Dhaka, Jan 7 (UNB) - Awami League general secretary Obaidul Quader on Monday said members of the new cabinet must deliver as per the election pledges of the party to retain their positions in the cabinet.
“Our Prime Minister is very serious about performances of the cabinet members. Her decision will be strict in this regard. Those who will fail to deliver will lose their positions,” he said while talking to reporters at the secretariat.
While forming the new cabinet, the Prime Minister gave emphasis on those districts from where there had been no minister for a long time and the new faces have been picked from those districts, he said.
“The people of the country have taken the new cabinet positively. The cabinet involving new and old ones will be more dynamic,” said the AL leader.
Responding to a question about the cabinet size, Quader said it might be expanded in the future.
Responding to another question about dropping senior leaders from the cabinet, the AL leader said, “It’s not a matter of exclusion as it can be seen as changes in responsibilities.”
The Prime Minister formed the new cabinet in that way so that the election promises could be implemented, Quader added.
Mentioning that the government and the party are two separate entities, he said senior leaders will work for making the party well-organised one.
A 47-member new cabinet, led by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, was sworn in at Bangabhaban at 3 pm.
Dhaka, Jan 6 (UNB) – The 47-member new cabinet is going to have 31 new faces, including Md Tajul Islam, AK Abdul Momen, Tipu Munshi and SM Rezaul Karim.
Of them, 12 will be inducted into the cabinet as ministers while 16 as state ministers and three as deputy ministers.
There will be 24 ministers, 19 state ministers and three deputy ministers in the new cabinet to be constituted under the leadership of Awami League President Sheikh Hasina.
The 12 new faces to be ministers are Md Abdur Razzaque (Agriculture), Mohammad Hasan Mahmud (Information), Md Tajul Islam (Local Government, Rural Development and Cooperatives), Dr Dipu Moni (Education), AK Abdul Momen (Foreign Affairs), Nurul Majid Mahmud Humayun (Industries), Golam Dastagir Gazi (Textiles and Jute), Sadhan Chandra Majumder (Food), Tipu Munshi (Commerce), SM Rezaul Karim (Housing and Public Works), Md Shahab Uddin (Environment, Forest and Climate Change) and Md Nurul Islam Sujan (Railways).
Of them, Md Abdur Razzaque, Mohammad Hasan Mahmud and Dr Dipu Moni were ministers after Awami League formed the government in 2009.
Besides, the portfolio of incumbent Planning Minister AHM Mustafa Kamal Finance Minister will be changed to Finance Minister while four state ministers of the outgoing cabinet are set to be promoted as ministers.
The four incumbent state ministers are MA Mannan (Planning), Zahid Maleque (Health and Family Welfare), Nuruzzaman Ahmed (Social Welfare), Bir Bahadur Ushwe Sing (Chattogram Hill Tracts Affairs) and Saifuzzaman Chowdhury (Land).
Also two technocrat ministers -- Yeafesh Osman (Science and Technology-Technocrat), Mustafa Jabbar (Posts, Telecommunications and Information Technology-Technocrat) -- who resigned before the December 30 general election will be kept in the new cabinet.
The 16 new faces who will be made state ministers are Kamal Ahmed Majumder (Industries), Imran Ahmad (Expatriates’ Welfare and Overseas Employment), Md Zahid Ahsan Russel (Youth and Sports), Md Ashraf Ali Khan Khasru (Fisheries and Livestock), Khalid Mahmud Chowdhury (Shipping), Begum Monnuzan Sufian (Labour and Employment), Md Zakir Hossain (Primary and Mass Education), Farhad Hossain (Public Administration), Shawpan Bhattacharjee (LGRD and Cooperatives), Jahid Faruk (Water Resources), Md Murad Hasan (Health and Family Welfare), Sharif Ahmed (Social Welfare), KM Khalid (Cultural Affairs), Md Enamur Rahman (Disaster Management and Relief), Md Mahbub Ali (Civil Aviation and Tourism) and Sheikh Mohammad Abdullah (Religious Affairs-Technocrat).
Among them, Begum Monnuzan Sufian was also state minister for Labour and Employment during the 2009-2014 tenure of the Awami League government.
Besides, all the three would-be deputy ministers are new faces. The deputy ministers are Begum Habibun Nahar (Environment, Forest and Climate Change), AKM Enamul Haque Shamim (Water Resources) and Mohibul Hasan Chowdhury (Education).
The members of the upcoming cabinet will take oath at Bangabhaban at 3:30pm on Monday.
The official gazette on the new cabinet will be published immediately after the oath-taking ceremony, Cabinet Secretary Mohammad Shafiul Alam while briefing reporters on Sunday afternoon.
With the publication of the gazette, the outgoing cabinet will be abolished, he said.
Dhaka, Jan 6 (UNB) – Thirty-four members of the outgoing cabinet, including 23 ministers like Amir Hossain Amu, Tofail Ahmed, Matia Chowdhury, Rashed Khan Menon and Hasanul Haq Inu, have been dropped from the upcoming cabinet.
There will be 24 ministers, 19 state ministers and three deputy ministers in the new cabinet to be constituted on Monday.
However, 23 ministers, nine state ministers and two deputy ministers of the present cabinet have not found their names in the new cabinet.
Besides, Public Administration Minister Syed Ashraful Islam passed away on January 3 while two technocrats minister Nurul Islam BSc (Expatriates’ Welfare and Overseas Minister) and (Religious Affairs Minister Matior Rahman) who resigned as per the Prime Minister’s directives the 11th parliamentary election are also not part of the new cabinet.
The 23 ministers who have been left out of the new cabinet are Finance Minister AMA Muhith, Industries Minister Amir Hossain Amu, Commerce Minister Tofail Ahmed, Agriculture Minister Matia Chowdhury, Health and Family Welfare Minister Mohammed Nasim, Foreign Affairs Minister AH Mahmood Ali, Shipping Minister Shajahan Khan, Education Minister Nurul Islam Nahid, Local Government, Rural Development and Cooperatives Minister Khandker Mosharraf Hossain, Social Welfare Minister Rashed Khan Menon, Information Minister Hasanul Haq Inu, Housing and Public Works Minister Engineer Mosharraf Hossain, Disaster Management and Relief Minister Mofazzal Hossain Chowdhury Maya, Environment, Forest and Climate Change Minister Anisul Islam Mahmud, Water Resources Minister Anwar Hossain, Railways Minister Md Mazibul Hoque, Primary and Mass Education Minister Mostafizur Rahman, Cultural Affairs Minister Asaduzzaman Noor, Land Minister Shamsur Rahman Sherif, Food Minister Qamrul Islam, Fisheries and Livestock Minister Narayon Chandra Chanda, Civil Aviation and Tourism Minister AKM Shahjahan Kamal and Textiles and Jute Minister Emaz Uddin Pramanik.
Of them, Muhith had earlier announced that he would retire from politics and he did not participate in the election, too. His brother AK Abdul Momen who won the election from Sylhet-1 constituency has been made Foreign Affairs Minister in the new cabinet.
Maya failed to get Awami League ticket for contesting the election.
The state ministers who did not find any place in the new cabinet are State Minister for Labour and Employment Md Mujibul Haque Chunnu, State Minister for Textiles and Jute Mirza Azam, State Minister for Youth and Sports Dr Biren Sikder, State Minister for Public Administration Begum Ismat Ara Sadique, State Minister for Women and Children Affairs Begum Meher Afroze, State Minister for Information Tarana Halim, State Minister for Water Resources Muhammad Nazrul Islam, State Minister for Rural Development and Cooperatives Mashiur Rahman, State Minister for Technical And Madrasha Education Kazi Keramat Ali.
The deputy ministers are Abdullah Al Islam Jakob (Environment, Forest and Climate Change) and Arif Khan Joy (Youth and Sports).
Dhaka, Jan 6 (UNB) – Trashing media reports on a rift in their alliance, Jatiya Oikyafront senior leader on Sunday said no elected MPs of their coalition is going to take oath.
“No one of Oikyafront MPs will take oath. Oikyafront will remain intact and it won’t face a split,” said Jatiya Samajtantrik Dal President ASM Abdur Rob.
He came up with the comments while talking to reporters after a meeting of the steering committee of Oikyafront at Dr Kamal Hossain’s Motijheel chamber.
Gano Forum general secretary Mostafa Mohsin Montu said some online portals and newspapers raised questions about the unity of the Jatiya Oikyafront over a comment of Dr Kamal Hossain at Gano Forums’ extended meeting.
He said Dr Kamal Hossain in no way said Gano Forum’s elected MPs will take oath. “We hope there’ll be no misunderstanding over the issue.”
Montu said they want to clearly say that there is no disunity in the Jatiya Oikyafront over taking oath of its elected MPs. “Rather, Jatiya Oikyafront is more united than in the past and will remain so to realise people’s voting and other rights after the farce on December 30.”
Montu said, “We aren’t taking oath now. I would like to say clearly that no Gono Forum MP will take oath.”
Mentioning that Jatiya Oikyafront turned down the farce in the name of election on December 30, he said their alliance will continue its programme demanding the election under a non-party neutral government.
BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir, Abdur Rob, Krishak Sramik Janata League president Abdul Kader Siddiqui, Nagorik Oikya convener Mahmudur Rahman Manna, Gano forum executive president Subrata Chowdhury and Mostafa Mohshin Montu were, among others, present at the meeting held with Dr Kamal Hossain in the chair.
On Saturday, Kamal Hossain said, “We’ve rejected the election, but the way our two candidates came out successful in such an election through competition is their big achievement. So, we’re thinking positively about sending them to Parliament,” he said.
Dr Kamal, also the convener of Jatiya Oikyafront, came up with the remarks at a press conference at Bangladesh ShishuKalyan Parishad after an extended meeting of the party.
He said their two MPs can play a positive and meaningful role in parliament after taking oath. “If others (BNP MPs) think it won’t be possible for them to play a good role in parliament, they may take decision in their own ways.”
Dhaka, Jan 6 (UNB) – Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal and Law Minister Anisul Huq received phone calls from the cabinet division to take oath as ministers on Sunday.
Sources at the cabinet division said phone calls are being made to members of the new cabinet since Sunday noon.
Cabinet Secretary Mohammad Shafiul Alam will announce the names of members of the new cabinet around 5pm today.