One full minister and state minister are set to be sworn in today at Bangabahban presidential palace at about 7.30 pm, a spokesman said.
“All necessary preparations have been completed to hold the swearing-in of new cabinet members at the Darbar Hall,” President’s Press Secretary Joynal Abedin told the media.Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has expanded her cabinet for the second time after assuming office for the third consecutive term this year.
Sources in the government said the premier made the changes to bring more dynamism in some ministries.
According to the Cabinet Division, State Minister for Expatriate Welfare and Overseas Employment Imran Ahmed will be sworn in as a full minister while Awami League Women Affairs Secretary Fazilatunnesa Indira as a state minister.
Imran, a six-time lawmaker from Sylhet-4 constituency, who is a state minister for the Expatriates’ Welfare and Overseas Employment Ministry, is being made a minister for the same ministry.
Indira, also a former general secretary of Mahila Awami League, is a lawmaker from a reserve seat for women for a second term.
Earlier on Thursday, Cabinet Secretary Shafiul Alam confirmed the news while briefing reporters at the Secretariat.The premier first recast her cabinet on May 19 by bringing changes in the portfolios of some ministers.
Tajul Islam was in charge of the ministry of Local Government and Rural Development and Co-operatives.
Now he has been appointed to oversee the Local Government Division only.
Shwapan Bhattacharjee, state minister for Local Government and Rural Development and Co-operatives, has been asked to serve the Rural Development and Co-operatives Division.
Mustafa Jabbar, in charge of Posts, Telecommunications and Information Technology, has been asked to oversee the Ministry of Posts and Telecommunications only.
State Minister Zunaid Ahmed Palak has got the responsibility to run the ministry of Information and Communication Technology.
Murad Hasan, state minister for the ministry of Health and Family Welfare, has been appointed to carry out the responsibility of the ministry of information.
Sheikh Hasina took oath on January 7 as the Prime Minister and formed the government for the fourth time with a 47-member cabinet.
This is for the first time that the Awami League-led 14-party alliance have kept some heavyweight political figures including Amir Hossain Amu, Tofail Ahmed, Matia Chowdhury, Mohammad Nasim, Rashed Khan Menon and Hasanul Huq Inu out of the cabinet.
The council of ministers comprises 24 ministers, 19 state ministers and three deputy ministers.
Awami League has got the responsibility of running the state after winning the December 30 general election with a landslide victory over BNP-dominated Jatiya Oikya Front.
Sheikh Hasina is going to make a history of running the state for 20 years as the premier if she completes the new term.
None of the state actors, who ruled the country in the past, got the opportunity to govern the country for fourth term.