press trust of india
Ranchi, 4 August
Jharkhand Chief Minister Hemant Soren today inducted six ministers in his Cabinet.
Governor Syed Ahmed administered the oath to all the six newly-inducted ministers simultaneously at Raj Bhavan.
The newly inducted ministers are Mr Champai Soren, Mr Simon Marandi, Hazi Hussan Ansari, Mr Jaiprakash Bhai Patel (all belonging to the JMM), Mr Suresh Paswan (the RJD) and Ms Geetashree Oraon (the Congress).
With today’s expansion, the chief minister now has nine ministers in his
council.
He retained the departments of Home affairs, Law and Justice besides others, such as Road, Planning & Development, Information & Public Relations, Personnel, and Administrative Reforms.
As per the constitutional provision he can have a maximum of 12 ministers including himself.
The Hemant Soren-led UPA government (the JMM, the Congress, the RJD and some smaller parties and Independents) had taken oath on 13 July after staking claim for government formation on 9 July.
Speaking to the media later, Mr Hemant Soren said his government was moving in the right direction by taking one step at a time.
“And very soon the state will pick up rapidity on the path of development,” he said.
Mr Soren said he would soon expand his Cabinet for a second time, adding his government’s aim was to step up development after finishing all formalities vis-a-vis completion of inducting three more ministers to take his Cabinet’s final strength to twelve.