hammer1.gif (1140 bytes) People's Democracy

(Weekly Organ of the Communist Party of India (Marxist)

Vol. XXV

No. 21

May 27,2001

Bengal Left Front Announces Cabinet Portfolios



THE list of ministers and ministers-of-state for the sixth cabinet of ministers of the Left Front government was finalised following the meetings of the state committee of the CPI (M) and then a meeting of the Bengal Left Front. It was released at a press conference by the CPI(M) Polit Bureau member and chairman of the Left Front Sailen Dasgupta. The 48-member cabinet of ministers includes nine new full ministers and six ministers-of-state.

Portfolios of these ministers were announced at the Muzaffar Ahmad Bhavan within hours after the swearing in on May 19. Polit Bureau member of the CPI (M), Biman Basu released the portfolios list at a press conference. Compared to 1996, there were changes evident both in the creation of new portfolios and rescheduling the allocation of ministerial tasks. New portfolios include: information technology; aquatic resources; and identification of tourism, food processing, and horticulture as independent departments and not as adjuncts of other departments as was the case earlier. Ministers-of-state will now function in the departments of urban development and municipal affairs, and in education. The past cabinet saw the presence of four women ministers. The present cabinet has increased the number to six. Biman Basu said that the performance of the ministers shall be under review and necessary reshuffling might have to be considered on the basis of performance reports. The list of ministers and their allocated portfolios is as follows:

Names of Minister & Portfolios

Chief Minister

1. Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee

Chief Minister; Home (Police), Information and Cultural Affairs, Science and Technology

Cabinet Ministers

2. Nirupam Sen

Industry, Public Undertakings & Industrial Reconstruction, Planning & Development

3. Dr Surya Kanta Mishra

Health & Family welfare, Rural Development, Panchayat

4. Mohd Amin


5. Asim Dasgupta


6. Subhas Chakravarty

Transport, Sports, Hooghly River Bridge Commissioners

7. Mohd Salim

Minorities Development & Welfare, Self-employment Scheme for the

Urban Unemployed, Youth Services, Technical Education

8. Kamal Guha


9. Biswanath Chaudhuri

Social Welfare, Jails

10. Kiranmoy Nanda

Fisheries, Aquaculture, Aquatic Resources, Harbours

11. Nandagopal Bhattacharya

Small Irrigation, Water Investigation Development

12. Prabodh Sinha

Parliamentary Affairs & Excise

13. Kalimuddin Shams

Food & Supplies

14. Amar Chaudhuri

Public Works

15. Gautam Deb

Housing & Public Health and Engineering

16. Kanti Biswas

School Education, Madrasah

17. Naren De

Cooperation & Consumer Affairs

18. Manabendra Mukherjee

Information Technology & Environment

19. Ashok Bhattacharyya

Municipal Affairs, Urban Development, Town and Country Planning

20. Dinesh Dakua


21. Sailen Sarkar

Food Processing and Horticulture

22. Satyasadhan Chakravarty

Higher Education

23. Amarendralal Roy

Irrigation and Waterways

24. Abdur-Rezzak Mollah

Land and Land Reforms

25. Mrinal Banerjee


26. Bangshagopal Chaudhuri

Cottage & Small Scale Industry

27. Nisith Adhikary

Law and Judicial Department

28. Upen Kisku

Scheduled Castes, Scheduled Tribes, and Other Backward Classes Welfare

29. Anisur-Rehman

Animal Resources Development

30. Jogesh Chandra Barman


31. Nemai Mal

Library Services

32. Nandarani Dal

Mass Education

33. Chhaya Ghosh

Agriculture Marketing

34. Hafiz Alam Sairani


Ministers of State

35. Pratim Chatterjee

Fire Services

36. Dhiren Sen

Land and Land Reforms, Panchayats and Rural Development

37. Susanta Ghosh

Labour, Employment Exchange, Employees’ State Insurance (ESI)

38. Dasarath Tirkey

Public Works

39. Maheswar Murmu

Pashchimanchal Development and Forests

40. Anju Kar

Municipal Affairs

41. Bilasibala Sahis

Scheduled Castes, Scheduled Tribes, and OBC

42. Ganesh Chandra Mondal

Irrigation & Waterways

43. Srikumar Mukherjee

Civil Defence

44. Kanti Ganguly

Sunderbans Development Affairs

45. Pratyush Mukherjee

Health & Family Welfare

46. Narayan Biswas


47. Nayan Sarkar

Refugee Rehabilitation

48. Iva De

School Education

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