Joykumar regains portfolios as deputy CM

Imphal: Manipur deputy chief minister Yumnam Joykumar, who was stripped off four portfolios after he reportedly criticised chief minister N. Biren Singh on an issue of rice distribution during Covid-19 lockdown, has been reallocated three portfolios.

The three portfolios reallocated to Joykumar are  finance, science and technology and economics and statistics.

The four portfolios that were stripped off were Municipal Administration, Housing and Urban Development (MAHUD), forest and environment and climate change, science and technology, economics and statistics departments, which were reallocated to Biren on April 9.

Joykumar is minister of NPP, an ally of BJP.

Chief secretary Dr J. Suresh Babu on Sunday issued an order of portfolio allocation to Biren and Joykumar, which allocated with the three portfolios.

The notification said in pursuance of Rule 6 (1) of the Rules of Business of the government of Manipur and in supersession of notification of April 9, the governor of Manipur, on the advice of chief minister, Manipur is pleased to reallocate portfolios to the chief minister and deputy chief minister.

Biren has been reallocated the portfoliis of home, lersonnel, planning, GAD, vigilance, transport, minor irrigation, tourism, minority affairs, OBC and SC, information technology, MAHUD, horticulture and soil conservation, and any other department not allocated specifically.

Four NPP ministers including the deputy chief minister tendered resignation from the BJP led  government in mid-June. The other three who tendered their resignation letters are N Kayishii, Letpao Haokip and L Jayanta Kumar Singh.

On June 25 NPP decided to return to the BJP-led coalition government.

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