Dikshit looks forward to her new role as Finance minister
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Last Updated: Thursday, February 17, 2011, 21:14
  
New Delhi: "My domestic finance is always in mess. I am new to finance department… I am looking at it." This is how Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit responded to a question on how she would handle the Finance department which she wrested from senior minister A K Walia in the cabinet reshuffle yesterday.

Dikshit will present this year's budget on March 22 for the first time in her 12-year-term. Walia, who has been divested of the Finance portfolio in the reshuffle, had presented the budget for seven consecutive years since he was made finance minister in 2004.

Queried about her priorities as Finance minister, Dikshit said she will try to reflect them in the budget. "I will not say anything now. Wait for the budget." However, she indicated that allocation for social sector would see a significant increase.

Walia, seen as the biggest looser in the reshuffle, did not turn up at the office today and his personal staff said he could not come due to some other engagements.

A day after the reshuffle, in which Dikshit clipped wings of her detractors, the mood in the secretariat was somehow uneasy with most of the ministers turning up very late and refusing to talk to the media.

Asked about the "uneasy mood" in the secretariat, Dikshit only said, "We are smelling the change..it will gradually sink in."

Newly inducted minister Ramakant Goswami said he will take charge of his departments tomorrow only. A close aide of Goswami said he was advised to take charge tomorrow.

Meanwhile, a notification was issued today formally allocating portfolios to the the ministers.

As per the notification, Walia has been allocated departments of Health and Family Welfare, Employment, Revenue and Irrigation and Flood Control.

Arvinder Singh Lovely will continue to hold charge of Education, Transport and Gurudwara Election and Administration departments. Haroon Yusuf has been entrusted portfolios of Power,

Food and Civil Supplies and Development. Raj Kumar Chauhan has been allocated the Departments of PWD, Urban Development, Land and Building and SC/ST.

Kiran Walia will look after the departments of Social Welfare, Women and Child Development and Languages while Goswami will be the Minister of Industries, Labour and Elections.

PTI


First Published: Thursday, February 17, 2011, 21:14


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