Portfolios within the Maha Vikas Aghadi government in Maharashtra were designated on Thursday, two weeks after Uddhav Thackeray was sworn in as Chief Minister, with his party, Shiv Sena, getting the vital Home Ministry. Thackeray, along with six ministers, two each from Shiv Sena, NCP and Congress took a pledge of office on November 28.
The Government in a press release from the CM’s office said that Shiv Sena leader Eknath Shinde has been given the charge of Home, Urban Development, Forest, Environment, Water Supply, Water Conservation, Tourism, Public Undertakings, Parliamentary Affairs departments.
Subhash Desai gets the charge of Industries, Higher and Technical Education, Sports, and Youth Welfare, Horticulture, Transport, Marathi Language and Cultural Affairs, Ports.
Minister Chhagan Bhujbal receives Rural Development, Water Resources and Sector Development, Social Justice and Special Assistance, State Excise, Skill Development and Entrepreneurship, Food and Drug Administration.
Chief Minister Uddhav Balasaheb Thackeray to handle the rest of the ministeries which have not been designated any ministers.
Nitin Raut gets Public Works (excluding Public Ent), Tribal Development, Women and Child Development, Textile Industries, Aid and Rehabilitation, Other Backward Classes, Social and Edu Backward Classes, Vimukt castes, Wandering Tribes and Special Backward Classes Welfare.
Minister Jayant Patil gets Finance and Planning, Housing, Public Health, Cooperation and Marketing, Food, Civil Supplies and Consumer Protection, Workers, Minority Development.
Congress minister Balasaheb Thorat gets Revenue, Energy, Medical Education, School Education, Animal Husbandry and Dairy Development, Fisheries.
Chief Minister Thackeray will keep the divisions not designated to any minister. Cabinet expansion is likely to require put after the winter session of the state legislature closes on December 21.