GUWAHATI, Jan 23 � Fourteen members of the new Council of Ministers of the State government today took oath of office and secrecy. Governor PB Acharya formally administered the oath of office and secrecy to the 14 ministers of the Tarun Gogoi-led Congress government at the Durbar Hall of Raj Bhawan in the city.
The new Council of Ministers include 11 Cabinet Ministers and three Ministers of State (Independent charge).
The 11 Cabinet Ministers who were sworn in today are Dr Bhumidhar Barman, Sarat Barkataky, Ajanta Neog, Dr Nazrul Islam, Rakibul Hussain, Chandan Kumar Sarkar, Khor Sing Engti, Sukur Ali, Ajit Singh, Basanta Das and Atuwa Munda.
On the other hand, Sumitra Doley Patir, Girindra Mallik and Bismita Gogoi were sworn in as Ministers of State � all with Independent charges.
Of the ministers, the entrants include veterans Dr Bhumidhar Barman and Sarat Barkataky � both former ministers. The rest of the new faces are Chandan Sarkar, Sukur Ali, Atuwa Munda, Sumitra Doley Patir, Girindra Mallik and Bismita Gogoi.
Those from the previous ministry who were axed included Gautam Roy, Pradyut Bardoloi, Nilamoni Sen Deka, Prithvi Majhi, Tanka Bahadur Rai, Akon Bora, Pranati Phukan and Rajiv Lochan Pegu.
All the ministers, except Khor Sing Ingti, Ajit Singh and Girindra Mallik, took their oaths in Assamese. While Ingti and Singh took oath in English, Mallik took oath in Bengali.
The swearing-in ceremony was conducted by Chief Secretary, Government of Assam, Jitesh Khosla.
After the swearing-in formalities, the Governor felicitated the new ministers in a simple ceremony.
Later, during an informal interaction with mediapersons, Chief Minister Gogoi said that he had full faith in the new ministers and that �performance can follow only after the person is vested with responsibility�.
Gogoi added that the sacked ministers would also be involved in departmental function as �advisers�. �Reshuffles do not mean that the dropped ministers will have no role. They will be engaged in advisory roles because of their experience as former ministers. They will also work to strengthen the party at different levels,� he said.
Prithvi Majhi, who was dropped from the ministry, said that making changes was a prerogative of the Chief Minister and that he would continue to be a loyal party member. �The Congress is a disciplined party and we are committed to working together in the greater interest of the party,� he said. He added that he would term his ministerial tenure as successful because he undertook several key initiatives, including the geo-tube embankment at Matmora and other welfare measures for the tea-tribes.
Dr Bhumidhar Barman, Sarat Barkataky, Ajanta Neog, Dr Nazrul Islam, Rakibul Hussain, Chandan Kumar Sarkar, Khor Sing Engti, Sukur Ali, Ajit Singh, Basanta Das and Atuwa Munda.
Ministers of State
(Independent): Sumitra Doley Patir, Girindra Mallik and Bismita Gogoi.