Oli cabinet reshuffle: Here’s the complete list with portfolios

Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli addresses the nation on Wednesday, April 14, 2021. Photo: RSS

Kathmandu, June 6

In a major shakeup of the country’s federal government, Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli reshuffled his cabinet on Friday evening.

In summary, Oli did:

  1. Induct 10 ministers from the Mahantha Thakur-led faction of the divided Janata Samajbadi Party Nepal including Deputy Prime Minister Rajendra Mahato
  2. Remove all ministers of the existing cabinet except four ministers
  3. Promote Finance Minister Bishnu Paudel as the most senior DPM, induct his party’s comparatively junior leader Raghubir Mahaseth as another DPM (total DPMs: 3)
  4. Assign Sher Bahadur Tamang to lead the country’s Health Ministry which has a key role to control the Covid-19 outbreak in the country
  5. Keep seven key portfolios within himself: defence, home affairs, forests and environment, communications and information technology, federal affairs and general administration, agriculture and livestock development, industry and commerce

Now, the reshuffled cabinet has seven members from Oli’s CPN-UML and 10 members from the split faction of the JSPN. Hence, it is likely that Oli will add some ministers from his party to fill in the ministries that he has kept with himself now.

The newly appointed DPMs and ministers took the oath of office and secrecy from President Bidya Devi Bhandai at the President’s Office, Sheetal Niwas. The ministers of state were also sworn in by PM Oli at the same function.

The reshuffled cabinet has the following members as of Friday:

1KP Sharma OliPMDefence, Home Affairs, Forests and Environment*, Communications and Information Technology, Federal Affairs and General Administration, Agriculture and Livestock Development, Industry and Commerce
2Bishnu PaudelDPMFinance
3Raghubir MahasethDPMForeign Affairs
4Rajendra MahatoDPMUrban Development
5Sharad Singh BhandariMinisterEnergy, Water Resources and Irrigation
6Krishna Gopal ShresthaMinisterEducation, Science and Technology
7Anil Kumar JhaMinisterWater Supply and Sanitation
8Sher Bahadur TamangMinisterHealth and Population
9Laxman Lal KarnaMinisterLand Management, Cooperatives and Poverty Alleviation
10Basanta Kumar NembangMinisterPhysical Infrastructure and Transport
11Lila Nath ShresthaMinisterLaw, Justice and Parliamentary Affairs
12Bimal Prasad ShreesvastavMinisterLabour, Employment and Social Security
13Uma Shankar ArgariyaMinisterCulture, Tourism and Civil Aviation*
14Chanda ChaudharyMinisterWomen, Children and Senior Citizens
15Ekwal MiyaMinisterYouth and Sports
16Chandra Kanta ChaudharyMinister of StateEnergy, Water Resources and Irrigation
17Renuka GurungMinister of StateWomen, Children and Senior Citizens


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