CM rejigs Cabinet
Kolkata: Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Wednesday made a major reshuffle in her Cabinet.
The Chief Minister will look after the Tribal Development department herself, whose minister James Kujur had resigned from his post on Tuesday to devote more time to the party.
Subrata Mukherjee, who is the senior most minister in Banerjee's Cabinet, has become the new minister for Water Resources Investigation and Development department and also continue as the state Panchayat and Rural Development minister. But, the Public Health Engineering department of which he was the minister has now been given to state Labour and Law minister Moloy Ghatak.
An additional charge of the crucial Environment department has been given to state Transport minister Suvendu Adhikari. Mayor Sovan Chatterjee was earlier the state's Environment minister. Chatterjee will be continuing as the state Fire and Emergency Services minister and the minister for the Housing department.
Saumen Mahapatra has been given the charge of the state Irrigation and Waterways department. He was earlier the minister for the Water Resources Investigation and Development department.
Rajib Banerjee, who was the state Irrigation and Waterways minister since 2011, has ensured a massive development in the state's irrigation sector. Considering his ability to carry out development work, he has been made the minister for the Backward Classes Welfare Department.
Chandrima Bhattacharya has been given the additional charge of the Minister of State of the Tribal Development Department.
It may be mentioned that James Kujur and Churamani Mahata had resigned from their posts of Tribal Development minister and Backward Classes Welfare ministers respectively on Tuesday. Abani Mohan Joardar, who was MLA from North Krishnanagar Assembly constituency, also quit his post. He was a minister without any portfolio due to his illness.