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 [function, 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 minister of state 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.

Ministers[edit]

Officials Incumbent Title Secretariat and Executive offices
Sheikh Hasina Prime Minister Ministry of Public Administration
Cabinet Division
Ministry of Defence
Armed Forces Division
Ministry of Power, Energy & Mineral Resources.
Abul Maal Abdul Muhith Minister Ministry of Finance
Finance Division
Economic Relations Division
Internal Resources Division
Begum Matia Chowdhury Minister Agriculture
Abdul Latif Siddique Minister Ministry of Textiles and Jute
Barrister Shafique Ahmed Minister Law, Justice and Parliamentary Affairs
National Parliament Secretariat
Air Vice Marshal (rtd) A K Khandker Minister Planning
Planning Division
Implementation Monitoring & Evaluation Division
Shahara Khatun Minister Posts and Telecommunications
Muhiuddin Khan Alamgir Minister Ministry of Home Affairs
Abdul Mabud Director General Department of Immigration & Passports
Syed Ashraful Islam Minister Local Government and Rural Development & Co-operatives
Local Govt. Division
Rural Development & Co-operatives Division
Rajiuddin Ahmed Raju Minister Labour and Employment
Engineer Khandaker Mosharraf Hossain Minister Expatriates' Welfare and Overseas Employment
Hasan Mahmud Minister Environment and Forest
Muhammad Rezaul Karim Hira Minister Land
Abul Kalam Azad Minister Cultural Affairs
Enamul Hoque Mostofa Shaheed Minister Social Welfare
Dilip Barua Minister Industries
Ramesh Chandra Sen Minister Water Resources
Lt. Col.(rtd)Muhammad Faruk Khan Minister Civil Aviation and Tourism
Ghulam Muhammed Quader Minister Commerce
Obaidul Quader Minister Communications
Roads Division
Bridge Division
Muhammad Abdur Razzaque Minister Food and Disaster Management
Muhammad Afsarul Ameen Minister Primary and Mass Education
A.F.M Ruhal Haque Minister Health and Family Welfare
Dr.Dipu Moni Minister Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Nurul Islam Nahid Minister Ministry of Education
Muhammad Abdul Latif Biswas Minister Fisheries and Livestock
Shahjahan Khan Minister Shipping
Hasanul Haq Inu Minister Information
Mujibul Haq Mujib Minister Railway and communication

Ministers of State[edit]

Officials Incumbent Title Secretariat and Executive offices
Advocate Mostafizur Rahman Minister of State Environment
Captain (rtd) AB Tajul Islam Minister of State Liberation War Affairs
Architect Yeafesh Osman Minister of State Ministry of Science and Technology
Begum Monnujan Sufian Minister of State Labour and Employment
Dipankar Talukdar Minister of State Chittagong Hill Tracts Affairs
Ahad Ali Sarker Minister of State Youth and Sports
Advocate Shamsul Hoque Tuku Minister of State Home Affairs
Advocate Abdul Mannan Khan Minister of State Housing and Public Works
Muhammad Motahar Hossain Minister of State Primary and Mass Education
Advocate Jahangir Kabir Nanak Minister of State M/O. Local Govt., Rural Development & Co-operatives
Local Govt. Division
Rural Development & Co-operatives Division
Advocate Muhammad Qamrul Islam Minister of State Law, Justice and Parliamentary Affairs
National Parliament Secretariat
Advocate Muhammad Shahjahan Miah Minister of State Religious Affairs
Brigadier General (rtd) Muhammad Enamul Huq Minister of State Power, Energy & Mineral Resources
Power Division
Energy and Mineral Resources Division
Captain (rtd) Mozibur Rahman Fakir Minister of State Health and Family Welfare
Advocate Promode Mankin Minister of State Cultural Affairs
Muhammad Mahbubur Rahman Minister of State Water Resources
Meher Afroze Minister of State Women & Children Affairs

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