As former speaker LB Das was sworn in as a minister on August 25, Sikkim Ministers have undergone portfolio reshuffling. On September 1, Sikkim Government’s Home Department issued the orders of Governor Ganga Prasad.
LB Das was given the ministerial position with portfolios of Urban Development Department and Food and Civil Supplies Department. The two departments were previously looked after by the new Speaker Arun Upreti.
Chief Minister Prem Singh Golay relinquishes two ministries – Skill Development Department to Bhim Hang Limboo and Information and Technology Department to Mani Kumar Sharma. BH Limboo holds additional ministries of Public Health Engineering, Water Resources Department.
Health Minister MK Sharma got the IT Department but had to relinquish the Social Welfare and Women and Child Development Department to Sanjit Kharel.
Sanjit Kharel who holds the Building and Housing Department had to relinquish the Transport Department to Mingma Norbu Sherpa. Sherpa who serves as Power Department Minister had to relinquish the Labour Department to Lok Nath Sharma. LN Sharma also holds ministries of Agriculture, Horticulture, Animal Husbandry and Veterinary Services Department.
Similarly, Lok Nath Sharma was previously minister for the IPR Department, now Tourism minister Bedu Singh Panth will look after the Information and Public Relations Department along with Printing and Stationery Department. Panth also holds the portfolios of the Commerce and Industries Department.
Two Ministers to not go under any change were Samdup Lepcha who is the Minister for Roads and Bridges and Culture Department and Karma Loday Bhutia who holds the portfolios of Forest and Environment, Mines and Geology and Science and Technology departments.
Chief Minister Prem Singh Golay holds portfolios of Home, Finance, Planning and Development, Excise and other departments not allotted to other ministers.