October 10, Kathmandu - The cabinet has been expanded in Lumbini. About two months after the formation of the government, Chief Minister Kul Prasad KC has completed the cabinet. KC has formed a 17-member jumbo cabinet. Ten people, including seven ministers and three ministers of province, were sworn in on Sunday after a split between the coalition parties in the union and the province. Province Chief Amik Sherchan administered the oath of office to the newly appointed minister.
From the Nepali Congress, Bir Bahadur Rana of Palpa has become the Minister of Energy, Water Resources and Irrigation, Surendra Bahadur Hamal of Banke has become the Minister of Forest Environment and Land Conservation and Basiuddin Khan of Rupandehi has become the Minister of Education, Science, Youth and Sports. Similarly, Arjun Kumar Shrestha of Dang and Rina Nepal BK of Kapilvastu has been sworn in as ministers of state from the Nepali Congress. Shrestha is the Minister of State for Energy, Water Resources and Irrigation and Rina is the Minister of State for Tourism, Rural and Urban Development.
Similarly, Tilak Ram Sharma of Bardiya has been made the Minister of Internal Affairs and Communications and Indrajit Tharu of Dang has been made the Minister of Health, Population and Family Welfare. From the Maoists, Bimala Kumari Wali Khatri of Dang has become the Minister of State for Health, Population and Family Welfare and Sushma Yadav of Kapilvastu has become the Minister of State for Agriculture, Food Technology and Land Management. Rama Gharti of Palpa has become the Minister for Law, Women, Children and Senior Citizens from the CPN-Unified Socialist Party.
A new government was formed in Lumbini on August 12 under the leadership of KC of the Maoist Center. The seven-member cabinet has been increased to 17 members with the participation of the UCPN (M), Congress, PSP and independent groups. Lumbini is the most jumbo cabinet in all the seven Province.