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NewAndhra Pradesh ministers get profolios; IT for Nara Lokesh

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Amaravati: Andhra Pradesh chief minister Chandrababu Naidu on Monday allocated portfolios to 11 newly inducted ministers in his cabinet including his son Nara Lokesh, who was given the Information Technology (IT) and Panchayat Raj (PR) departments.

In handing over the IT and Communications, and Panchayat Raj and Rural Development departments to his son, the CM has followed the pattern of his Telangana counterpart K Chandrasekhar Rao. KCR had made his son K T Rama Rao the minister for IT and PR in 2014 in his cabinet.

The CM finalised the portfolios of all the new ministers inducted into the state cabinet yesterday. The cabinet strength has now increased to 26. With no Muslim minister in the cabinet, Chandrababu kept the Minorities Welfare and Empowerment department with himself, much like what KCR did in 2014. Besides the general administration department, the CM will also hold charge of “Happiness Index” that is neither a portfolio nor a department but an objective of the government.

The CM parted with the energy department he had been holding and gave it to veteran K Kala Venkata Rao. Another senior Somireddy Chandramohan Reddy has been given Agriculture and Horticulture while former journalist Kalva Srinivasulu has been made minister for Information and Public Relations. Kalva will also hold charge of rural housing portfolio. N Amarnath Reddy will be the new industries and commerce minister while Nakka Anand Babu will head Social and Tribal Welfare departments. The youngest member of the cabinet, Bhuma Akhila Priya has been given Tourism, language and culture portfolios while Paritala Sunithamma has been moved to Women Empowerment, Child, Disabled and Senior Citizens’ welfare department.

Adinarayana Reddy has been given Marketing, Animal Husbandry, Fisheries and Co-operatives departments while another newcomer Sujay Krishna Ranga Rao got Mines and Geology. K Samuel Jawahar will be the new Excise minister and Pithani Satyanarayana, Labour.

Kollu Ravindra, as a promotion, got a change in his portfolios from Excise and BC welfare to Law and Justice and Youth, Sports, NRI empowerment and skill development. K Atchannaidu too got new portfolios in Transport, BC Welfare, Handlooms and Textiles.

From Agriculture, P Pulla Rao has been moved to Food and Civil Supplies while Ch Ayyanna Patrudu got Roads and Buildings. Siddaraghav Rao was made Environment and Forests Ministers. There is no change in the portfolios of the two deputy CMs K E Krishna Murthy (Revenue) and N China Rajappa (Home).

Similarly, veteran Yanamala Ramakrishnudu will continue to be Finance and Commercial Taxes minister besides Legislative Affairs. Devineni Umamaheswara Rao (Water Resources), P Narayana (Municipal Administration), Ganta Srinivasa Rao (HRD), Kamineni Srinivas (Health and Medical) and P Manikyala Rao (Endowments) also didn’t see change in their portfolios.

In the maiden reorganisation of the State Council of Ministers yesterday, since the AP government was formed on 8 June 2014, five incumbent ministers were dropped. Besides Lokesh, four MLAs of the opposition YSRC who switched loyalty to the ruling TDP-BJP coalition, and six others were inducted into the Andhra Pradesh cabinet.

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