UP ministry: Akhilesh keeps lion's share



Lucknow: Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav on Sunday kept the bulk of ministries, including the key Home and Finance, with him.

Interestingly, controversial independent MLA Raghuraj Pratap Singh alias Raja Bhaiyya, who was jailed by previous chief minister Mayawati and against whom there are pending criminal cases of attempt to murder, kidnapping and abduction, has been given Prison department.

In portfolio allocation by Uttar Pradesh Governor BL Joshi in consultation with the Chief Minister, Akhilesh, who was sworn in as the youngest CM on March 15 along with 28 Cabinet ministers and 19 Ministers of State, kept charge of 50 departments while his uncle Shivpal Singh Yadav was given responsibility of PWD and Irrigation.

Another senior leader and Samajwadi Party's Muslim face Azam Khan has been allocated Parliamentary Affairs, Muslim waqf, Urban Development, Minority Welfare and Haj, besides Urban Employment and Poverty Alleviation.

Raghuraj Pratap Singh, whose induction in cabinet had sparked criticism, has been allocated Food and Civil Supplies along with prison.

Ahmad Hasan has got Medical and Health, Family Welfare and Mother and Child welfare and Balram Yadav will hold Panchayati Raj Department.

Apart from Home and Finance, the other departments with Akhilesh are general administration, vigilance, appointment, information, tax and registration, secondary education, higher education, technical education, medical education, housing, cane development, sugar mills, IT, planning, estate, excise, power and institutional finance .

Waqar Ahmad Shah has been alloted Labour and Employment and Transport Department has been given to Raja Mahendra Aridaman Singh.

Anand Singh has been allocated agriculture and religious endowment.

Ambika Chaudhary has been given responsibility of revenue and rehabilitation department.

Social welfare, SC/ST welfare departments have been allocated to Awadhesh Pratap and land development and water resources department has been given to Om Prakash Singh.

Paras Nath Yadav got minor irrigation and animal husbandry, whereas child development and nutrition and basic education has been given to Ram Govind Chaudhary.

Stamp and court fee, registration and civil defence departments have been allotted to Durga Prasad Yadav, homeguards and vocational education to Brahma Shanker Tripathi.

Kameshwar Yadav has been given externally aided projects, Ambedkar village development sports and youth welfare departments.

Khadi and village industry have been allocated to Rajaram Pandey, horticulture to Raj Kishore Singh and textile industry and sericulture to Shiv Kumar Beria.

Among ministers of state (independent charge) Rajendra Singh Rana has been allocated rural engineering services, Arvind Singh Gope got rural development, Bhagwat Sharan Gangwar got small industries and Aruna Kori woman welfare and culture.

Departments have also been allocated to 24 ministers of state and they have been attached to their respective cabinet ministers.

Akhilesh has also retained secretariat administration, cooperative, election, legislative, protocol, civil aviation, tourism, industrial development, mining, flood control, forest, administrative reform with him.

He would also hold charge of environment, science and technology, dairy development, electronics, backward development, programme implementation, fishries, hadicapped welfare and entertainment departments.

PTI