Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba’s cabinet has been expanded on Friday, three months after he assumed office, giving gull shape to the cabinet. With the addition of 17 ministers and 2 ministers of state, the present government has got the strength of 25. There are currently 22 ministers including Prime Minister Deuba and three ministers of state. Earlier there were only six members in the ministry including one minister of state.
Five ministers have been inducted from newly formed CPN-Unified Socialist, four ministers and one minister of state from Madhes-based Janata Socialist Party and 5 ministers and one minister of state from CPN-Maoist Centre led by Pushpa Kamal Dahal “Prachanda”.
Similarly, Nepali Congress got eight ministers and one minister of state besides Prime Minister Deuba.
Bal Krishna Khand of Nepali Congress has retained the portfolio of Home while Narayan Khadka of the same party has retained Minister of Foreign Affairs. Similarly, Minendra Rijal and Gyanendra Bahadur Karki of Nepali Congress has got the ministries of Defence and Information and Communication respectively. Birodh Khatiwada of CPN-Unified Socialist has been appointed as Minister for Health and Population. Janardan Sharma of CPN-Maoist Centre has retained the ministry of Finance. Meanwhile, the newly appointed ministers and minister of states took oath of office secrecy at the President’s office shortly after they were appointed at the recommendation of Prime Minister Deuba. President Bidya Devi Bhandari administered oath to the newly appointed ministers while Prime Minister Deuba administered oath to the newly appointed two ministers of state at the president’s office in the presence of president Bhandari.