Cabinet likely to be expanded Saturday

Staff Correpondent | Published: 16:07, Jul 11,2019 | Updated: 00:00, Jul 12,2019


Prime minister Sheikh Hasina is going to expand the 46-member cabinet tomorrow (Saturday) by inducting a new face as state minister while the status of a state minister is likely to be upgraded as minister.

‘Their oath might be administered on Saturday 7:30pm at the Bangabhaban,’ said cabinet secretary Mohammad Shafiul Alam responding to a question at a press briefing over the DCs’ conference at the secretariat on Thursday. 

Without elaborating, he said that it had already been reported in the media about who were going to take oath. ‘Who is going to take oath of office has exactly been reported in the media,’ he said. 

Ruling Awami League’s women affairs secretary Fazilatun Nesa Indira is likely to take oath as state minister and the status of state minister for expatriates’ welfare and overseas employment Imran Ahmad may be upgraded as minister, according to officials concerned.

It will be for the second time the cabinet will have changes since prime minister Sheikh Hasina formed the government on January 7, 2019 for the third consecutive term.

There are currently 24 ministers, 19 state ministers and three deputy ministers in the cabinet.

Five months after taking office, the prime minister, in a move to reorganise her cabinet on May 19, curtailed the portfolios of two ministers and designated additional responsibilities to two state ministers who were working as deputies to the ministers at their respective ministries.

The portfolio of the state minister for health and family welfare was also changed at that time.

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