GUWAHATI, Sept 16 - Twelve Parliamentary Secretaries were administered oath of office by Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi at a function held at the Srimanta Sankaradeva Kalakshetra this morning.
The 12 Parliamentary Secretaries who took oath of office were Sushanta Borgohain of Thowra, Monika Bora of Gohpur, Kamalakhya Dey Purkayastha of Karimganj North, Jamaluddin Ahmed of Badarpur, Dr Rumi Nath of Barkhala, Hemanta Talukdar of Guwahati West, Ghanashyam Kalita of Rangiya, Habul Chakraborty of Dhekiajuli, Rupjyoti Kurmi of Mariani, Sanjay Raj Subba of Naoboicha, Sib Charan Basumatary of Dudhnoi and Aroti Hazarika Kachari of Dergaon LAC.
Although Arun Phukan has also been appointed as Parliamentary Secretary, he could not take oath as he was away on a Privilege Committee meeting.
Twenty-one Parliamentary Secretaries were appointed in 2012, out of which six are no longer in office, while three were elevated to ministers.
Later, interacting with mediapersons, Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi said that the induction of the Parliamentary Secretaries would impart greater dynamism to administration and governance. On the selection of the Parliamentary Secretaries, he said that different regions of the State were given weightage in the exercise.
�The Parliamentary Secretaries have a responsible role to play. The ministers cannot be expected to be present in the field often. The Parliamentary Secretaries will be able to do field inspection and report to ministers. This will bring in dynamism to governance,� he said.
The Parliamentary Secretaries said that they would do justice to their job and discharge their duties responsibly.