DMK chief Stalin takes oath as Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu

DMK president MK Stalin on Friday took oaths as the Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu at Raj Bhavan in Chennai.

“I, Muthuvel Karunanidhi Stalin..,” he said expanding his initials while taking oath on Friday.

At 69, Muthuvel Karunanidhi Stalin is the oldest first-time Chief Minister in the history of Tamil Nadu. Be that it may, he put the five decades of political experience to good use.

Along with him, 33 Cabinet colleagues were also sworn in by Governor Banwarilal Purohit.

Former Chief Minister O Panneerselvam, leaders from alliance parties including Congress’s P Chidambaram, MDMK chief Vaiko and top state officials took part in the ceremony. Stalin’s son Udhayanidhi and other notable members were present at the ceremony.

The swearing-in ceremony, which began at 9 am, had only around 250 invitees were permitted due to existing Covid restrictions. Of the invitees, each DMK MLA is given one entry pass while the ministers are given two passes.

Stalin is likely to reach the Secretariat after assuming charge as the Chief Minister and is expected that he will sign an important announcement.

Son of veteran politician M Karunanidhi, he was no stranger to politics growing up. Over the years, he has donned many roles in the State’s administrative machinery, with some of them being Deputy CM and the Opposition leader. It is also to be noted that it is Stalin’s seventh term as an MLA.

Here are the cabinet members and their portfolios:

  1. M K Stalin: Chief Minister Public, General Administration, Indian Administrative Service, Indian Police Service, Other All India Service, District Revenue Officers, Police, Home, Special Initiatives, Special Programme Implementation, Welfare of Differently abled persons.
  2. Duraimurugan: Minister for Water Resources Irrigation Projects including small Irrigation, Legislative Assembly, Governor and Ministry, Elections and Passports, Minerals and Mines.
  3. K N Nehru: Minister for Municipal Administration, Urban and Water Supply.
  4. I Periyasamy: Minister for Co-operation, Statistics and Ex-Servicemen Welfare.
  5. K Ponmudi: Minister for Higher Education including Higher Education Technical Education, Electronics, Science and Technology.
  6. E V Velu: Minister for Public Works (Buildings, Highways and Minor Ports).
  7. M R K Panneerselvam: Minister for Agriculture and Farmer’s Welfare Agriculture, Agricultural Engineering, Agro Service Co-operatives, Horticulture, Sugarcane Excise, Sugarcane Development and Waste Land Development.
  8. K K S S R Ramachandran: Minister for Revenue and Disaster Management Revenue, District Revenue Establishment, Deputy Collectors, Disaster Management.
  9. Thangam Thennarasu: Minister for Industries Industries, Tamil Official Language and Tamil Culture, Archeology.
  10. S Reghupathy: Minister for Law, Courts, Prisons and Prevention of Corruption.
  11. S Muthusamy: Minister for Housing and Urban Development Housing, Rural Housing, Town Planning projects and Housing Development, Accommodation Control, Town Planning, Urban Development and Chennai Metropolitan Development Authority.
  12. K R Periakaruppan: Minister for Rural Development, Panchayats and Panchayat Unions, Poverty Alleviation Programmes, Rural Indebtedness.
  13. T M Anbarasan: Minister for Rural Industries including cottage industries, small Industries, Slum Clearance Board.
  14. M P Saminathan: Minister for Information & Publicity Film Technology and Cinematograph Act, Newsprint Control, Stationery and Printing, Government Press.
  15. P. Geetha Jeevan: Minister for Social Welfare & Women Empowerment Women and Children Welfare including Social Welfare, Orphanages and Correctional Administration, Integrated Child Development Scheme and Beggar Homes and Social Reforms & Nutritious Meal Programme
  16. Anitha R Radhakrishnan: Minister for Fisheries, Fishermen Welfare and Animal Husbandry Fisheries and Fisheries Development Corporation and Animal Husbandry
  17. S R Rajakannappan: Minister for Transport, Nationalised Transport and Motor Vehicles Act.
  18. K Ramachandran: Minister for Forests
  19. R Sakkarapani: Minister for Food and Civil Supplies, Consumer Protection and Price Control.
  20. Senthil Balaji: Minister for Electricity, Prohibition & Excise Conventional Energy Development, Prohibition and Excise, Molasses.
  21. R Gandhi: Minister for Handlooms and Textiles, Khadi and Village Industries Board.
  22. Ma Subramanian: Minister for Medical and Family Welfare Health, Medical Education and Family Welfare.
  23. P Moorthy: Minister for Commercial Taxes and Registration Commercial Taxes, Registration and Stamp Act, Weights and Measures, Debt Relief including legislation on Money lending, Chits and Registration of Companies
  24. S S Sivasankar: Minister for Backward Classes Welfare, Most Backward Classes Welfare and Denotified Communities Welfare
  25. P K Sekarbabu: Minister for Hindu Religious and Charitable Endowments Hindu Religious and Charitable Endowments
  26. Palanivel Thiagarajan: Minister for Finance and Human Resources Management, Planning, Personnel and Administrative Reforms, Pensions and Pension allowances.
  27. S M Nasar: Minister for Milk & Dairy Development Milk and Dairy Development
  28. Gingee K S Masthan: Minister for Minorities Welfare and Non-Resident Tamils Welfare Minorities Welfare, Refugees & Evacuees and Wakf Board.
  29. Anbil Mahesh Poyyamozhi: Minister for School Education
  30. Siva V Meyyanathan: Minister for Environment – Climate Change and Youth Welfare and Sports Development Environment and Pollution Control, Youth Welfare and Sports Development
  31. C V Ganesan: Minister for Labour Welfare and Skill Development Labour Welfare, Population, Employment and Training, Census, Urban and Rural Employment
  32. T Mano Thangaraj: Minister for Information Technology Information Technology
  33. M Mathiventhan: Minister for Tourism Tourism and Tourism Development Corporation
  34. N Kayalvizhi Selvaraj: Minister for Adi Dravidar Welfare, Hill Tribes and Bonded Labour Welfare.

The following are the new faces in the cabinet:

R Sakkarapani, R Gandhi, Ma Subramanian, P Moorthy, SS Sivasankar, PK Sekar Babu, Palanivel Thiagarajan, KS Masthan, Anbil Mahesh Poyyamozhi, Siva V Meyyanathan, CV Ganesan, T Mano Thangaraj, M Mathiventhan and N Kayalvizhi Selvaraj. (New India Express)

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