LAHORE - The new Punjab cabinet was sworn in at a ceremony at Governor’s House on Monday.

Acting Punjab Governor Chaudhry Parvez Elahi administered the oath. In the first phase, 23 ministers, including a senior minister, have been inducted in the cabinet. Punjab Chief Minister Sardar Usman Buzdar also attended the ceremony among high-ranking civil and military officers. Assembly members, PTI leaders and workers also graced the occasion.

The chief minister congratulated the ministers and extended good wishes to them. He said all areas in the province have been given representation in the cabinet. He hoped that provincial ministers will fulfil their responsibilities and come up to expectations of people. He was optimistic that they will work tirelessly to fulfil the vision and agenda of Prime Minister Imran Khan. “I am hopeful that all the ministers will serve the masses day and night to achieve the goal of a new Pakistan as envisioned by Imran Khan and they will take everybody along for progress and prosperity of the country,” he said.

According to the notification, Aleem Khan has been appointed as senior minister. He will hold the portfolio of local government and community development. Dr Yasmin Rashid will be minister-in-change of primary and secondary health, specialized healthcare and medical education. Mian Aslam Iqbal has been given the portfolio of minister for industries and commerce. Mian Mahmoodur Rasheed, who served as opposition leader in the Punjab Assembly from 2013 to 2018, will head the department of housing, urban development and public health engineering.

Makhdoom Hashim, brother of Makhdoom Khusro Bakhtiar,  has been notified as finance minister whereas Samiullah Chaudhry has been given the portfolio of food department. Hafiz Mumtaz Ahmed will be the minister for excise and taxation.

Fayaz Chohan has been appointed as information minister. Yasir Humayun has been given the portfolio of higher education and tourism development department. Mohsin Leghari has been given ministry of irrigation.

Meanwhile, Senior Minister Aleem Khan on Monday said he had resigned from the chairmanship of his private companies before taking oath as senior minister. He said he would not do any private business while in power as per vision of his leader Prime Minister Imran Khan.  He also announced to travel in his private car while performing official duties and donate his salary to Shaukat Khanum Hospital.

Newly inducted Health Minister Dr Yasmin Rashid said a change in delivery of health services will be visible after 100 days in power.