Dhaka, Bangladesh
Public Works minister Rezaul moves to Fisheries

Public Works minister Rezaul moves to Fisheries

Cabinet reshuffle brings changes in 3 portfolios

News Report: Housing and Public Works Minister SM Rezaul Karim was moved to Fisheries and Livestock Ministry in a minor cabinet reshuffle announced Thursday---at a time when his ministry was dealing with some major scams. Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina reshuffled her cabinet for a second time in little over a year of forming the government for a third consecutive term and fourth in total. The prime minister recently launched an anti-graft crackdown in which a number of cases of irregularities that had occurred over time came out. Some major matters involving public-works contracts, projects and buildings led to arrests and cases. In the shakeup, a junior minister, Sharif Ahmed, who was State Minister for Social Welfare, has been assigned to Housing and Public Works Ministry in the same rank. Ashraf Ali Khan Khasru, State Minister for Fisheries and Livestock, has been transferred to the Social Welfare Ministry. The Cabinet Division issued a notification to this effect. There had been speculations and reports for some time about a cabinet reshuffle in which fortune might smile on some stalwarts from the ruling Awami League and its 14-party alliance. Sheikh Hasina, this time around, after the December 30, 2018 polls, formed her council of ministers mostly with green horns, dropping out seniors who were in the previous cabinet. In the first reshuffle since the cabinet formation on January 7, 2019, two ministers and three state ministers were given changed assignments last May. Posts, Telecommunica-tions and Information Technology Minister Mustafa Jabbar was made minister for Posts and Telecommunications while State Minister for Information and Communications Technology Division Zunaid Ahmed Palak got the responsibility of Information Technology Division as state minister. State Minister for Health and Family Welfare Murad Hassan was transferred to Information Ministry. Local Government, Rural Development and Cooperatives Minister Tajul Islam was given the charge of the Local Government Division only while State Minister for Local Government, Rural Development and Cooperatives Shawpan Bhattacharjee made State Minister for Rural Development and Cooperatives Division.

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