Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti on Monday allocated the portfolio of Science and Technology to Peoples Conference chief, Sajjad Gani Lone who discharged his first assignment as Cabinet Minister by chairing a meeting of District Development Board (DDB) Doda.
According to an order issued by General Administration Department (GAD), Mehbooba, who heads the Council of Ministers, on Monday withdrew the charge of S&T from Sunil Sharma and assigned it to Sajjad Lone. This portfolio is in addition to the departments already assigned to him. Social Welfare and Administrative Reforms, Inspections and Trainings departments were already with Lone.
On Sunday, this newspaper had reported that CM would issue formal orders on Monday regarding allocating S&T portfolio to Sajjad On April 4, Sajjad, who is an ally of BJP, took oath as Cabinet Minister in Mehbooba Mufti-led government and was assigned portfolios of Social Welfare, Administrative Reforms, Inspections(ARI) and Trainings.However, Lone submitted his resignation to Chief Minister next day expressing unhappiness over his portfolio. The BJP, however, turned down his resignation, saying "he is our ally and companion." Meanwhile, Sajjad today discharged his first responsibility as Cabinet Minister by chairing the plan approval (capex budget) meeting of Doda district as he is chairman of DDB Doda.