BHOPAL: Madhya Pradesh chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan on Wednesday allocated portfolios to the five ministers inducted in the state cabinet on Tuesday.
Chouhan's confidant and senior BJP leader Narottam Mishra was allotted Home, Health and Family Welfare departments, an important assignment in view of the COVID-19 situation in the state.
Announcing the allocation of departments via a video release, the Chouhan said Tulsi Silawat will be in-charge of Water Resources Department and Govind Singh Rajput will head Cooperatives, Food, Civil Supplies and Consumer Welfare departments. Silawat and Rajput, staunch supporters of Jyotiraditya Scindia, had resigned as MLAs of Congress and join the BJP last month.
Another BJP leader Kamal Patel has been entrusted with the Agriculture and Farmer Welfare portfolio while Meena Singh will look after the Tribal Welfare department.
Chouhan had assigned two divisions each to the five ministers, after they took oath on Tuesday, to deal with the COVID-19 situation. He, however, suggested that the arrangements could be temporary.
"The current allocation of departments was made as per the requirement arising due to COVID-19 situation and the need to bring the situation under control," the CM said.
He said the state cabinet will be expanded once the lockdown is lifted, and that departments will be reallocated after discussions.
On Tuesday, Chouhan effected the first expansion of his single-member Cabinet since he took oath on March 23, after the Kamal Nath-led government collapsed due to rebellion by Jyotiraditya Scindia and resignation of 22 MLAs of the Congress.
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