Cabinet window dressing: 3 new faces, 2 get elevated

Cabinet window dressing: 3 new faces, 2 get elevated

New  elevatedmembers of the council of ministers taking oath on Tuesday

New elevatedmembers of the council of ministers taking oath on Tuesday

Three ministers and two junior ministers were sworn in on Tuesday evening as Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has gone on her first cabinet-overhaul exercise inducting three new faces and elevating two junior ministers to full ministers.
President Abdul Hamid administered the oath in presence of the Prime Minister at the Darbar Hall of Bangabhaban at 6:28 pm. Cabinet Secretary M Musharraf Hossain Bhuiyan conducted the oath-taking ceremony.
State Minister for Home Affairs Asaduzzaman Khan and State Minister for Science and Technology Yeafesh Osman took oath as their positions have been elevated as full ministers.Chittagong AL leader and former MP Nurul Islam BSc was also sworn in as a minister.
The two state ministers are Nuruzzaman Ahmed, MP of Lalmonirhat-2 constituency, and Tarana Halim, MP of reserved seat-16.
Nurul Islam BSc got the charge of the Expatriates’ Welfare and Overseas Employment Ministry, while two new state ministers — Tarana Halim and Nuruzzaman Ahmed — got the charge of the Posts and Telecommunications Division and the Food Ministry respectively.
Besides, Asaduzzaman Khan and Yeafesh Osman were given the full charge of their respective ministries after elevating them to full ministers.
The Cabinet Division on Tuesday evening issued a gazette notification distributing the portfolios among the new ministers.
With the inclusion of three new faces, Sheikh Hasina’s cabinet now turned into 52-member one comprising 32 ministers, 18 state ministers and two deputy ministers.
President’s wife Rashida Khanom, Finance Minister AMA Muhith, Industries Minister Amir Hossain Amu, Commerce Minister Tofail Ahmed and Agriculture Minister Matia Chowdhury were, among others, present at the swearing-in ceremony.
Awami League sources said Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina restructured her 19-month-old administrative line-up to bring dynamism into it.
On January 12, 2014, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina with 29 ministers, 17 state ministers and two deputy ministers were sworn in as the Awami League-led grand alliance won the 10th parliamentary polls held on January 5 with an absolute majority.
Nearly one and a half months later, Hasina expanded her cabinet by inducting a minister and a state minister into it on February 26.
AH Mahmood Ali, an MP from Dinajpur-4 constituency, who discharged his duties as Foreign Minister in the Sheikh Hasina’s interim government that oversaw the parliamentary polls, got back his old portfolio – Foreign Minister – while Narsingdi-1 MP Col (retd) Nazrul Islam was given the portfolio of State Minister for Water Resources.
Some ministers, meanwhile, have run into trouble with controversies after Awami League president Sheikh Hasina was sworn is as the Prime Minister for the second consecutive term.
Earlier on July 9, Hasina relieved AL general secretary Syed Ashraful Islam of the LGRD Ministry making him a minister without portfolio.
It was the second change in Hasina’s third-term cabinet as Posts and Telecommunications Minister Abdul Latif Siddique was dropped from the Cabinet on October 12 last year for his anti-Islamic remarks in the USA.
Expatriates’ Welfare and Overseas Employment Minister Khandaker Mosharraf Hossain replaced Syed Ahsraf. Khandaker Mosharraf looked after the Expatriates’ Welfare and Overseas Employment Ministry as his additional charge till Tuesday.
According to the sources, the cabinet might witness another round of reshuffle after Eid-ul-Fitr.- UNB


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