Chief minister Sheila Dikshit reshuffled state cabinet portfolios on Sunday, divesting Rajkumar Chauhan of the urban development department, which has been under the scanner for alleged irregularities in distribution of provisional regularisation certificates to unauthorised colonies.
Revenue and health & family welfare minister AK Walia has been given charge of the urban development department. The department of employment, which was with Walia, has been given to Chauhan, who is also in charge of PWD and SC & ST department, sources said.
This is the second reshuffle of the cabinet after February this year. Walia was responsible for urban development till February, but the portfolio was taken away from him as a measure to cut him down to size, sources said.
Social welfare minister Mangat Ram Singhal was also axed and Ramakant Goswami, a three-time MLA, was inducted into the council of ministers in February.
Now, Dikshit has given the additional charge of parliamentary affairs and law departments to Goswami, who is the minister of industries, labour and election.
This reshuffle comes amidst attacks on Dikshit’s government on alleged irregularities in the distribution of provisional regularisation certificates to unauthorised colonies.
The scheme was handled by the urban development department headed by Chauhan. The government had granted provisional certificates to 1,239 illegal colonies just before the Assembly polls in 2008.
It had assured that it was a temporary arrangement and the colonies would be later declared legal.