance minister Capt Abhimanyu and public works minister Rao Narbir Singh, besides giving up three departments himself.
A relatively new entrant to the BJP and former INLD MLA Krishan Lal Panwar, who was sworn in as a cabinet rank minister on Thursday, was allocated the transport and housing portfolios while minister of state (independent charge) Ghanshyam Saraf was given public health engineering. Saraf, however, was attached with Capt Abhimanyu for the excise and taxation portfolio.
A staunch Khattar loyalist, minister of state Nayab Saini was expectedly given portfolios handled by the chief minister -- mines and geology and renewable energy. This would mean that Saini would only report to Khattar and not to any minister.
The biggest loser in the reallocation of portfolios is Ram Bilas Sharma who was divested of the charge of important transport and food and supplies portfolios.
Khattar himself gave up urban local bodies, housing and archives portfolios which were allocated to social justice and empowerment minister Kavita Jain, newly inducted minister Panwar and health minister Anil Vij respectively.
Finance minister Capt Abhimanyu, who held the charge of 13 departments prior to the reallocation, lost only forests and an insignificant industrial training. Public works minister Rao Narbir Singh also lost the public health portfolio but was compensated with forests.
The gainers in the reallocation of portfolios are ministers of state Karan Dev Kamboj and Krishan Kumar Bedi who were given independent charge of food and supplies and welfare of scheduled castes and backward classes portfolios respectively. Social justice and empowerment minister Kavita Jain was too was a gainer as she was given the portfolio of urban local bodies at the expense of welfare of scheduled castes and backward classes portfolio.
The newly-appointed four chief parliamentary secretaries were also attached with ministers on Sunday. Shyam Singh Rana was attached with chief minister for jails department and finance minister for revenue while Bakshish Singh Virk was attached with agriculture minister for development and panchayat department. Seema Trikha was attached with education minister for tourism and hospitality while Kamal Gupta was attached with Health minister for Health department.
Gains and loses
¢ Ram Bilas Sharma: Loses transport, food and supplies.
¢ Rao Narbir: Loses public health, gains forest
¢ Kavita Jain: Gains urban local bodies, loses welfare of SCs and BCs.
¢ Capt Abhimanyu: Loses forests and industrial training, gets esi
¢ Anil Vij: Loses ESI, gains archives
¢ Krishan Bedi: Gains independent charge of welfare of SCs and BCs
¢ Karan Dev Kamboj: Gains independent charge of food and supplies