After taking oath as Bihar Chief Minister for the fourth straight term on Monday, Nitish Kumar distributed the portfolios to the new council of ministers on Tuesday.
CM Nitish Kumar will hold the portfolios of the Home department, general administration, vigilance, election, and other departments not distributed to any minister.
Deputy CM Tarkishore Yadav will handle Finance, Commercial Taxes, Environment & Forest, Information Technology, Disaster Management, and Urban development. Earlier, the portfolios were handled by the former deputy CM Sushil Kumar Modi.
First Woman Deputy CM Deputy of the state Renu Devi will be in charge of Panchayati Raj, Backward Caste Uplift, Extremely Backward Class Welfare, and Industry.
The JDU’s Vijay Kumar Chaudhary got Rural Engineering, Rural Development, Water Resources, Information and Public Relations Department, and Parliamentary affairs. Bijendra Prasad Yadav of the BJP got Energy, Prohibition, Planning, Food, and Consumer Affairs.
The BJP’s Amrendra Pratap Singh has been allotted the Agriculture, Cooperatives, and Sugar Cane; the party’s Rampreet Paswan will be in charge of Public Health Engineering.
Fourteen other leaders of the NDA – 7 from the BJP, 4 from the JDU, and 1 each from the HAM and the VIP – took oath as ministers in the new Bihar cabinet.
BJP leader Mangal Pandey (BJP), Bijendra Prasad Yadav (JDU), Ashok Kumar Choudhary (JDU), Mewa Lal Choudhary (JDU), Sheela Mandal (JDU), Santosh Manjhi (HAM), Mukesh Sahani (VIP), Amarendra Pratap Singh (BJP), Ramprit Paswan (BJP), Jivesh Mishra(BJP), Ram Surat Rai (BJP) also took oaths.
According to sources, the Bihar cabinet will comprise 36 ministers. BJP may have 60 percent of the ministerial berths in the Bihar government, which is about 20-21 posts. JD(U) might end up with 11-12 ministers