A couple of weeks after being elected back to power, Chief Minister Siddaramaiah allocated portfolios to all the ministers. The Chief Minister has kept some important portfolios such as Finance, Department of Personnel and Administrative Reforms, Infrastructure Development and Information, and Intelligence with himself.
Besides, Deputy Chief Minister DK Shivakumar, who was in close contention for the position of chief ministership has been allocated with the Bengaluru department (BBMP and other civic agencies in the city and Bengaluru City Development), Major and Medium Irrigation. According to a report by The Hindu, both portfolios are expected to get big purses in the State budget.
Senior Minister H.K. Muniyappa has been given the Food and Civil Supplies and Consumer Affairs. The department will play a vital role in providing 10 kgs of monthly food grains to the BPL families.
Senior Minister G. Parameshwara, who threw his hat in the contention for the CM post at the last moment has been allotted Home Ministry (without intelligence). H.K. Patil has been given the responsibility of Law, Parliamentary Affairs, Legislation and Tourism.
Ramalinga Reddy, a veteran parliamentarian, has been allotted transport, which will be under the radar considering that the government promised free bus travel for women in the state.
The Department of Energy will assume special importance given one of the schemes of the government where they promised to provide 200 units of free power to all the households in Karnataka. Senior Minister K.J. George will be in charge of this ministry.
Former KPCC Chairman Dinesh Gundy Rao will be taking care of the Health and family welfare department, while B.Z Zameer Ahmed has successfully bagged the housing, Wakf, and minority welfare department.
Senior Minister H.C. Mahadevappa has been allotted the Social Welfare department, while the son of Congress National President, Priyank Kharge, has been assigned to Rural Development and Panchayat Raj.