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Sikkim CM reshuffles cabinet, Sharma gets Culture Dept

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GANGTOK, Aug 7 (PTI): Sikkim chief minister Prem Singh Tamang made a reshuffle in his cabinet on Monday, and allocated the culture and printing & stationary departments to Rhenock MLA Bishnu Kumar Sharma.

Sharma was sworn in as a minister on August 4.

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Samdup Lepcha, who holds the roads & bridges department was given the additional charge of the sports & youth affairs department, according to a notification.

Tourism and civil aviation minister BS Panth was given the additional charge of the information technology department.

He also holds commerce and industries, and information & public relations portfolios.

Education minister Kunga Nima Lepcha was given the additional charge of the health & family welfare department. Lepcha, the senior-most minister in this government, also holds law, parliamentary affairs, land revenue and disaster management departments.

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The chief minister retained home, finance, planning & development, and excise departments.

Among others, Sonam Lama retained rural development, cooperation and ecclesiastical departments, while Lok Nath Sharma retained agriculture, horticulture, animal husbandry & veterinary services and labour departments.

Mingma Norbu Sherpa retained the power and transport departments, and Karma Loday Bhutia will continue to hold the charges of the forest & environment, mines & geology and science & technology departments.

Bhim Hang Limboo kept the Public Health Engineering, Water Resources and Skill Development departments. Sanjit Kharel retained buildings & housing, social justice and welfare, and women and child development departments.

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LB Das will continue with the charges of the urban development and food & civil supplies departments.

The newly-allotted portfolios were with the chief minister, officials said.

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