Mamata effects minor change in cabinet

Kolkata: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee today made a minor change in her cabinet, giving Public Health Engineering Minister Subrata Mukherjee additional responsibility of Panchayat and Rural development department, held by Chandranath Sinha.

Sinha has been allotted Statistics and Programme Implementation Department, the chief minister told reporters at the Writers' Buildings.

She said that the Centre had asked the state government to keep statistics as a separate department.

"The previous Left Front government did not create any separate statistics department, but we made it a separate one," she said.

Mamata refused to call it a reshuffle, saying, "Whenever a reshuffle takes place, I will let you know."