Chennai: DMK president MK Stalin took oath as Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu along with 33 ministers today. The swearing-in ceremony was held at Raj Bhavan in Chennai. The oath of office was administered by Tamil Nadu Governor Banwarilal Purohit. Also Read - Mamata Moves Calcutta HC Challenging Nandigram Poll Loss Against Suvendu, Hearing Today
Now, Stalin will hold several portfolios including Home, General Administration, Special Initiatives, Special Programme Implementation, and Welfare of Differently-Abled Persons. Also Read - Tamil Nadu Lockdown: State Eases Curbs, Allows Liquor Shops to Open Till 5 PM in 27 Districts
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Along with him, 33 other ministers also took oath. In his new cabinet, there are 33 members with senior leaders like Duraimurugan and 15 shall be ministers for the first time. Stalin’s list of ministers along with their portfolios has been approved by Governor Banwarilal Purohit.
Earlier, Stalin said the names of certain departments have been rechristened. It includes agriculture department which shall now be agriculture and farmers welfare.
Here is MK Stalin’s list of ministers and their portfolios:
|1||MK Stalin||Chief Minister, General administration, Indian Administrative Service, Indian Police Service, other All-India Service, District revenue officers, Police, Home, Special initiatives, Special programme implementation, Welfare of differently abled persons|
|2||Duraimurugan||Minister for water resources, irrigation projects including small irrigation; Legislative Assembly; Governor and Ministry; Elections and Passports; Minerals and Mines|
|3||KN Nehru||Minister for municipal administration, urban and water supply|
|4||I Periyasamy||Minister for Co-operation, Statistics and Ex-Servicemen welfare|
|5||K Ponmudi||Minister for higher education including technical education; Electronics, Science and Technology|
|6||EV Velu||Minister for Public Works (Buildings, Highways and Minor Ports)|
|7||MRK Panneerselvam||Minister for Agriculture and Farmer’s Welfare, Agricultural Engineering, Agro Service Co-operatives, Horticulture, Sugarcane Excise, Sugarcane Development and Wasteland Development|
|8||KKSSR Ramachandran||Minister for Revenue and Disaster Management Revenue, District Revenue Establishment, Deputy Collectors, Disaster Management|
|9||Thangam Thennarasu||Minister for Industries, Tamil Official Language and Tamil Culture, Archaeology.|
|10||S Reghupathy||Minister for Law, Courts, Prisons and Prevention of Corruption|
|11||S Muthusamy||Minister for Housing and Urban Development, Rural Housing, Town Planning projects and Housing Development, Accommodation Control, Town Planning, Urban Development and Chennai Metropolitan Development Authority.|
|12||KR Periakaruppan||Minister for Rural Development, Panchayats and Panchayat Unions, Poverty Alleviation Programmes, Rural Indebtedness.|
|13||TM||Minister for Rural Industries including Anbarasan Rural industries, cottage industries, small industries, Slum Clearance Board|
|14||MP Saminathan||Minister for Information & Publicity, Film Technology and Cinematograph Act, Newsprint Control, Stationery and Printing, Government Press|
|15||P Geetha Jeevan||Minister for Social Welfare & Women Empowerment, Women and Children Welfare including Social Welfare, Orphanages and Correctional Administration, Integrated Child Development Scheme and Beggar Homes and Social Reforms and Nutritious Meal Programme|
|16||Anitha R Radhakrishnan||Minister for Fisheries -Fishermen Welfare and Animal Husbandry Fisheries and Fisheries Development Corporation and Animal Husbandry|
|17||SR Rajakannappan||Minister for Transport, Nationalised Transport and Motor Vehicles Act|
|18||K Ramachandran||Minister for Forests|
|19||R Sakkarapani||Minister for Food and Civil Supplies Food and Civil Supplies, Consumer Protection and Price Control|
|20||R Gandhi||Minister for Handlooms and Textiles Handlooms and Textiles, Khadi and Village Industries Board, Boodhan and Gramadhan.|
|21||MA Subramanian||Minister for Medical and Family Welfare Health, Medical Education and Family Welfare|
|22||P Moorthy||Minister for Commercial Taxes and Registration Commercial Taxes, Registration and Stamp Act, Weights and Measures, Debt Relief including legislation on Money lending, Chits and Registration of Companies|
|23||SS Sivasankar||Minister for Backward Classes Welfare, Most Backward Classes Welfare and De-notified Communities Welfare|
|24||PK Sekarbabu||Minister for Hindu Religious and Charitable Endowments Hindu Religious and Charitable Endowments|
|25||Palanivel Thiagarajan||Minister for Finance and Human Resources Management Finance, Planning, Personnel and Administrative Reforms, Pensions and Pension allowances|
|26||SM Nasar||Minister for Milk & Dairy Development|
|27||Gingee KS Masthan||Minister for Minorities Welfare and Non-Resident Tamils Welfare Refugees & Evacuees and Wakf Board|
|28||Anbil Mahesh Poyyamozhi||Minister for School Education|
|29||Siva V Meyyanathan||Minister for Environment and Climate Change, Youth Welfare and Sports Development|
|30||CV Ganesan||Minister for Labour Welfare and Skill Development Labour Welfare, Population, Employment and Training, Census, Urban and Rural Employment|
|31||T Mano Thangaraj||Minister for Information Technology|
|32||M Mathiventhan||Minister for Tourism and Tourism Development Corporation|
|33||N Kayalvizhi Selvaraj||Minister for Adi Dravidar Welfare, Hill Tribes and Bonded Labour Welfare|
|34||V Senthilbalaji||Minister for Electricity, Non Electricity, Prohibition & Excise Conventional Energy Development, Prohibition and Excise, Molasses|
Party veteran and general secretary Duraimurugan, who had held portfolios like Public Works during the previous DMK rule (2006-11), would be Minister for Water Resources in charge of irrigation projects and others including mines and minerals. Duraimurugan is among 18 former Ministers who have been inducted in the Cabinet.
Former Chennai Mayor Ma Subramanian and party’s north Chennai strongman, P K Sekarbabu are among the 15 who would be first time Ministers.
Subramanian and Sekarbabu have been allocated the departments of Health and Family Welfare and Hindu Religious and Charitable Endowments respectively.
Palanivel Thiagarajan, a former investment banker, has been allocated Finance and Anbil Mahesh Poyyamozhi School Education department.
Thiagarajan and Poyyamozhi would be ministers for first time and belong to prominent families that spearheaded the Dravidian movement in Tamil Nadu and also worked for the DMK for long.
The cabinet has two women ministers, P Geetha Jeevan, a former minister, who has been given social welfare and women empowerment and N Kayalvizhi Selvaraj who has been designated Minister for Adi Dravidar Welfare.
Selvaraj, who will be a first time minister, had trounced BJP Tamil Nadu unit chief L Murugan from Dharapuram constituency.