Khattar to hold information and PR portfolio, Rajiv Jain CM’s new media advisor
Chandigarh: Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar will now also hold the portfolio of Information, Public Relations and Languages department, which was earlier held by Kavita Jain, whose husband Rajiv Jain was today appointed as the new Media Advisor to the CM.
Khattar will be in charge of this portfolio along with some other key departments that he already holds, including home and power.
A notification to this effect has been issued which mentioned that Governor Kaptan Singh Solanki on the advice of the chief minister has allocated this portfolio to Khattar with immediate effect, an official spokesperson said.
Cabinet Minister Kavita Jain will, however, continue to retain other key departments of Urban and Local Bodies, and Women and Child Development department.
According to sources, Kavita Jain was divested of the portfolio of Information, Public Relations and Languages department to avoid “conflict of interest”.
Her husband Rajiv Jain, who is state BJP’s media in-charge, was appointed as the new media advisor to the Haryana chief minister this evening.
“The Haryana government has appointed Rajiv Jain as Media Advisor to the chief minister with immediate effect,” an official release said here this evening.
Notably, Rajiv Jain had also been Media Adviser to late chief minister Bansi Lal from 1996-99. Amit Arya, the media adviser of Chief Minister Khattar, was recently shifted to Delhi for coordinating with the media in the national capital.