Punjab Cabinet Ministers (16 March 2017) : Captain Amarinder Singh of Congress has taken oath as the new CM of Punjab. The governor of Punjab, V.P. Singh Badnore, administered the oath of office to the new chief minister and 9 other ministers in the new cabinet of Punjab govt at a ceremony held at Raj Bhawan, Chandigarh.
In the list of 9 ministers, there are 7 cabinet ministers and 2 state ministers with independent charge of their departments. The cabinet ministers are selected in such a manner that proper representation is given to all sections based upon region, religion, caste, seniority of leader and merit to handle a particular department.
The Punjab cabinet can have maximum 18 ministers including CM, so Capt. Amarinder Singh can include upto 8 more ministers when feels necessary.
Here is the official list of new ministers along with the departments assigned to them:
Punjab Cabinet Ministers 2017
Maximum Number of Ministers In Punjab
|Capt. Amarinder Singh|
- Home Affairs
- General Administration
- Departments not assigned to other ministers
|Brahm Mohindra||Health and Family Welfare|
Medical Education and Research
|Navjot Singh Sidhu||Local Government|
Tourism, Cultural Affairs, Archives and Museums
|Manpreet Singh Badal||Finance and Planning|
Employment Generation and Training
|Sadhu Singh Dharmsot||Forests and Wild Life|
Printing and Stationary
Welfare of SCs and BCs
|Tript Rajinder Singh Bajwa||Rural Development and Panchayats|
Water Supply and Sanitation
|Rana Gurjit Singh||Irrigation|
|Charanjit Singh Channi||Technical Education and Industrial Training Institutes||Chamkaur Sahib (SC)|
|Aruna Chaudhary||Higher Education and Research|
|Dina Nagar (SC)|
|Razia Sultana||Public Works Department (B & R)|
Social Security and Development of Women and Children
What is the maximum number of ministers that Punjab cabinet can have? As per the rules, the maximum number of cabinet ministers in a state can be upto 15% of the number of MLAs
. This number also includes the chief minister and deputy chief minister. There are total 117 MLAs in Punjab assembly, so the maximum number of cabinet ministers can be 18 (117 x 15 / 100 = 17.55).
Health Minister of Punjab
Brahm Mohindra, a senior leader of Congress party and MLA from Patiala Rural, is the new Health Minister of Punjab. He is also the minister of Medical Education & Research department.
Lets see how he performs as the new health minister of Punjab and how he contributes in improving the medical facilities in the state and works as a savior of health of Punjabis.
List of Cabinet Ministers of Punjab
There are total 117 members of Punjab Vidhan Sabha which are elected by the people through voting after every five years. Out of these MLAs, chief minister chooses the cabinet ministers and assign them various departments/ministries.
The names of all the ministers in the previous cabinet of Parkash Singh Badal govt from 2012-2017 and the departments under them is given below.
- S. Parkash Singh Badal - He is the chief minister of Punjab. He belongs to SAD and was elected as MLA from Lambi vidhan sabha seat in Muktsar district. He has following departments under him:
- Civil Aviation
- Science Technology and Environment
- General Administration
- S. Sukhbir Singh Badal - He is the duputy chief minister of Punjab and son of chief minister S. Parkash Singh Badal. He belongs to SAD and was elected as MLA from Jalalabad vidhan sabha seat in Fazilka district. The most important departments in his portfolio is Home ministry, which is resposible for internal security of the state and Punjab Police comes under this ministry. He has following departments in his portfolio:
- Excise and Taxation
- Investment Promotion
- Governance Reforms
- Housing and Urban Development
- Sports and Youth Services Welfare
- S. Adaish Partap Singh Kairon - He is the son-in-law of chief minister S. Parkash Singh Badal. He belongs to SAD and was elected as MLA from Patti vidhan sabha seat in Tarn Taran district. The most important departments in his portfolio is Food, Civil Supplies and Consumer Affairs ministry. Other departments headed by him, are:
- Food, Civil Supplies and Consumer Affairs
- Information and Technology
- Food Processing
- Bhagat Chunni Lal - He is a senior BJP leader and represents the Jalandhar West vidhan sabha seat of Jalandhar district as MLA. The most important departments in his portfolio is Labour ministry. Other departments headed by him, are:
- Forests and Wild Life
- S. Ajit Singh Kohar - He is a SAD leader and represents Shahkot vidhan sabha seat of Jalandhar district as MLA. He is the Transport Minister of Punjab. Other departments headed by him, are:
- Employment Generation and Training
- Legal and Legislative Affairs
- Dr. Daljit Singh Cheema - He is the education minister of Punjab. He is a senior SAD leader and is MLA from Rup Nagar vidhan sabha seat in Rup Nagar district.
- S. Sharanjit Singh Dhillon - He is irrigation minister of Punjab. He is a senior SAD leader and is MLA from Sahnewal vidhan sabha seat in Ludhiana district.
- Sh. Anil Joshi - Anil Joshi belongs to BJP and is MLA from Amritsar North constituency in Amritsar district. He is the minister for following departments:
- Local Government
- Medical Education and Research
- S. Surjit Singh Rakhra - He belongs to SAD and is MLA from Samana constituency in Patiala district. He is the minister for following departments:
- Water Supply and Sanitation
- Higher Education and Research
- S. Bikram Singh Majithia - He is a SAD leader and also brother-in-law of deputy chief minister S. Sukhbir Singh Badal. He is MLA from Majitha constituency in Amritsar district. The most important department in his portfolio is Revenue. He also heads the following departments:
- Revenue, Rehabilitation and Disaster Management
- Information and Public Relations
- Non Conventional Energy
- S. Sikander Singh Maluka - He is a senior leader of SAD and is MLA from Rampura Phul constituency in Bathinda district. He is the minister of following departments:
- Rural Development and Panchayats
- S. Tota Singh - He is a senior leader of SAD and is MLA from Dharamkot constituency in Moga district. He is the current agriculture minister of Punjab and also the minister of NRI Affairs department.
- Surjit Kumar Jiyani - He is a senior leader of BJP and is MLA from Fazilka vidhan sabha constituency in Fazilka district. He is the cabinet minister for following departments:
- Health and Family Welfare
- Social Security and Development of Women and Children
- S. Sohan Singh Thandal - He belongs to SAD and is MLA from Chabbewal vidhan sabha constituency in Hoshiarpur district. He is the cabinet minister for following departments:
- Tourism, Cultural Affairs, Archives and Museums
- Printing and Stationary
- S. Parminder Singh Dhindsa - He is a SAD leader and is MLA from Sunam vidhan sabha seat in Sangrur district. He is finance minister of Punjab. He is the cabinet minister for following departments:
- Finance and Planning
- Institutional Finance and Banking
- Programme Implementation
- Sh. Madan Mohan Mittal - He is a senior leader belonging to BJP and is MLA from Anandpur Sahib vidhan sabha seat in Ropar district. He is minister of Industries and Commerce. He is the cabinet minister for following departments:
- Industries and Commerce
- Technical Education and Industrial Training Institutes
- Parliamentary Affairs
- S. Gulzar Singh Ranike - He is a senior leader belonging to SAD and is MLA from Attari assembly seat in Amritsar district. He is the cabinet minister for following departments:
- Animal Husbandry and Fisheries
- Dairy Development
- Welfare of SCs and BCs
- S. Janmeja Singh Sekhon - He is a senior leader belonging to SAD and is MLA from Maur assembly seat in Bathinda district. He is the cabinet minister for following departments:
- Public Works Department (B & R)
- Defence Services Welfare
- Removal of Grievances and Welfare of Pensioners