KATHMANDU: President Bidya Devi Bhandari on Friday morning administered the oath of office and secrecy to 13 new ministers.
Inducting leaders from the Nepali Congress, Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal has expanded the coalition Cabinet.
The new ministers took the oath from the Head of the State amid a special function at the Sheetal Niwas today.
Dignitaries including Vice-President Nanda Bahadur Pun, PM Dahal, Speaker Onsari Gharti Magar, deputy prime ministers and ministers, political party leaders, chiefs of constitutional bodies, representatives of Kathmandu-based diplomatic missions and high level government officials were present on the occasion.
The new ministers sworn in today are:
Earlier, the party had sent Bimalendra Nidhi and Ramesh Lekhak to the Cabinet as the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Home Affairs and the Minister for Physical Infrastructure and Transport respectively.
It has been learned that the ministers would assume their office today itself.
They were recommended for the ministerial berths by the party yesterday.
|Cabinet members after the expansion on Friday, August 26, 2016|
|1.||Puspa Kamal Dahal||Water Supply and Sanitation; Livestock Development;
Women, Children and Social Welfare Development;
Science and Technology
|2.||DPM Bimalendra Nidhi||Home Affairs|
|3.||DPM Krishna Bahadur Mahara||Finance|
|4.||Arjun Narsingh KC||Urban Development|
|5.||Ramesh Lekhak||Physical Infrastructure and Transportation|
|7.||Prakash Sharan Mahat||Foreign Affairs|
|8.||Bal Krishna Khand||Defense|
|10.||Suryaman Gurung||Labor and Employment|
|11.||Gauri Shankar Chaudhari||Agricultural Development|
|12.||Daljit Shrepaili||Youth and Sports|
|13.||Bikram Panday||Land Reform and Management|
|14.||Jayadev Joshi||Population and Environment|
|15.||Hitraj Panday||Federal Affairs and Local Development|
|16.||Surendra Kumar Karki||Information and Communication|
|18.||Ajaya Shankar Nayak||Law, Justice, & Parliamentary Affairs|
|19.||Keshab Kumar Budhathoki||General Administration|
|20.||Romi Gauchan Thakali||Commerce|
|21.||Sitadevi Yadav||Peace and Reconstruction|
|22.||Jeevan Bahadur Shahi||Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation|
|24.||Nabindra Raj Joshi||Industry|
|25.||Shankar Bhandari||Forest and Soil Conservation|
|26.||Gagan Kumar Thapa||Health|
|27.||Hridaya Ram Thani||Cooperatives and Poverty Alleviation|
|28.||Shreprasad Jawegu||Federal Affairs and Local Development|
|29.||Satya Narayan Bhagat||Energy|
|30.||Radhika Tamang||Agricultural Development|
|31.||Dhana Maya BK||Without portfolio|