Imran, Indira sworn in
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina's cabinet witnessed a minor reshuffle amid an oath-taking ceremony promoting a state minister to a minister and inducting a new face into the council of ministers at Bangabhaban on Saturday evening.
State Minister for Expatriate Welfare and Overseas Employment Imran Ahmed was sworn in as a full minister. President M Abdul Hamid separately administered the oath of office in presence of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.
Cabinet Secretary Mohammad Shafiul Alam conducted the ceremony which began with recitation from the holy Quran at 7:37 pm.
Later, the Cabinet Secretary told BSS that Imaran Ahmed has become the Minister for Expatriate Welfare and Overseas Employment Ministry and Fazilatunnesa Indira is State Minister for Women and Children Affairs.
The appointments in their respective positions came into effect soon after taking oath, he added.
Earlier, the President of the Republic in line with the Section-56 (Article-2) of the Bangladesh Constitution gave them appointments as the minister and the state minister.
Earlier, a six-time MP from Sylhet-4 constituency Imran Ahmed was made a state minister on January 7 last.
A former general secretary of ruling AL's women front- Mahila Awami League, Fazilatunnesa Indira is an MP from the women reserved seat for the second term.
At the outset of the ceremony, the President along with PM Sheikh Hasina entered the Durbar Hall of Bangabhaban at 7:32 pm.
The new cabinet members took oath pledging to preserve, protect and defend the national constitution and state sovereignty.
After the swearing-in ceremony, they separately signed the oath of office and oath of secrecy.
Subsequently the head of the state and the premier also exchanged views with them jointly at the President palace. -BSS