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Nitesh Kumar Sahoo

Patna: Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Tuesday inducted new cabinet a day after taking oath for a new term along with his ministerial colleagues and allocated portfolios among them.

CM Nitish Kumar kept home, general administration, vigilance and three more departments with himself.

Deputy Chief Minister Tarkishore Prasad got finance, commercial tax, environment, forest and disaster management, urban development and information technology departments.

Another Deputy CM Renu Devi got panchayati raj, backward classes development, ECB and industry portfolios.

Ashok Chaudhary got the charge of building construction, social welfare, minority affairs.

Mewa Lal Chaudhary got the education portfolio. Interestingly, Chaudhary had lost the Cabinet birth last time after his name cropped up in an alleged scam in the recruitment of lecturers in an agriculture university.

Vijay Kumar Chaudhary got the charge of rural development, rural engineering, water resources, information and broadcasting and parliamentary affairs.

Sheela Kumari got transport, and Santosh Kumar Sharan SC/ST affairs and minor irrigation.

Mukesh Sahani is the new Minister for animal husbandry and fisheries.

Mangal Pandey has retained the health portfolio, apart from road construction, art and culture.

Amrendra Pratap Singh has got the agriculture, cooperatives and sugarcane portfolios.

Ram Preet Paswan has got the charge of public health engineering and Ram Surat Kumar the revenue and law portfolios.

Jivesh Kumar will shoulder the responsibility of tourism, mines and labour departments.

A 14-member council of ministers, headed by Bihar CM, was sworn in at an oath ceremony in Patna by Governor Phagu Chauhan on Monday.

(Nitesh Kumar Sahoo With IANS Inputs)

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