CHANDIGARH: The portfolios of the newly sworn in Manohar Lal Khattar-led BJP Government in Haryana were announced on Tuesday, with the Chief Minister opting to keep the crucial Home portfolio in addition to Urban Development and various other departments. And the CM has allocated the key Finance and Revenue portfolio to Capt Abhimanyu, who was earlier billed as one of the front-runners for the top job.
Khattar will also handle Power, Mines & Geology, General Administration, Science & Technology, Urban Local Bodies, Administration of Justice, Archives, Architecture, Electronics & Information Technology, Housing, Jails, Information, Public Relations & Cultural Affairs, Personnel & Training, Raj Bhavan Affairs, Renewable Energy and any department not specifically allotted to any minister.
Similarly, Abhimanyu will hold charge of Disaster Management, Excise & Taxation, Planning, Forests, Environment, Industries & Commerce, Labour & Employment, Law & Legislative, Institutional Finance & Credit Control, Consolidation, Rehabilitation and Industrial Training portfolios.
Ram Bilas Sharma is the new Education & Languages, Transport, Technical Education, Food & Supplies, Tourism, Civil Aviation, Parliamentary Affairs, Archaeology & Museums and Hospitality Minister. Farmer leader O P Dhankhar is the new Agriculture Minister.
Besides, he has been given Development & Panchayats, Irrigation, Animal Husbandry & Dairying and Fisheries portfolios. Anil Vij has been given charge of Health & Medical Education, Election and Sports & Youth Affairs while Rao Narveer Singh is the new Public Works (B&R) and Public Health Engineering Minister.