Chandigarh, January 7: Punjab Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann has reallocated the portfolios after the Cabinet reshuffle on Saturday following Fauja Singh Sarari’s resignation.
Dr Balbir Singh, who today took oath as Cabinet Minister gets Health and Family Welfare Department. Chetan Singh Jouramajra, who held the charge of Health Department till now, has been given charge of all departments which were with Sarari.
Disclosing this here today, a spokesperson of the Chief Minister’s Office said that with this the total strength of the Cabinet had increased to 15 including the Chief Minister.
Meanwhile, Higher Education has gone from Gurmeet Singh Meet Hayer to Harjot Bains while Mines and Geology, earlier with Harjot Bains, goes to Meet Hayer.
Earlier, the Additional Chief Secretary to CM A Venuprasad conducted the proceedings of the ceremony with the permission of the Governor. After being sworn in Dr. Balbir signed the oath, which was counter signed by the Governor.
Meanwhile, the Chief Minister congratulated Dr Balbir for the new assignment and said that the new Minister has already been serving the masses with missionary zeal. He expressed hope that that the new minister will continue to serve the people with same passion and fervour.
Bhagwant Mann said that the state government is already according top priority to the Health department adding that a hardcore professional like Dr Balbir will further take the department to zenith.