West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has announced a significant reshuffle of her Cabinet, coinciding with her upcoming 12-day international tour to Spain and Dubai, where she aims to attract foreign investment to the state. One of the notable changes involves the relocation of Minister Babul Supriyo from the tourism department to the information technology & electronics sector and the department of non-conventional and renewable energy sources.
Addressing reporters at the state secretariat, Banerjee stated, “There has been a rejig in the ministry. The governor gave his nod last night.”
This Cabinet reshuffle comes after the last such overhaul in August 2022, which followed the arrest of Partha Chatterjee, the then-minister and Trinamool Congress’ state secretary general, by the Enforcement Directorate in July of that year.
Replacing Babul Supriyo, another notable singer-politician, Indranil Sen, who previously served as the minister of state for the technical education, training, and skill development department, will now lead the tourism department.
Jyotipriya Mallick, the state forest minister, has been assigned the additional responsibility of overseeing the industrial reconstruction and the department of public enterprise.
Furthermore, Pradip Mazumdar, the state panchayat minister, has been given added responsibilities for the cooperative department, while another minister, Arup Roy, has been assigned to oversee the department of food processing and the horticulture department.
These changes indicate the state government’s strategic approach to governance and administration, as Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee gears up for her foreign tour, aiming to showcase West Bengal’s investment opportunities on the global stage.
Sources By Agencies