Newly appointed ministers take oath
KATHMANDU: President Bidya Devi Bhandari has administered the oath of office and secrecy to the newly appointed cabinet ministers on Thursday.
Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli had sent the list of new ministers to the president late on Wednesday night. PM’s Press Adviser Surya Thapa had confirmed that the Prime Minister had sent a letter with details of new appointees to President Bidya Devi Bhandari.
A meeting of the ruling Nepal Communist Party (NCP) held Wednesday afternoon finalised the names of new MPs to be inducted to the Cabinet in place of the outgoing ministers who, according to the Prime Minister, had performed ‘underwhelmingly’.
Six incumbent ministers and three state ministers were made to leave the Cabinet while nine others have joined the Oli-cabinet.
The following list of ministers have taken the oath in the place of those leaving:
Minister of Federal Affairs and General Administration
Lal Babu Pandit
Minister of Agriculture and Livestock Development
Chakra Pani Khanal
Minister of Industry, Commerce and Supplies
Rameshwor Ray Yadav
Minister of Labour, Employment and Social Security
Basanta K Nembang
Minister of Physical Infrastructure and Transport
Minister of Women, Children and Senior Citizens
Tham Maya Thapa
Moti Lal Dugar
Minister of State for Industry, Commerce and Supplies
Dhan Bahadur Budha
Nava Raj Rawat
Minister of State for Health and Population
Ram Kumari Chaudhari
Ram Bir Manandhar
Minister of State for Urban Development
Surendra Kumar Yadav
Also present at the oath-taking ceremony were Vice-President Nanda Bahadur Pun, Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli, Chairperson of the National Assembly Nanda Bahadur Pun, among others.
The sworn-in ministers will assume their office from today itself.