Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal ‘Prachanda’ on Tuesday expanded his cabinet. He expanded the cabinet three weeks after he assumed office on December 25.
Prachanda inducted 12 new ministers and three state ministers today. Top leaders of the ruling coalition had agreed on ministerial allocations late Monday night.
Earlier, there were only eight members in the Cabinet, including the Prime Minister, three Deputy Prime Ministers and four ministers without portfolios.
The government now has four deputy prime ministers—Bishnu Poudel from the CPN-UML, Narayan Kaji Shrestha from CPN (Maoist Centre), Rabi Lamichhane from the Rastriya Swatantra Party and Rajendra Lingden from the Rastriya Prajatantra Party.
With this, the government’s strength has now reached 22, including 19 ministers and 3 ministers of state.
President Bidya Devi Bhandari administered the oath of office and secrery to the newly-appointed deputy prime minister, ministers and state minister.
Rastriya Prajatantra Party Chairman Rajendra Lingden has been appointed as the Deputy Prime Minister along with the Minister of Energy.
RPP Vice Chairman Dhruba Bahadur Pradhan has been appointed as the Minister of Law, and Bikram Pandey has been appointed as the Minister for Urban Development.
Similarly, Maoist Center’s Rekha Sharma has been appointed as the Minister of Information and Communications; Sudan Kiranti as the Minister of Culture and Tourism; and Aman Lal Modi as the Minister of Federal Affairs and General Administration.
List of Ministers:
Pushpa Kamal Dahal (Maoist Center): Prime Minister
Bishnu Prasad Paudel (CPN-UML): Deputy Prime Minister (DPM) and Finance Minister
Narayankaji Shrestha (Maoist Center): DPM and Minister of Physical Infrastructure
Rabi Lamichhane (Rastriya Swatantra Party): DPM and Miniter of Home Affairs
Rajendra Lingden (Rastriya Prajatantra Party): DPM and Minister of Energy
Padam Giri (CPN-UML), Minister of Health
Dr. Bimala Rai Paudel (CPN-UML), Minister of Foreign Affairs
Hari Upreti (CPN-UML): Minister of Defense
Jwala Kumari Sah (CPN-UML), Minister of Agriculture
Bhagwati Chaudhary (CPN-UML), Minister of Women and Children
Damodar Bhandari (CPN-UML): Minister of Industry, Commerce and Supply
Rajendra Rai (CPN-UML): Minister of Land Management and Cooperatives
Rekha Sharma (Maoist Center): Minister of Communication and Information Technology
Sudan Kirati (Maoist Center): Minister of Tourism
Amanlal Modi (Maoist Center): Minister of General Administration
Shishir Khanal (Rastriya Swatantra Party): Minister of Education
DP Aryal (Rastriya Swatantra Party): Minister of Labor and Employment
Bikram Pandey (Rastriya Prajatantra Party): Minister of Urban Development
Dhruba Pradhan (Rastriya Prajatantra Party): Minister of Law
Abdul Khan (Janamat Party): Minister of State
Dr. Tosima Karki (Rastriya Swatantra Party): State Minister of Health
Deepak Bahadur Singh (RPP), State Minister of Energy