They will take oath on Saturday
The cabinet is set to get another new minister and a state minister, just six months after Awami League formed the new government for the third consecutive term.
Imran Ahmad, the current state minister for expatriates’ welfare and overseas employment, will be elevated to the rank of minister.
Fazilatun Nessa Indira, the ruling party’s Women Affairs Secretary, has been tapped as a new state minister.
Both are expected to be sworn-in at an event at Bangabhaban at 7:30pm on Saturday, Cabinet Secretary Md Shaiful Alam told a press briefing at the secretariat on Thursday.
The Expatriates’ Welfare and Overseas Employment Ministry did not have a full minister until now. However, the government is yet to make it clear whether Imran will remain in the same ministry or get a new portfolio.
Meanwhile, rumour of Indira becoming state minister for women and children affairs is also making rounds. This portfolio has been under the prime minister’s care until now.
This will be the second cabinet shuffle since Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina formed the government in January — following a landslide victory in the 11th general election held on December 30 last year.
She constituted a 47-member cabinet, including herself, 24 ministers, 19 state ministers and three deputy ministers, on January 7.
Five months later, on May 19, State Minister Murad Hassan was shifted to the Information Ministry from the Health and Family Welfare Ministry.
Hasina also shuffled responsibilities at the ministries of local government, rural development and cooperatives, and posts, telecommunications and information technology.