Kathmandu: Nepalese Prime Minister Baburam Bhattarai on Tuesday expanded his Cabinet with the induction of
seven new ministers, including six from his own UCPN-Maoist
party, and 19 state ministers, bringing the total strength to
The newly-appointed ministers took the oath of office at
the Rashtrapati Bhawan in the presence of President Rambaran
Bhattarai expanded the Cabinet prior to his departure for
Maldives to take part in the SAARC Summit. He inducted in his
Cabinet six new ministers from UCPN-Maoist party, one from
Sadbhawana Party-Anandidevi and 19 state ministers.
Now the total strength of the Cabinet has climbed to 46,
including 19 state ministers.
According to the Prime Minister`s office, Maoist leader
Dina Nath Sharma has been given the charge of the Ministry of
Education, Lokendra Bista Magar got Ministry of Tourism and
Civil Aviation and Bhim Prasad Sharma would lead the Ministry
for Land Reforms and Management (MoLRM).
Another Maoist leader Satya Pahari will head the Ministry
of Peace and Reconstruction while Ram Kumar Yadav and Kalpana
Dhamala will lead the Ministry of General Administration and
the Ministry of Science and Technology respectively.
Sarita Giri from the Sadvawana Party-Anandidevi has been
given the charge of the Labour Ministry.