Punjab CM demotes Navjot Sidhu, Tripat Bajwa, OP Soni and Aruna Chaudhary

Punjab News Express | June 07, 2019 11:48 AM

CHANDIGARH:  Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh who has reshuffled his cabinet on Thursday evening, based on minister's performance in the Lok Sabha elections has demoted four senior ministers Navjot Sidhu, Tripat Rajinder Singh Bajwa, OP Soni and Aruna Chaudhary.

While Sidhu is divested of local government portolio, Tripat Rajinder Singh Bajwa is removed from Housing and Urban Development. OP Soni is removed from Education department and Aruna Chaudhary has lost Transport department.

Brahm Mohindra who was Health Minister was given Local bodies department and Balbir Singh Sidhu has got health in a big jump from animal husbndary.

Navjot Singh Sidhu, who now gets Power and New & Renewable Energy Sources has expressed shock over change in his portfolio and said that his performance in Lok Sabha poll was better than any other minister. His other previous portfolios of Tourism and Cultural Affairs goes to Charanjit Singh Channi, who retains Technical Education, Industrial Training & Employment Generation, with his Science and Technology portfolio taken over by the Chief Minister.

Balbir Sidhu’s portfolio of Animal Husbandry, Fisheries and Dairy has been entrusted, under the new scheme of things, to Tript Rajinder Singh Bajwa, along with Higher Education. Bajwa also retains Rural Development and Panchayats. Bajwa has been given Higher Education and Animal Husbandry because the government intends to give greater priority to these sectors.

However, Bajwa has been divested of Housing and Urban Development, which the Chief Minister has handed over to Sukhbinder Singh Sarkaria, in place of Revenue, which goes to Gurpreet Singh Kangar, who is also handling Rehabilitation & Disaster Management.

Manpreet Singh Badal continues to take care of Finance, Planning and Programme Implementation but the Chief Minister has decided to take Governance Reforms into his own fold. School Education has been shifted from Om Prakash Soni to Vijay Inder Singla, who retains Public Works but hands over Information Technology to Captain Amarinder. Soni will now take care of Medical Education & Research, Freedom Fighters and Food Processing departments.

In addition to Sports & Youth Affairs, Rana Gurmeet Sodhi will now also be in charge of NRI Affairs, which was under the Chief Minister’s purview earlier. Transport has been moved from Aruna Chowdhary’s basket and handed over to Razia Sultana, who retains Water Supply but has been divested of Higher Education. Aruna Chowdhary takes over the Social Security, Women & Child Development departments.

The four ministers in whose portfolios no changes have been made are Sadhu Singh Dharamsot (Forests, Printing & Stationery, SC/BC Welfare), Sukhjinder Singh Randhawa (Cooperation, Jails), Sunder Sham Arora (Industries & Commerce), and Bharat Bhushan Ashu (Food & Civil Supplies, Consumer Affairs).

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