Kerala: P Vijayan-led new State Cabinet to be sworn in today
In Kerala, Preparations are in full swing at the Central Stadium in Thiruvananthapuram for the swearing in ceremony of the new State Cabinet to be held this afternoon.
Governor Arif Mohammed Khan will administer oath at 3.30 p.m.
Due to COVID pandemic, the function will be limited to a few selected invitees.
Everyone is bound to produce a COVID negative result taken before 48 hours and COVID Vaccination Certificate.
Earlier, the Kerala High Court sought explanation from the Government, regarding its decision with respect to the swearing in ceremony, by involving over 500 persons. The High Court has also advised the government to limit the number of people taking part in the ceremony.
Meanwhile, the portfolio allocation of the Pinarayi Vijayan-led second LDF Cabinet has been announced. Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan will be in charge of Home Affairs, IT and Public Governance. K. N. Balagopal will be the Finance Minister and Veena George the new Health Minister.
Mr V. Sivankutty will be the Minister for Education, P. Rajeev the Minister for Industries, K. Radhakrishnan the Minister for Devaswom, SC/ST Development , R. Bindhu the Minister for Higher Education, Antony Raju- Transport, M.V. Govindan – Ecxcise and Local Self-Government, P.A. Mohammed Riyaz – Public Works Department , Tourism,V. N. Vasavan – Cooperative Sector and Registration.
K. Krishnankutty will hold the portfolio of Electricity, Ahammad Devarkovil – Ports, Saji Cheriyan – Fisheries, culture, V. Abdurahiman – Minority affairs and NRKs while J. Chinchu Rani will handle Animal Husbandry & Dairy Development.
K. Rajan will be the Minister for Revenue Department, P. Prasad- Agricultural Minister, G. R. Anil – Food and Civil Supplies Department, A.K. Saseendran Forest Department and Roshy Augustine will be in charge of Water Resources Department.