Sabitha, first A.P. woman Home Minister

Special Correspondent

YSR allocates portfolios to all 35 members of his Council of Ministers

Sabitha will head the 80,000-strong police force in A.P.

She takes charge when anti-naxal operations are at a decisive stage

HYDERABAD: Patlolla Sabitha Indra Reddy (46) became the first woman Home Minister of Andhra Pradesh after Chief Minister Y. S. Rajasekhara Reddy allocated portfolios to all the 35 members of the Council of Ministers on Tuesday.

The three-time legislator served as the Mines and Geology Minister in the earlier government. She will head the 80,000-strong police force in the State at a time when the anti-naxalite operations has reached a decisive stage. Incidentally, her husband late P. Indra Reddy was also Home Minister in the N. T. Rama Rao Cabinet.

K. Rosaiah, who retained the Finance portfolio, lost no time in assuming charge in his old chamber in D Block.

Dr. Reddy, however, kept for himself, the subject of Law & Order, apart from General Administration, Public Enterprise and all other unallocated matters. He also did not allocate the key portfolios of Commercial Taxes, Excise, Energy & Coal, Infrastructure and Investment Promotion.

Dharmana Prasada Rao (Revenue), N. Raghuveera Reddy (Agriculture), Ponnala Lakshmaiah (Major and Medium Irrigation), Pilli Subash Chandra Bose (Social Welfare) and M. Mukesh Goud (BC Welfare) retained the old portfolios they had held in the previous government.

Other Ministers to get key portfolios are: D.Sridhar Babu (Higher Education), Jupally Krishna Rao (Civil Supplies), R. Venkat Reddy (Cooperation), S. Vijayarama Raju (Transport), Vatti Vasant Kumar (Rural Development), Kanna Lakshminarayana (Major Industries), A. Ramnarayana Reddy (Municipal Administration), Md. Ahmadullah Syed (Primary Education), C. Shilpa Mohan Reddy (Housing) and Galla Aruna Kumari (Roads and Buildings).

Women have been given a sizeable share of the important portfolios with J. Geeta Reddy getting Information & Public Relations and Tourism, G. Aruna Kumari (Roads & Buildings), V. Sunitha Lakshma Reddy (Minor Irrigation) and Small-Scale Industries D. K. Aruna. Women & Child Welfare portfolio, which is usually allotted to a female member in the Cabinet, has gone to Konda Surekha.

As in the earlier government, Health and Medical department will have three separate Ministers. Danam Nagender gets the all-important Health and Family Welfare, APVVP and Hospital Services. P. Sudarshan Reddy will handle the Medical Education subject while Pithani Satyanarayana is entrusted with the portfolio to handle Arogyasri, 104, 108 and Medical Infrastructure.

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