press trust of india
CHENNAI, 17 JUNE: Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa today effected a minor rejig of her ministry, dropping two ministers and inducting as many.
Ms Jayalalithaa (file photo) dropped labour minister S T Chellapandian and minister for backward classes and minorities welfare A Mohammedjan from the state Cabinet.
A Raj Bhavan communique said on the recommendations of the chief minister, Governor K Rosaiah has approved induction of Mr S P Shunmuganathan, who represents Srivaikuntam Assembly constituency, and Mr S Abdul Rahim (Avadi Assembly constituency), a new face into the ministry.
While Mr Shunmuganathan has been given tourism ministry, Mr Rahim gets backward classes and minorities welfare, the communique said.
On the recommendations by the chief minister, changes in portfolios of some ministers has been effected. The portfolio of labour, population, employment and training, newsprint control, census and urban and rural employment have been allocated to Mr K T Pachamal and he redesignated as minister for labour.
The portfolio of Hindu religious and charitable endowments has been given to Mr P Chendur Pandian and he has been designated as minister for H R and C E. The portfolio of forest has been allocated to Mr M S M Anandan, it said.
The new ministers will be sworn-in tomorrow, the communique said.