Bahuguna keeps Home, Power, Hridayesh new FM
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. Bahguna, who met Congress chief Sonia Gandhi in Delhi yesterday, has come under pressure from several quarters in the faction-ridden Congress which demanded plum departments making the portfolio-allocation a tricky exercise.