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Mulayam effects reshuffle in council of ministers

Written by: Staff

Lucknow, Apr 13 (UNI) Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mulayam Singh Yadav tonight effected a reshuffle in the state council of ministers by redesignating portfolios of five ministers of state (Independent Charge) and one Minister of State.

An official spokesperson said here that Mr Yadav, after consulting Governor T V Rajeswar, effected the reshuffle. In the process, the Chief Minister relieved himself of some of the portfoilos by handing out some of the charges to the ministers of state.

The Chief Minister, while taking away Fisheries department from Mr Dinesh Singh, handed him the Entertainment Tax department from his portfolio. Similarly, Mr Virendra Singh has been given the charge of the Forest department. The Forest department portfoilo too was being held by Mr Yadav.

Mr Shyam Narain Singh has been handed over the additional responsibility of the Fisheries department. Mr Yogesh Pratap Singh, besides his current portfolio, will now be additionally responsible for Technical Education. This department too was being taken care of by the CM. Mr Rajendra Singh Rana -- a rebel BSP MLA, who joined the ruling SP in August 2003 -- has been given the additional charge of Information Technology and Electronics.

Minister of State Shailendra Yadav has been attached with Housing Minister and senior SP leader Md Azam Khan.

Meanwhile, the Chief Minister also announced advisors to some of the departments.

Rajnikan Mishra will be Advisor to the Department of Higher Education, Ram Prasad Savita will be Advisor to Medical Education Department, Ch Mohammed Bashir, Advisor to Medical and Health Department, Z A Khan will be advisor to Secondary Education Department and Brijendra Pratap Singh, heading the State Lalit Kala Akadami will be advisor to the Housing Department..

The advisors will have designation equivalent to Minister of State.


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