Ajanta Neog made history after she was sworn in as Assam’s first woman finance minister after Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma on Tuesday distributed portfolios to 13 members of his cabinet.
The finance ministry, which Sarma held in the Sarbananda Sonowal government, has been allotted to a woman minister for the first time in the state.
Ajanta, who has also been given charge of the social welfare department, is also the lone woman member in the Sarma cabinet. She was a minister in the Congress government and had switched to the saffron party before the state poll.
The council of ministers comprises 11 ministers from the BJP, including the chief minister, two from alliance partner AGP and one from the UPPL.