Senior SAD leader Gulzar Singh Ranike,who had resigned from the cabinet following charges of alleged misappropriation of funds six six months ago,was sworn in as animal husbandry,fisheries,dairy development and SC/BC welfare minister at Punjab Raj Bhawan on Thursday.
Ranike had resigned in September 2012 following allegations of embezzlement of grants from his discretionary funds as minister. At that time too,he held the same portfolios. With Ranikes inclusion,the strength of the Cabinet has now increased to 16.
Punjab Governor Shivraj V Patil administered oath of office and secrecy to Ranike in the presence of Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal.
After taking oath,Ranike an MLA from Attari in Amritsar district expressed his gratitude to Badal and said he had been given a clean chit by the Vigilance Bureau and there were no charges against him. Ranike had resigned on moral grounds after allegations were levelled against him. Since he has been given a clean chit,he was re-inducted, said Badal.
Two more berths are still vacant in the cabinet. Two ministers Tota Singh and Bibi Jagir Kaur had to resign last year following cases against them. The berths will be filled up in due course of time, said the CM.
While Ranike has received a clean chit in the case,his personal assistant Sarabdyal Singh is currently in judicial custody following allegations of embezzlement.
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