Nepal | June 07, 2020

Cabinet decides to have 17 ministries

Himalayan News Service
Share Now:

Kathmandu, February 23

The government today decided to have only 17 ministries in the federal Cabinet.

As per an agreement between the left alliance leaders, the CPN-UML will have 11 ministries and the CPN-Maoist Centre seven.

There are 31 ministries, including the Office of the Prime Minister and Council of Ministers, at present. The constitution says that there cannot be more than 25 members in the Cabinet. The Administrative Reform Commission chaired by Kashiraj Dahal had recommended that the federal government should have 15 ministries.

As per the agreement, the UML will  hold the portfolio of  the Office of the Prime Minister and Council of Ministers; finance and planning; foreign affairs; defence; physical Infrastructure and transport; federal affairs and general administration; information, communications and science and technology; law, justice, and parliamentary affairs; education, sports and culture; health and population and tourism.

As per the agreement, the CPN-MC will have the portfolios of home affairs; energy (hydropower and renewables), industry, commerce and supply; urban development; settlement, water and sanitation; agriculture, irrigation, food security, cooperative and land reform; forest, environment and climate change; labour and employment; and women, children, senior citizen and social welfare.

Minister for Women Children and Social Welfare Tham Maya Thapa Magar told The Himalayan Times that the meeting also decided to appoint Bishnu Rimal as the chief adviser to Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli. UML’ politburo member Rimal is also a trade union leader.

Rimal was also a Political Adviser to KP Oli when he was the prime minister last year. Talking to THT Rimal said the Cabinet decided to reduce the number of ministries as per the recommendation of Administrative Reform Commission and CPN UML’s party line to have a lean Cabinet. He also said that though the sharing of ministries had been decided between the UML and CPN-MC, the portfolios will be fixed only after the reduction of ministries.

The Cabinet also accepted the resignations of three members of National Planning Commission — Krishna Sindhu Prasad, Govinda Raj Bhatta and Arbind Kumar Mishra.

 


A version of this article appears in print on February 24, 2018 of The Himalayan Times.


Follow The Himalayan Times on Twitter and Facebook

Recommended Stories:

More from The Himalayan Times:

Supreme Court of Nepal

SC orders release of illegally-detained man

KATHMANDU, JUNE 5 The Supreme Court today rebuked District Administration Office, Siraha, and others for unlawfully detaining Chakra Bahadur Khatri, a resident of Khotang district, for more than a year. The court asked the National Human Rights Commission to secure the release of the man and w Read More...

Trump orders big US troop cut in Germany, official says

BANGOR, MAINE: US President Donald Trump has ordered the military to remove 9,500 troops from Germany, a senior US official said on Friday, a move likely to raise concerns in Europe about the US commitment to the continent. The move would reduce US troops numbers in Germany to 25,000, from the 3 Read More...

15 yrs on, Bandarmudhe blast victims still await justice

CHITWAN, JUNE 5 Fifteen years have passed since the infamous Bandarmudhe bomb blast, but the victims of the incident are still awaiting justice. The bomb blast carried out by the then rebelling CPN Maoist on a passenger bus at Madi of southern Chitwan had taken the lives of 38 people, leaving Read More...

michael jordan

Jordan giving $100 million for racial equality, justice

CHARLOTTE: Michael Jordan and the Jordan Brand are giving $100 million to organizations dedicated to promoting racial equality and social justice. In a joint statement Friday on social media, Jordan and the Jordan Brand said money will be paid over 10 years with the goal of “ensuring racial equ Read More...

Buffalo officers suspended in shoving of 75-year-old man

BUFFALO: Dozens of Buffalo police officers stepped down from the department's crowd control unit Friday, objecting to the suspensions of two fellow officers in the shoving of a 75-year-old protester who fell and cracked his head. Prosecutors were investigating the encounter captured by a TV crew Read More...

Kylie Jenner tops Forbes highest paid celebs list a week after Forbes' scathing report of her not being a billionaire

LOS ANGELES: After making headlines a week ago in a Forbes report for not being a billionaire, Kylie Jenner on June 4 was ranked at Number 1 by Forbes in its annual world's highest paid celebrities list. She was followed by musician Kanye West, who is married to her half-sister Kim Kadarshian Read More...

Swab collection halted for five days in Sudurpaschim

DHANGADI, JUNE 5 Sudurpaschim Province has halted collection of throat swab samples for five days. Province Health Directorate Office Dhangadi said it had stopped collecting swab samples as more than 1,000 swabs were on hold and left to be tested. “We have more than 1,000 swab samples yet Read More...

Hollywood star Leonardo DiCaprio dedicated to ending disenfranchisement of Black America

KATHMANDU: Joining a growing list of Hollywood celebrities donating to organisations working for equal rights during the 'Black Lives Matter' protests in the US, actor Leonardo DiCaprio too has announced donations while urging others to take action. Taking to Twitter on June 5, the Once Upon A T Read More...