Yadav removed Minister of State for Entertainment Tax Taj Narain Pandey, an official statement said. Portfolios of nine Cabinet Ministers and two Ministers of state were also changed. Crime against women: CM asks cops to take prompt action (Agencies)
Balram Yadav who previously held Panchayti Raj has been given the Jail Administration, which was earlier with Rajendra Chaudhary.
Chaudhary has been given the portfolio of Political Pensions, the release said.
Senior Minister Ram Govind Chaudhary was divested of Child Nutrition. He will now only have Basic Education department with him.
Brahmashankar Tripathi has been divested of Vocational Education and Skill Development departments and has been left with only the responsibility of Home Guards department, the release said.
The departments of Khadi and Gramodyog have been taken from Kailash and given to Sports and Youth Welfare Minister Narad Rai.
Kailash has been given the portfolio of Panchayti Raj while Agriculture minister Manoj Pandey has been given Science and Technology.
Iqbal Mahmood has been made the Minister for Fisheries and Public Enterprises divesting him of the Secondary Education department, which will be now be with previous Fisheries Minister Mehboob Ali.
Minister of State (Independent) for non-conventional energy Vijay Kumar Misra has been given Religious Endowment department while Minister of State for Science and Technology Abhishek Misra has been given Vocational Education.
In the wake of increasing incidents of crime against women in Uttar Pradesh, Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav directed police to take stern action in such cases in "minimum response time".
"Police should take effective action in cases of crime against women in minimum response time," an official statement quoting the Chief Minister said.
Yadav, who was holding a review meeting of law and order in state, also asked the officials to effectively pursue pending court cases of crime against women so that the guilty can be punished.
Issuing an order that only senior police officers would brief media on cases pertaining to law and order, Yadav asked leaders of ruling Samajwadi Party to abstain from commenting on such cases.
The Chief Minister also warned officials that strict disciplinary action will be taken against them if laxity in duty is reported.
Yadav removed Minister of State for Entertainment Tax Taj Narain Pandey, an official statement said. Portfolios of nine Cabinet Ministers and two Ministers of state were also changed.
Crime against women: CM asks cops to take prompt action