Cabinet of Bangladesh

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The Cabinet of Bangladesh (Bengali: বাংলাদেশের মন্ত্রিসভাBānglādēśēr Mantrisabhā) is the chief executive body of the People's Republic of Bangladesh. The Cabinet is the collective decision-making body of the entire government under the Office of the Prime Minister, composed of the Prime Minister and some 25 Cabinet Ministers, and State Ministers.

Responsibility[edit]

Ministers of the government, according to the Constitution of Bangladesh, are selected primarily from the elected members of House of Nation, also known as Jatiya Sangsad. Cabinet Ministers are heads of government departments, mostly with the office of the "Minister of [department, e.g. Defence]". The collective co-ordinating function of the Cabinet is reinforced by the statutory position that all the Ministers jointly hold the same office, and can exercise the same powers. The Cabinet is the ultimate decision-making body of the executive within the parliamentary system of government in traditional constitutional theory of Bangladesh. This interpretation was originally put across in the work of the Bangladesh constitution in 1972. The political and decision-making authority of the cabinet has been gradually increased over the last few decades, with some claiming its role has been usurped by a "Prime Ministerial" (i.e. more "presidential") government.[2]

The Cabinet is the executive committee of The Prime Minister's Office, a historic body which has legislative, judicial and executive functions, and whose large membership does include member(s) of the Opposition or Coalition. Its decisions are generally implemented either under the existing powers of individual government departments, or by the Cabinet Secretary.

Council of Ministers[edit]

The most influential part of the executive of the Bangladesh government are the ministries.[1] A ministry headed by minister or State Minister (Independent Charges) shall be responsible for conducting the business of his Ministry/Division in the Parliament unless otherwise directed by the Prime Minister. The Secretary is the administrative head of a ministry or division, assisted by Additional Secretary, Joint Secretary, Deputy Secretary, Senior Assistant Secretary and Assistant Secretary. Few ministries are consisted of more than one divisions.

There are four categories of ministers, in descending order of rank:

  • Minister: member of cabinet; leads a ministry
  • State Minister (Independent Charges): junior minister not reporting to a cabinet minister; leads a ministry
  • State Minister: junior minister reporting to a cabinet minister, usually tasked with a specific responsibility in that ministry
  • Deputy Minister: most junior minister reporting to a cabinet minister or Minister of State (Independent Charges).

Ministers[edit]

Minister Secretariat and Executive offices State Minister and Deputy Minister
Sheikh Hasina Prime Minister
Ministry of Public Administration
Cabinet Division
Ministry of Defence
Ministry of Power, Energy & Mineral Resources
Armed Forces Division
Ismat Ara Sadeq (Public Administration)
Nasrul Hamid (Power, Energy & Mineral Resources)
Abul Maal Abdul Muhith Ministry of Finance MA Mannan
Begum Matia Chowdhury Ministry of Agriculture
Vacant Ministry of Home Affairs Asaduzzaman Khan
Emaz Uddin Pramanik Ministry of Textiles and Jute Mirza Azam
Barrister Anisul Haque Ministry of Law, Justice and Parliamentary Affairs
Mustafa Kamal Ministry of Planning
vacant Ministry of Posts, Telecommunications & Information Technology Junaid Ahmed Polok
Syed Ashraful Islam Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development & Co-operatives
Md Qamrul Islam Ministry of Food Jahangir Kabir Nanak
Mujibul Haque Chunnu Ministry of Labour and Employment Md. Mojibul Haque Chunnu
Khandaker Mosharraf Hossain Ministry of Expatriates' Welfare and Overseas Employment
Anwar Hossain Manju Ministry of Environment and Forest
Shamshur Rahaman Sherif Ministry of Land Saifuzzaman Chowdhury
Asaduzzaman Noor Ministry of Cultural Affairs
Syed Mohsin Ali Ministry of Social Welfare Promod Mankin
Amir Hossain Amu Ministry of Industries
Anisul Islam Mahmud Ministry of Water Resources Muhammad Nazrul Islam
Abdullah Al Islam Jacob ( Deputy Minister )
Rashed Khan Menon Ministry of Civil Aviation and Tourism
Tofael Ahmed Ministry of Commerce
Obaidul Quader Ministry of Road Transport and Bridge
Mofazzal Hossain Chowdhury Maya Ministry of Disaster Management and Relief
Mustafizur Rahman Ministry of Primary and Mass Education
Mohammed Nasim Ministry of Health and Family Planning Jahid Malek Swapan
Abul Hasan Mahmood Ali Ministry of Foreign Affairs Shahriar Alam
Nurul Islam Nahid Ministry of Education
Mohammed Sayedul Haque Ministry of Fisheries and Livestock Narayan Chandra Chan
Shahjahan Khan Ministry of Shipping
Hasanul Haq Inu Ministry of Information
Mujibul Haq Mujib Ministry of Railways
Mosharraf Hossain Ministry of Housing and Public Works
Akm Mojammel Haque Ministry of Liberation War
Motiur Rahman Ministry of Religious Affairs

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State Minister (Independent Charges)[edit]

Minister of State Secretariat and Executive offices Deputy Minister
Yeafesh Osman Ministry of Science and Technology
Bir Bahadur Ushwe Sing Ministry of Chittagong Hill Tracts Affairs
Biren Sikder Ministry of Youth and Sports Arif Khan Joy
Meher Afroze Ministry of Women & Children Affairs

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