Chief minister Narendra Modi retained industry, home and a clutch of other ministries, while allocating portfolios to 16 ministers on Saturday. The allocation of portfolios was done during the first meeting of the new Cabinet. Looking at the existing strength of the Cabinet, it is expected that the ministry would be expanded very soon.
Modi retained general administration, industry, home, climate change, ports, information & broadcasting, Narmada and Kalpasar. He will also hold charge of all policy matters and ministries not allotted to other ministers. Nitin Patel, who was urban development and water resources minister earlier, has been given charge of finance ministry. He has also been given health & family welfare, medical education, and transport ministries.
Anandi Patel, who was heading the revenue department in the previous government, has also been given urban development this time. Land reforms, rehabilitation, R & B, and urban housing are the other ministries allocated to the No. 2 in the Modi Cabinet.
Saurabh Patel, who has been elevated to Cabinet rank, has been given energy & petrochemicals, mines & minerals, cottage industry, salt industry, planning, tourism, civil aviation, and labour & employment.
In the previous government, he was minister of state for finance and industry, among other departments. No MoS for the two crucial departments has been named yet.
Ramanlal Vora, who was education minister earlier, has been given social justice & empowerment, sports, youth & cultural activities.
Bhupendrasinh Chudasma has been given education, higher & technical education, law & judiciary, food & civil supplies, consumer affairs, panchayat, rural housing & rural development. Ganpat Vasava, who was Assembly Speaker earlier, has been given charge of forest & environment, tribal development, women & child welfare, legal & parliamentary affairs.
Babu Bokhiria, making a comeback to the ministry, has been given charge of water resources (excluding Kalpasar), water supply, agriculture, co-operation, animal husbandry, fisheries and cow conservation. Koli strongman Parshottam Solanki, who is an accused in the Rs400 crore fisheries scam, has been made minister of state for labour & employment.
Rajnikant Patel, MLA from Becharaji, has been made MoS home. He will also hold charge of police housing, border security, civil defence, jail, probation & excise. Parbat Patel has been given charge as MoS of health & family welfare and transport.
The second woman in the ministry, Vasuben Trivedi, has been given charge as MoS of education and women & child welfare. Pradipsinh Jadeja has been made minister of state for law, judiciary, legal & parliamentary affairs, tourism, NRG and Protocol.
Another MoS, Liladhar Vaghela, has been allotted animal husbandry, fisheries, cow conservation and SEBC (Socially & Economically Backward Classes) development.
Govind Patel has been given charge as MoS of agriculture, food & civil supplies, consumer affairs, and forest & environment.
Nanu Vanani has been allotted water resources (excluding Kalpasar) and water supply, whereas Jayanti Kavadiya has been made MoS of panchayat, rural housing and rural development.