Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani held his first cabinet meeting in Gandhinagar late on Thursday evening and allocated portfolios to his ministers.
Rupani kept majority of his past portfolios of General Administration, Home, Planning, Ports and Mines among others. He will also handle Urban Development, Petroleum, Climate Change, Science and Technology and Information and Broadcasting.
Deputy Chief Minister Nitin Patel has been allotted Road and Building, Health, Medical Education, Narmada, Kalpsar and Capital Project.
The Finance portfolio has been given to Saurabh Patel, who will also handle Energy.
Senior cabinet minister Bhupendrasinh Chudasama will handle Education, Law and Justice and Parliamentary and Legislative Affairs departments.
New face RC Faldu has been given charge of Agriculture, Fisheries, Animal Husbandry and Transport.
Kaushik Patel will oversee Revenue ministry, while Ganpat Vasava has been given Tribal Development, Forests and Tourism. Vasava will also handle the Women and Child Development department.
Jayesh Radadiya has been allotted Food, Civil Supply and Consumer Affairs as well as Cottage Industries, and Dilip Thakor will oversee Labour and Employment and Disaster Management and Pilgrimage development.
Young cabinet minster Ishwar Parmar, a Dalit, has been given Social Justice and Empowerment as well as OBC Welfare department.
Minister of State (MoS) Pradipsinh Jadeja has retained the Home portfolio.
MoS Parbat Patel has been allotted Irrigation and Water Supply with independent charge, while MoS Parshottam Solanki has retained Fisheries.
MoS Bachu Khabad has been given Rural Development and Animal Husbandry and MoS Jaydrathsinh Parmar was alloted Agriculture. Parmar was also given independent charge of Panchayats and Environment portfolios.
MoS Ishwar Patel has been given Sports and Culture departments, while Vasan Ahir has been made MoS for OBC Welfare department.
Lone woman minister Vibhavariben Patel has been made MoS for Women and Child Development, Primary and Secondary Education as well as for Pilgrimage development.
Tribal leader Raman Patkar has been given charge of Forest and Tribal Welfare department as MoS. Patidar leader from Surat Kishor Kanani will be the MoS for Health and Medical Education.
The BJP government was sworn-in for the sixth time in Gujarat on December 26 and chief minister Vijay Rupani retained the CM’s seat for the second term.
(With inputs from agencies)