New Delhi:  Chief Minister Shiela Dikshit on Monday effected a reshuffle of portfolios in her ministry, divesting senior Minister A K Walia of key departments of Urban Development and Revenue.

Arvinder Singh Lovely has been relieved of Education and Transport departments and will take charge of Urban Development and Revenue ministries, sources said.

He has also been given the charge of Directorate of Local Bodies, another crucial department which oversees the functioning of the three newly created municipal bodies.

A K Walia will, however, continue to hold charge of Health and Flood and Irrigation departments. He has also been given charge of Labour and Higher Education.

Women and Child Welfare Minister Kiran Walia, considered close to Dikshit, has been given additional charge of Education department, the sources said.

Ramakant Goswami, another Dikshit loyalist, has been given Transport department but the Industry and Labour departments have been taken away from him.

Food and Civil Supplies Minister Harun Yusuf has been given the Industry's department.

PWD Raj Kumar Chouhan has been given additional charge of Development department which was earlier with Yusuf.

Dikshit has six ministers in her cabinet. Sources close to Dikshit said the change in portfolios has been effected to infuse fresh energy into the working of the government ahead of next year's assembly elections.

The last reshuffle had taken place in February 2011, when Dikshit brought Goswami into the Cabinet while dropping Mangat Ram Singhal.

Dikshit continues to retain key portfolios including Finance.

The communication on the allocation of new portfolios of the ministers has been sent to the Lieutenant Governor's Tejinder Khanna's office, the sources said.


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