After days of dithering in the wake of pressure from several quarters for plum departments,Uttarakhand Chief Minister Vijay Bahuguna on Sunday allocated porfolios to his ministers keeping 20 departments,including Home,Power and Industries,with himself.
Bahuguna,who took oath on March 13 and expanded his ministry seven days later,will also be in charge of other important departments like Information,Excise,Forest and Environment,Eradication of Corruption,Housing and Education.
Indira Hridayesh,the only minister who was given the portfolios of Parliamentary Affairs and Law last week,will be the new Finance Minister. He will also hold the additional charge of Census,an official announcement said.
Uttarakhand Congress chief Yashpal Arya has been given Irrigation,Revenue,Rehabilitation,Watershed Management,Disaster Management and Cooperative.
Surendra Singh Negi,a loyalist of Union minister Harish Rawat who raised the banner of revolt in the state Congress against the choice of Bahuguna for the top job,will look after Health,Family Welfare,Ayush,Science and Technology,Biotechnology,Sugar and Sugarcane Development.
Pritam Singh,another Rawat loyalist,has been entrusted with the responsibility of Food and Civil Supply and Small Irrigation,Rural Development and Panchayati Raj.
Bahuguna,who met Congress chief Sonia Gandhi in Delhi on Saturday,has come under pressure from several quarters in the faction-ridden Congress which demanded plum departments making the portfolio-allocation a tricky exercise.
Amrita Rawat,wife of senior Congress leader Satpal Maharaj,will look after Child Welfare,Renewable Energy Resources,Tourism and Horticulture and Culture.
Dinesh Agarwal,an MLA from Dharampur,has been allocated portfolios of Planning,IT and Sports and Youth Welfare.
Independent MLA Mantri Prasad Naithani has been given the charge of Agriculture,School Education and Drinking Water.
Harish Durgapal,another Independent,has been entrusted with the responsibility of Labour,Employment and Small and Village Industries.
Surendra Rakesh,a BSP legislator,has been allocated Social Welfare and Transport departments.
Pritam Singh Panwar,the lone MLA of the Uttarakhand Kranti Dal,will head departments of Urban Development,Animal Husbandry and Fisheries.
No salary until elected as MLA
Uttarakhand Chief Minister Vijay Bahuguna on Sunday said he would not draw his salary and other allowances till he was elected to the Legislative Assembly. I will not draw my salary and allowances till I am elected as an MLA, he told reporters here after allocating portfolios to his ministers.
Bahuguna,sworn-in as Chief Minister on March 13,did not elaborate from where he would contest the election. He said his official residence would remain open for two hours from 930 am for addressing grievances of the public.