Cabinet of Bangladesh

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The Cabinet of Bangladesh (Bengali: বাংলাদেশের মন্ত্রিসভাBānglādēśēr Mantri´sabhā) or Council of Ministers (Bengali: বাংলাদেশের মন্ত্রিপরিষদBānglādēśēr Mantri´pariṣad) 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 31 Cabinet Ministers, 17 State Ministers and 2 Deputy Ministers.


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.

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

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:

Cabinet Ministers


MinisterSecretariat and Executive officesAdvisers, State Minister and Deputy Minister
Sheikh Hasina Wazed Prime Minister
Cabinet Division
Ministry of Defence
Armed Forces Division
National Economic Council
All important policy issues and all other portfolios not allocated to any Minister.
Hossain Toufique Imam (Political Affairs)
Dr. Mashiur Rahman (Economic Affairs)
Dr. Gowher Rizvi (International Affairs)
Dr. Tawfiq-e-Elahi Chowdhury (Power, Energy and Mineral Resources)
Maj. Gen. (Rtd) Tarique Ahmed Siddique (Security Affairs)
(Prime Minister in charge) Ministry of Power, Energy and Mineral Resources State minister: Nasrul Hamid
Sayed Ashraful Islam Ministry of Public Administration State minister: Ismat Ara Sadek
Abul Maal Abdul Muhith Ministry of Finance State minister: Muhammad Abdul Mannan
Amir Hossain Amu Ministry of Industries
Tofael Ahmed Ministry of Commerce
Matia Chowdhury Ministry of Agriculture
Asaduzzaman Khan Ministry of Home Affairs
Mohammed Nasim Ministry of Health and Family Welfare State minister: Zahid Maleque
Khandaker Mosharraf Hossain Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development and Co-operative State minister:
Mashiur Rahaman Ranga (Rural Development and Co-operatives Division)
Nurul Islam Ministry of Expatriates' Welfare and Overseas Employment
Rashed Khan Menon Ministry of Civil Aviation and Tourism
Yafes Osman Ministry of Science and Technology
Matior Rahaman Ministry of Religious Affairs
Mosharraf Hossain Ministry of Housing and Public Works
Mozammel Haque Ministry of Liberation War Affairs
Mohammad Sayedul Haque Ministry of Fisheries and Livestock State minister: Narayan Chandra Chan
Emaz Uddin Pramanik Ministry of Textiles and Jute State minister: Mirza Azam
Obaidul Quader Ministry of Road Transport and Bridges
Hasanul Haq Inu Ministry of Information
Anisul Islam Mahmud Ministry of Water Resources State minister: Muhammad Nazrul Islam
Anwar Hossain Manju Ministry of Environment and Forest Deputy minister: Abdullah Al Islam Jacob
Nurul Islam Nahid Ministry of Education
Shahjahan Khan Ministry of Shipping
Anisul Huq Ministry of Law, Justice and Parliamentary Affairs
Mofazzal Hossain Chowdhury Ministry of Disaster Management and Relief
Abul Hassan Mahmud Ali Ministry of Foreign Affairs State minister: Shahriar Alam
Mazibul Hoque Ministry of Railways
Mustafa Kamal Ministry of Planning State ministe: Muhammad Abdul Mannan
Vacant Ministry of Posts, Telecommunications & Information Technology State minister:
Zunaid Ahmed Palak (Information and Communication Technology Division)
Tarana Halim (Posts and Telecommunications Division)
Mostafizur Rahman Ministry of Primary and Mass Education
Asaduzzaman Noor Ministry of Cultural Affairs
Shamshur Rahaman Sherif Ministry of Land State minister: Saifuzzaman Chowdhury
Qamrul Islam Ministry of Food
(State Minister in charge) Ministry of Social Welfare State minister (Independent charge): Nuruzzaman Ahmed
(State Minister in charge) Ministry of Labour and Employment State minister (Independent charge): Mujibul Haque
(State Minister in charge) Ministry of Chittagong Hill Tracts Affairs State minister (Independent charge): Ushwe Sing
(State Minister in charge) Ministry of Youth and Sports State minister (Independent charge): Biren Sikder
Deputy minister: Arif Khan
(State Minister in charge) Ministry of Women and Children Affairs State minister (Independent charge): Meher Afroz Chumki


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