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Asian Tribune is published by E-LANKA MEDIA(PVT)Ltd. Vol. 20 No. 72

Six new ministers inducted in the Bangladesh Cbinet

M.A Qader-Reporting from Bangladesh

[caption id="attachment_3317" align="alignright" width="230" caption="Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina "]Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina [/caption]

Dhaka, 01 August, ( Bangladeshi Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina Friday reshuffled the portfolios after expanding her cabinet with the induction of one minister and five state ministers. With the induction of six new members, the strength of Hasina's cabinet rose to 44.

The 43-strong cabinet now has 25 ministers and 18 state ministers after the resignation of state minister for home Tanjim Ahmed.

The expansion of cabinet came a day after her ruling Awami League had announced its fully fledged committee by dropping party heavyweights from the policymaking presidium and sacked all seven organising secretaries of the previous committee.

Hasina, who watched the ceremony at the Bangabhaban, told reporters that the expansion and shuffle were designed to help implement the new budget and accelerate the move towards digital Bangladesh.

President Zillur Rahman administered their oath to office in the second cabinet expansion since the Awami League-led Grand Alliance government assumed office on January 6 after sweeping the December 29 general elections.

GM Quader of Jatiya Party, Dilip Barua of Samyobadi Dal and law minister Shafique Ahmed, a technocrat minister, are the exceptions in an cabinet dominated by ruling Awami League MPs.

On Jan 24, Hasina appointed six new state ministers to the original 32-strong cabinet that had 24 ministers.

At the same time the PM Hasina also brought some crucial changes to the home, power, foreign and shipping ministries.

State minister Hasan Mahmud was removed from the foreign ministry. Mahmud, the ruling Awami League's forest and environment secretary, fills the space left by Mustafizur Rahman Fizar, who will be the junior to land minister Rezaul Karim Hira.

Retired brig gen and Chanpainawabganj-1 MP Enamul Huq is the new state minister for energy and power, replacing Shamsul Huq Tuku, who has been moved to home as state minister.

Shahjahan Khan, Madaripur-2 MP is the only full minister, in charge of shipping and inland water transport, among the new entrants to the council of ministers. Khan also chaired the labour and manpower ministry parliamentary committee.

His predecessor, Afsarul Amin, will take over at the primary and mass education division.

Elected MP from Patuakhali-4, Md Mahbubur Rahman will be at the water resources ministry as the state minister.

Retired captain and army doctor Mujibur Rahman Fakir, the Mymensingh-3 MP, will be the state minister for health to assist cabinet minister A F M Ruhul Huq.

Promod Mankin, an MP from Mymensingh-1 in 1996, 2001 and 2006 elections, is set for the culture ministry.

Shirin Sharmin Chowdhury, an MP from reserved women's seats, is the state minister for children and women.

Meanwhile, the main opposition BNP senior leader Barrister Moudud Ahmed said the expansion of the cabinet will not necessarily intensify the competence of the PM’s cabinet.

-Asian Tribune-

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