James gets Health; Prestone to deal with mess in Power sector

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Deputy Chief Minister Prestone Tynsong is stripped of Health and Family welfare as well as Food, Civil Supplies & Consumers Affairs portfolios.

During COVID 19 pandemic, the Department of Health and Family welfare has gained much prominence.

Meghalaya Chief Minister, Conrad K Sangma on Saturday has reallocated new portfolios to four cabinet’s minister.

Tynsong is now given the charge of Power, Housing, Parliamentary Affairs, and Public Works Department (Roads) Departments.

It may be mentioned that the Power department has been in controversy be it for CMD issue or alleged irregularities. The opposition Congress as well as various political parties have questioned about the irregularities in the Power department, following which a judicial inquiry is being set up by the Government.

Meanwhile, Cabinet Minister James PK Sangma has become the new Health Minister of Meghalaya.

The Chief Minister reallocated portfolios soon after the Assembly session.

James K. Sangma will now look after Health & Family Welfare, Food, Civil Supplies & Consumers Affairs, Forests Environment, Information & Public Relations, Law, Taxation, Registration & Stamps Departments.

Sources close to the Government said, “With several key departments being allocated James Sangma is gaining prominence in the cabinet, while Deputy Chief Minister is stripped of important portfolios.”

Sniawbhalang Dhar was given charge of Tourism, Commerce & Industries, Urban Affairs, Minister Municipal Administration, General Administration and Fisheries Departments

According to notification Mawhati MLA Dasakhiatbha Lamare was given charge of Transport, Public Works (Buildings) Departments.