IMPHAL -- Manipur Chief Minister N Biren Singh on Saturday allocated portfolios to his council of ministers, keeping key home department with himself.
The chief minister will be in charge of home, transport, general administration, sericuluture, tourism, IT, vigilance and other departments not specifically allocated, a statement by Chief Secretary O Nabakishore said.
Deputy Chief Minister Y Joykumar Singh will look after finance, excise, taxation, science and technology, economics and statistics and civil aviation.
Th Bishwajit will be the minister for public works, rural development and panchayati raj, information and public relations, administrative reforms, commerce and industries.
L Jayanta Kumar has been allocated portfolios of health, family welfare, law and legislative, art and culture, while Letpao Haokip will helm ministry of youth affairs, sports, irrigation and flood control, the statement said.
Karam Shyam will take charge of PDS and consumer affairs, weights and measures, revenue, relief and rehabilitation and N Kayishii will look after tribal and hill areas department and fisheries.
Th Shyamkumar will be in charge of forest and environment, horticulture, soil conservation and town planning. V Hangkhalian has been allocated the portfolios of agriculture, veterinary and animal husbandry.
Thokchom Radheshyam Singh has got education, labour and employment, while Nemcha Kipgen has been given social welfare and cooperation.
Losi Dikho will look after PHED, printing and stationary. BJP MLA P Sharatchandra has been appointed as the Economic Advisor to CM. Today's distribution of portfolio was preceded by the announcement of names of 12 parliamentary secretaries.
The BJP-led Manipur government has also decided to set up an anti-corruption cell at the Chief Minister's Secretariat.
The decision was taken at a Cabinet meeting chaired by Chief Minister Nongthombam Biren Singh last evening. Government spokesperson and Cabinet minister Th Bishwajit said, the decision to set up the anti-corruption cell was taken for gathering information on corrupt elements in public service."
A mobile number has been earmarked to enable the people to inform the government about malpractices so as to allow the authorities to take appropriate actions, he said.
Stating that identity of the caller would be kept confidential, he said, "frivolous complaints", however, would invite strict action as per appropriate law, he said. The Cabinet also decided to discontinue with holding interviews during recruitment of Grade III and Grade IV employees.
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