Controversial Uttar Pradesh Minister Raghuraj Pratap Singh alias Raja Bhaiya was on Saturday divested of Prison Department in a reshuffle of portfolios by Chief Minster Akhilesh Yadav. Mr. Singh, however, retains other departments like Food & Logistics, Civil Supplies, Rent Control and Consumer protection.

In the reshuffle of portfolios while allotting departments to new Ministers, the Prison Department has been given to newly-appointed Rajendra Chowdhury, while Transport has been taken away from Raja Mahendra Aridaman Singh and given to Cabinet Minister Durga Prasad Yadav.

The notification was issued by Governor B. L. Joshi, said an official release here.

Horticulture has been taken away from Rajkishore Singh and given to Parasa Nath Yadav, who was Minor Irrigation Minister, while Tourism Department, which was with the Chief Minister, has been given to Om Prakash Singh.

Among State Ministers with independent charge, newly-appointed Minister Vijay Kumar Mishra has been given the charge of Alternative Energy. Tej Narain Pandey alias Pawan Pandey has been given Entertainment Tax Department, while Gayatri Prasad Prajapati will now have the charge of Irrigation.

Newly-appointed Yogesh Pratap Singh alias Yogesh bhaiya has been given Basic Education Department, while Nitin Agarwal has been given the charge of Medical & Health Department. Vinod Kumar Singh alias Pandit Singh, who was re-inducted into Mr. Yadav’s Cabinet, has been given charge of Secondary Education, while Manoj Kumar Pandey has been given Agriculture (Export, Marketing and Trade).

Alok Kumar Shakya has been given Technical Education, while Vijay Bahadur Pal has been given charge of Secondary Education Department with Pandit Singh. Ram Murti Singh Verma has been given Backward Welfare Department, while Abishek Misra has been given Science & Technology. — PTI