NEW DELHI: Gujarat Chief Minister Bhupendra Patel kept the portfolio of the Home Ministry along with several other departments while Kanu Desai has been made the Finance Minister in the newly formed cabinet of Thursday.
A total of 24 ministers took oath on Thursday as part of the Gujarat Cabinet’s swearing-in ceremony. Gujarat Governor Acharya Devvrat administered the oath to the newly inducted ministers at Raj Bhawan in Gandhinagar.
Rajendra Trivedi, the former Speaker of State Assembly, was also inducted as minister in the Cabinet. Harsh Sanghvi, Jagdish Panchal, Brijesh Merja, Jitu Choudhary, Manisha Vakil, Kanubhai Desai, Kiritsinh Rana, Naresh Patel, Pradip Parmar, Arjunsinh Chauhan, Jitu Vaghani, Rushikesh Patel, Purnesh Modi, Raghavji Patel, Mukesh Patel, Nimisha Suthar, Arvind Raiyani, Kuber Dindor, Kirtisinh Vaghela, Ganjedra Parmar, Raghvbhai Makwana, Vinod Moradia, Devabhai Malam have been sworn-in as the ministers in Gujarat’s cabinet.
Besides Home, Bhupendra Patel held the portfolios of Administrative Reforms and Planning, Housing and Police Housing, Information and Broadcasting, Capital Planning, Urban Development and Urban Housing, Industry, Mines and Minerals, Narmada, Ports and other departments that are not allotted to any Cabinet Minister. Kanubhai Desai has been given the responsibility of the Minister of Finance, Energy and Petrochemicals. Rajendra Trivedi has been allotted the Department of Revenue, Disaster Management, Law and Justice, and Statutory and Parliamentary Affairs.
Jitu Waghani will take over as the Education Minister while Rushikesh Patel has been assigned the portfolio of Health and Family Welfare, Medical Education and Water Resources and Water Supply. Purnesh Modi has been made the Minister for Roads and Transport while Raghavji Patel will take charge as the Minister of Agriculture.
Kirit Singh Rana was appointed as Forest and Environment Minister while Naresh Patel has been assigned the portfolio of Tribal Development, Food and Civil Supplies and Consumer Protection. Pradipsinh Parmar will take charge of the Department of Social Justice and Empowerment. Arjun Singh Chauhan will take over as Rural Development Minister, Harsh Sanghvi as Sports Ministry (Independent Charge) and Manishaben Vakil as Women and Child Welfare minister.
Jagdish Vishwakarma, Brijesh Merja, Jitu Chaudhary and Manishaben Vakil have also made ministers with Independent Charge. Mukesh Patel, Nimishaben Suthar, Arvind Raiani, Kuber Dindor, Kirtisinh Vaghela, Gajendrasinh Parmar, RC Makwana, Vinod Mordiya and Deva Malam have made Minister of State.
Gujarat Cabinet Reshuffle: Check full list of ministers and their portfolios
Bhupendra Patel – Chief Minister, Home, Urban Development, General Administration, Information and Broadcast, Industries, Mines and Minerals, Capital Projects, Narmada and ports among others
Rajendra Trivedi – Legislative and Parliamentary Affairs, Revenue, Law and Justice
Jitendra Vaghani- Education
Rishikesh Patel – Health and family welfare, medical education, water resources and water supply
Purneshkumar Ishwarlal Modi – Roads and building, transport, civil aviation, tourism and pilgrimage development
Raghavji Patel – Agriculture and animal husbandry
Arjunsinh Chauhan – Rural development and rural housing
Kanubhai Mohanlal Desai – Finance, Energy and Petrochemicals
Kiritsinh Rana – Environment, climate change, and printing and stationery departments
Naresh Patel – Tribal Development and food and civil supply
Pradip Parmar – Social justice and empowerment
Gujarat: Ministers of State
Harsh Sanghavi – MoS Home, disaster management and police housing, independent charge as MoS of sports, youth and cultural activities, NRI, excise and prohibition, border security and prisons
Jagdish Ishwarbhai – Cottage industries, cooperation, salt industry and protocol. he will also handle industries, forest and environment, climate change and printing and stationery
Brijesh Merja – Independent charge- Labour and Employment, Panchayats, rural development and rural housing
Jitu Chaudhary – Fisheries (independent charge), Narmada, water resources and water supply
Manisha Vakil – Independent charge- women and child development, social justice and empowerment
Mukesh Patel – Agriculture and energy and petrochemicals
Nimishaben Suthar – Tribal development, health and family welfare and medical education
Arvindbhai Gordhanbhai Raiyani – Transport, Civil aviation, tourism and pilgrimage development
Kuber Dindor – Higher and technical education, legislative and parliamentary affairs
Kirti Singh Vaghela – Primary, secondary and adult education
Gajenddra Singh Parmar – Food and civil supply
Raghavbhai Makwana – Social justice and empowerment
Vinod Moradiya – Urban development and urban housing
Devabhai Malav – Animal husbandry
Nimaben Bhaveshbhai Acharya has been made Gujarat Assembly Speaker after Rajendra Trivedi resigned from the post and was inducted into the new cabinet.