Chandigarh, March 21: The AAP-led Punjab Government on Monday allocated portfolios to its ministers. Punjab Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann has kept the Home Ministry with him.
Harpal Cheema has been made Finance Minister; Gurmeet Singh Meet Hayer has been made Education Minister, Dr Vijay Singla has got Health Ministry; Harjot Bains will be the Law and Tourism Minister; Dr Baljit Kaur will be the Minister for Social Security, Women and Child Development.
Harbhajan Singh will be Power Minister; Lal Chand look after Food and Civil Supplies Department. Kuldeep Singh Dhaliwal will be the Minister of Rural Development and Panchayati Raj.
Laljit Singh Bhullar will be the Transport Minister; Bram Shankar Jimpa will have Water as well as Disaster Ministry.
Earlier, after inducting the 10 ministers into his Cabinet, Punjab Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann had approved a proposal to fill 25,000 vacant posts in government departments, including 10,000 police posts.
Bhagwant Mann, in a video message after the first meeting of the Cabinet, said the process of advertisement and notification for these jobs would be initiated within a month.
The new ministers are
Harpal Singh Cheema (48), second-time AAP MLA from Dirba.
Dr Baljit Kaur (46), an eye surgeon from Malout
Harbhajan Singh, a former Excise and Taxation Officer
Dr Vijay Singla (46), a dentist from Mansa
Lal Chand Kataru Chak from Bhoa (47), a first-time MLA
Gurmeet Singh Meet Hayer, a 32-year-old with a BTech degree
Kuldip Singh Dhaliwal from Ajnala who lived in the US before he returned to agriculture in Punjab
Laljit Singh Bhullar, a commission agent
Pandit Brahm Shankar Jimpa, a four-time councillor from Hoshiarpur
Harjot Singh Bains, practising lawyer at the Punjab and Haryana High Court