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Altaf Bukhari joins Mehbooba Mufti’s cabinet, gets Education portfolio


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Jammu: Syed Altaf Bukhari, who was on Friday inducted into the Mehbooba Mufti-led Jammu and Kashmir cabinet, was assigned the Education department portfolio in the PDP-BJP coalition government.

The order was issued by Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti in Jammu.

As per the reshuffle of portfolios, Syed Altaf Bukhari was made the new Education Minister.

Naeem Akhtar, who held the Education portfolio, was made the new Public Works Department Minister.

Bukhari was on Friday sworn in as a cabinet minister at a function in the Raj Bhawan by Governor N.N. Vohra. He is the legislator from Amira Kadal constituency in Srinagar.

He was the Roads and Buildings Minister in the Mufti Mohammad Sayeed-led Peoples Democratic Party-Bharatiya Janata Party coalition in 2015.

With Bukhari’s re-induction into the cabinet, the total strength of the ministerial council has gone up to 24.