Newly-appointed Ministers sworn-in

Kathmandu, Aug 26: President Bidya Devi Bhandari has administered oath of office and secrecy to 13 newly-appointed ministers from Nepali Congress. 

President Bhandari administered the oath of office to the ministers amidst a special ceremony organized at the President's Office, Sheetal Niwas, this morning on the presence of Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal.

The Ministers sworn-in today are Arjun Narsingh KC, Dr Prakash Sharan Mahat, Balkrishna Khand, Keshab Kumar Budhathoki, Gagan Kumar Thapa, Shanker Bhandari, Sita Devi Yadav, Hridaya Ram Thani, Romi Gauchan Thakali, Deepak Giri, Nabindra Raj Joshi, Jeevan Bahadur Shahi and Surya Man Gurung.

Earlier, Bimalendra Nidhi and Ramesh Lekhak were already inducted to the government as Deputy Prime Minister and Home Minister, and Minister for Physical Infrastructure, respectively on behalf of NC.

On the occasion, NC President Sher Bahadur Deuba and senior leader Ram Chandra Poudel, among others, were present.

Other distinguished personalities were also present in the swearing-in ceremony.

The portfolio of the newly appointed ministers from the Nepali Congress is as follows: 

Sita Devi Yadav (Peace and Reconstruction), Dr Prakash Sharan Mahat (Foreign Affairs), Arjun Narsingh KC (Urban Development), Bal Krishna Khand (Defense), Suryaman Gurung (Labour and Employment), Jivan Bahadur Shahi (Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation), Gagan Kumar Thapa (Health and Population), Keshav Kumar Budhathoki (General Administration), Deepak Giri (Irrigation), Romi Gauchan Thakali (Commerce), Nabindra Raj Joshi (Industry), Hridayaram Thani (Cooperative and Poverty Alleviation) and Shanker Bhandari (Forest and Soil Conservation).

Yadav who is the elected treasurer of the Nepali Congress has been appointed the minister for the first time. She is the only woman minister from the party. Similarly, party central member Shahi, Thapa, Giri, Joshi, Thani and Bhandari are also the new faces to be appointed the ministers. 

KC, Mahat, Khand, Gurung and Budhathoki have already held ministerial post before this. The NC currently holds 15 ministerial posts in the present government.

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