Thursday, Date: Mar 30, 2023 Time: 11:11 pm

MLA Dr Balbir Singh sworn in as Cabinet Minister

Chandigarh: Dr Balbir Singh, a 66-year-old MLA from Patiala (rural) constituency, was sworn in as Cabinet Minister today evening.
An ophthalmologist, Dr Balbir Singh was appointed health minister. The mines and geology portfolio was given to Punjab sports minister Gurmeet Singh Meet Hayer, while the CM Bhagwant Mann took the jails portfolio. Earlier, both portfolios were with Harjot Bains.
Dr Balbir is the third doctor in Bhagwant Mann’s cabinet. Dr Baljit Kaur and Dr Inderbir Singh Nijjar are other medical professionals in the cabinet. He will be second minister from Patiala in the cabinet after Chetan Singh Jaurmajra.
Dr Balbir Singh had defeated Congress candidate Mohit Mohindra with 53,474 votes in the 2022 assembly elections. He is considered close to the party high command and Punjab leadership, particularly chief minister Bhagwant Mann.
His elevation comes after Cabinet Minister Fauja Singh Sarari today resigned.

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