Manipur chief minister N Biren Singh has allocated portfolios to the five newly-inducted cabinet ministers in the BJP-led coalition government’s council of ministers.

Manipur chief secretary Dr Rajesh Kumar has issued a notification in this regard.

As per the notification, Sorokhiabam Rajen Singh of Lamsang Assembly constituency has been allocated the portfolios of education, fisheries and command area development authority.

Vungzagin Valte of Thanlon constituency has been allocated tribal affairs & hills, transport, general administrative department while Oinam Lukhoi of Wangoi has been given the charges of agriculture, veterinary & animal husbandry and tourism.

Thokchom Satyabarta of Yaiskul constituency has been given the charges of consumer affairs, food & public distribution, law & legislative affairs & employment while Okram Henry of Wangkhei has been allocated municipal administration housing and urban development, social welfare and cooperation.

Chief minister N Biren will continue to hold home, personnel, planning, revenue portfolios and any other departments not allocated specifically.

The key portfolios such as health & family welfare was not distributed to the newly inducted ministers.

On Thursday, three BJP MLAs Rajen Singh, Vungzagin Valte, Th Satyabarta and two ex-MLAs O Lukhoi and O Henry took oath as cabinet ministers after six ministers were dropped.

Lukhoi and Henry were Congress MLAs, who had resigned and joined the BJP.

The six ministers, who were dropped from the council of ministers, include V Hangkhalian (agriculture and animal husbandry), Nemcha Kipgen (social welfare and cooperation) and Th Radheshyam (education, labour and employment), L Jayantakumar (health & family welfare), N Kayisii( tribal affairs & fisheries) and K Shyam (consumer affairs, food & public distribution).

While V Hangkhalian, Nemcha and Radheshyam are from the BJP, Jayantakumar and Kayisii are from the National People’s Party (NPP).

Shyam is from Lok Janshakti Party.

Sobhapati Samom

Sobhapati Samom is Northeast Now Correspondent in Imphal. He can be reached at: ssamom@gmail.com