Chief Minister Harish Rawat allotted portfolios to his Cabinet late night on Tuesday, March 4. The portfolios were allotted after more than a month since Harish Rawat took charge as the Chief Minister of the State.
The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), which is the Opposition party here, had been raising the issue of ‘delay in portfolio allotment’ and had tagged it as ‘a failure of the Harish Rawat government’.
Harish Rawat had retained the Cabinet that existed during the former Chief Minister Vijay Bahuguna’s tenure. With the distribution of the portfolios he, more or less, retained the portfolios of the Cabinet Ministers as well.
The 12-member Cabinet, which is headed by Harish Rawat, has four Ministers from the coalition partner Progressive Democratic Front (PDF). The new portfolio distribution did not see major differences from the portfolios that were allotted to the Cabinet during Bahuguna government.
Harish Rawat kept 16 departments under him including the important departments like industrial development, and environment. The portfolio of disaster management and rehabilitation was taken from Yashpal Arya and is now under Harish Rawat.
Senior Minister Indira Hriyadesh has 12 departments under her including finance and parliamentary affairs among other important departments.
Dinesh Agarwal has been allotted the forest department, and Pritam Singh will be heading the home department. This has put both these Ministers amongst the ones with major portfolios in the Cabinet.
Harak Singh Rawat, with the horticulture department under him, too seems to have benefitted by the portfolio allotment. The horticulture department was with Amrita Rawat during the Bahuguna government.