In a significant decision, Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis on Sunday kept Home, Urban Development, Housing and Health Departments with himself while allocating portfolios to his ten-member Council of Ministers.
Sudhir Mungantiwar, another Cabinet Minister from Vidarbha, has been given Finance and Planning, and Forest Departments.
Eknath Khadse has been entrusted Revenue, Minorities Development and Wakf, Agriculture, Animal Husbandry, Dairy Development and Fisheries, and State Excise.
Vinod Tawde will hold charge of School Education and Sports, Higher and Technical Education, Medical Education, Marathi Language and Cultural Affairs.
Prakash Mehta has been given the responsibility of Industries and Mining, and Parliamentary Affairs.
Chandrakant Patil, an MLC, has been allocated Co-operation, Marketing and Textiles. He will also handle the Public Works (including Public Undertakings) Department.
Pankaja Munde will be in-charge of Rural Development and Water Conservation, and Women and Child Development.
Vishnu Savara will be in-charge of Tribal Development, Social Justice and Special Assistance.
Minister of State Dilip Kamble has been allotted Tribal Development, Social Justice and Special Assistance Departments.
Vidya Thakur will be Minister of State for Rural Development and Water Conservation, and Women and Child Development Departments.
As per the information provided by the CMO, the portfolios not specifically allocated to any Minister will be with the Chief Minister.