ISLAMABAD - A race is on among some new members of the Federal Cabinet to secure not only official residences but also portfolios of their own choice, well-placed sources told TheNation on Monday.They said a cutthroat competition is under way among some new members of the Federal Cabinet including Federal Ministers and Ministers of State to secure official accommodations without further delay. Some of them, who have yet to be allocated portfolios, are engaged in intense lobbying to secure portfolios of the Ministries and Divisions the federal government has created in the wake of completion of devolution process.The sources said that among those in the race for official residences are the some of the Federal Ministers who have been allotted portfolios but were yet to get the official residences. Prominent among those include the former Chairman Senate and Federal Minister for Law Farooq H Naek etc.According to the sources, they had applied to the National Assembly secretariat but have been placed the queue because of the shortages of the houses in the Ministers Colony.  “Since there is dearth of residential facility in the ministers colony, therefore, we have to wait until some arrangement is made”, a newly inducted cabinet member from PPP Punjab told The Nation.On being probed, he said it was quite possible that government may arrange the facility for them in the private house in the Federal capital, which would certainly add burden on the national exchequer.This, sources said, would make it more difficult for the PPP-led ruling alliance when coalition partners are also adjusted in the federal cabinet. “I think PPP leadership will accommodate the coalition partners after making due arrangements for their residential facility”, a cabinet source said while speaking on condition of anonymity.      Similarly, sources said that some new members of the federal cabinet were struggling to secure portfolios of their choice.The PPP top leadership has recently inducted fifteen new federal and state ministers largely for political consideration and has yet to give due share to the coalition partners including the ANP, MQM and PML-Q.