Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray on Saturday rearranged some portfolios which were allotted to NCP ministers Jayant Patil and Chhagan Bhujbal. As per new arrangement, Irrigation department was shifted to Patil while Bhujbal got Food, Civil supplies and Consumer Protection and Minority Welfare ministries, a statement from the Chief Minister's Office (CMO) said.
Earlier, on December 12, Patil was allocated Finance and Planning, Housing, Public Health, Co-operation, Food & Civil Supplies, Labour and Minority Welfare ministries. Bhujbal was entrusted with Irrigation, Rural Development, Social Justice, Excise, Skill Development, Food and Drug Administration portfolios.
Thackeray, who heads the Maharashtra Vikas Aghadi (MVA) government, had taken oath as chief minister on November 28 alongside six ministers -- two each from the Shiv Sena, NCP and Congress.
On December 12, the Sena was allotted crucial portfolios of Home, Industries, Urban Development. The NCP landed Finance and the Congress the Revenue.
The expansion of the Cabinet is likely to take place after the winter session of the state legislature ends on December 21.
Here's the list of the Maharashtra Council of Ministers and their portfolios:
Uddhav Thackeray (Shiv Sena): Chief Minister and any other departments not alloted to any ministers
Eknath Shinde (Shiv Sena): Home, Urban Development, Forest, Environment, Water Supply, Water Conservation, Tourism, Public Undertakings, Parliamentary Affairs departments
Subhash Desai (Shiv Sena): Industries, Higher and Technical Education, Sports and Youth Welfare, Horticulture, Transport, Marathi Language and Cultural Affairs, Ports
Chhagan Bhujbal (NCP): Rural Development, Social Justice, Excise, Skil Development, Food and Drug Administration, Food, Civil supplies and Consumer Protection and Minority Welfare
Jayant Patil (NCP): Irrigation, Finance and Planning, Housing, Public Health, Co-operation, Labour
Balasaheb Thorat (Congress): Revenue, Energy, Medical Education, School Education, Animal Husbandry and Dairy Development, Fisheries
Nitin Raut (Congress): PWD, Tribal Welfare, Women and Child Welfare, Textile, Relief and Rehabilitation, OBC,VJNT, Special Backward Class Welfare