Newly-appointed Deputy Prime Minister and Minister have taken oath of office and secrecy before President Vidyadevi Bhandari at a ceremony held at Rashtrapati Bhawan, Sheetal Niwas. In the current government formed on April 13 under the leadership of Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli, the Janata Samajwadi Party Nepal today appointed the Deputy Prime Minister and most of the newcomers in the existing cabinet as per the constitution of Nepal.
The newly-appointed Deputy Prime Ministers include Bishnu Prasad Poudel of the Ministry of Finance, Raghuvir Mahaseth of Foreign Affairs and Rajendra Mahato of Urban Development. Eight ministers from JSP and four from UML have been retained while two ministers of state have been appointed from JSP. The newly appointed Minister of State took oath of office and secrecy before Prime Minister Oli in the presence of President Bhandari.
The newly appointed ministers are Sharat Singh Bhandari – Energy, Water Resources and Irrigation, Sher Bahadur Tamang – Health and Population, Anil Kumar Jha – Drinking Water, Laxman Lal Karna – Land Management, Cooperatives and Poverty Alleviation, Vimal Srivastava – Labor, Employment and Social Security, Umashankar Aragaria – Culture, Tourism And Civil Aviation, Chanda Chaudhary – Women, Children and Senior Citizens and Ekwal Miah – Youth and Sports.
Chandrakant Chaudhary has been appointed Minister of State for Energy and Renuka Gurung has been appointed Minister for Women. At present, Prime Minister Oli is in charge of the Ministries of Home, Defense, Industry, Commerce and Supplies, Agriculture and Livestock Development, Forest and Environment, Federal Affairs and General Administration, and Communications and Technology.
Former UML ministers include Finance Minister Poudel, Education, Science and Technology Minister Krishna Gopal Shrestha, Physical Infrastructure and Transport Minister Basant Kumar Nemwang and Law, Justice and Parliamentary Affairs Minister Lilanath Shrestha.
Meanwhile, newly appointed Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister Poudel was reinstated today. Similarly, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Foreign Affairs Mahaseth has also been reinstated in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs today. He was welcomed at the ministry by Foreign Secretary Bharatraj Poudyal and other staff.