Chandigarh: Ten cabinet ministers were inducted in the Bhagwant Mann-led Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) government in Punjab on Saturday. Governor Banwarilal Purohit administered the oath of office and secrecy to them at a ceremony at the Raj Bhawan here.
Those who took oath as cabinet ministers are Harpal Singh Cheema (MLA from Dirba), Baljeet Kaur (Malout), Harbhajan Singh ETO (Jandiala), Vijay Singla (Mansa), Lal Chand Kataruchak (Bhoa), Gurmeet Singh Meet Hayer (Barnala), Kuldeep Singh Dhaliwal (Ajnala), Laljit Singh Bhullar (Patti), Brahm Shankar Jimpa (Hoshiarpur) and Harjot Singh Bains (Anandpur Sahib). Punjab Chief Secretary Anirudh Tewari conducted the proceedings of Swearing -in- ceremony.
Haryana Governor Bandaru Dattatraya, Punjab Chief Minister Mann and Punjab Assembly Pro tem Speaker Dr Inderbir Singh Nijjar were also present on the occasion.
Apart from these, several newly elected AAP MLAs, senior party leaders, workers and volunteers from Punjab and dignitaries from different walks of life also graced the occasion.
The function was also attended by the senior officers of State Civil and Police Administration besides family members, relatives and friends of the newly sworn in Cabinet Ministers.
Five of the new ministers are from Malwa region, four from Majha and one from Doaba. Two of the cabinet ministers are doctors, including lone woman minister Baljeet Kaur, while Harjot Singh Bains is the youngest minister in the Mann cabinet. Among the 10 cabinet ministers, only two — Cheema and Meet Hayer — are second-time legislators.