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Jayalalitha to head 34-member government

IANS | Last Modified - May 16, 2011, 12:58 PM IST

Jayalalitha to head 34-member government
  • Jayalalitha to head 34-member government
    Jayalalitha to head 34-member government

    Chennai: AIADMK chief J Jayalalithaa will head a 34-member ministry after taking over as the chief minister of Tamil Nadu, an official statement said late on Sunday.

    Governor SS Barnala Sunday approved the allocation of portfolios as recommended by the chief minister-designate.

    At least 25 members of the cabinet are new faces.

    Compared to the outgoing DMK government, the AIADMK government will have four ministers more.

    Jayalalithaa will hold the home, police, general administration and prevention of corruption departments, among others.

    Former chief minister O Pannerselvam has been allotted the finance portfolio while another senior leader, KA Sengottaiyan, gets agriculture.

    Natham R Viswanathan will look after power, prohibition and excise.

    Apart from Jayalalithaa, the AIADMK government will have two women ministers -- S. Gokula Indira (commercial taxes and registration) and Selvi Ramajayam (social welfare).

    The following are other ministers and their portfolios

    C Shanmugavelu - industries
    SS Krishnamoorthy - food
    C Karuppasamy - animal husbandry
    KP Munisamy - municipal administration, rural development
    R Vaithilingam - housing and urban development
    Sellur K Raju - cooperation
    P Palaniappan - higher education
    KT Pachamal - forests
    Edappadi K Palanisamy - highways and minor ports
    C Ve Shanmugam - school education
    SP Velumani - special programme implementation
    TKM Chinnayya - backward classes
    MC Sampath - rural industries
    G Senthamizhan - information
    KV Ramalingam - public works
    SP Shanmuganathan - hindu religious and charitable endowments
    P Thangamani - revenue
    BV Ramanaa - handlooms and textiles
    RB Udhayakumar - information and technology
    N Subramanian - adi dravidar and tribal welfare
    V Senthil Balaji - transport
    N Mariyam Pichai - environment
    KA Jayapal - fisheries
    E Subaya - law, courts and prisons
    Budhichandhiran - tourism
    ST Chellapandian - labour
    VS Vijay - health
    NR Sivapathi - Sports and Youth Welfare

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