Rajasthan CM Vasundhara Raje brings Brahmin, Gurjar faces to cabinet
Rajasthan chief minister Vasundhara Raje on Tuesday elevated two ministers of state to cabinet rank, aimed at giving representation to the influential Gurjar and Brahmin communities in the highest echelons of the government.
She also allotted portfolios to 15 ministers who were sworn in on Monday during the first expansion of her ministry, the official spokesperson said.
Besides, the portfolios of some of the other ministers were juggled, the spokesperson added.
Ministers of state Arun Chaturvedi and Hem Singh Bhadana were administered oath as cabinet ministers by governor Kalyan Singh at the latter's official residence in Jaipur.
According to sources, Chaturvedi and Bhadana were elevated as there was no representation of Brahmin and Gurjar community in the cabinet.
Chaturvedi, a Brahmin, is associated with the Rashtriya Swayamsewak Sangh (RSS) while Bhadana has been awarded for being the Gurjar face in the government.
With allocation of portfolios to new and existing ministers, Raje - who had been holding 47 portfolios - now has 16 departments.
Raje has kept department of personnel, anti-corruption bureau, finance, planning, energy, excise, IT, and administrative reforms departments with her.
Under fire for increasing crime rate in the state, Raje allotted the home department, which she was looking after, to cabinet minister Gulab Chand Kataria.
Kataria, the RSS face in the government, was earlier looking after panchayati raj and rural development which has now been allotted to newly-inducted cabinet minister Surendra Goyal.
Among the existing ministers, the portfolios of Gajendra Singh Kheenvsar and Kali Charan Saraf were changed.
Kheenvsar, who was earlier looking after energy department, has been allotted industries, NRI, youth and sports.
Education minister Saraf, who had come under fire for his controversial statements about the teaching community, was shorn off school education and has been left with higher education, technical education, and Sanskrit education.
More important portfolios of primary and secondary education has been allotted to minister of state (independent charge) Vasudev Devnani.