New Delhi, Nov 10: Prime Minister Narendra Modi expanded his council of ministers on Sunday inducting 21 new faces in his ministry those with clean track record, excellent professional, administrative and educational backgrounds to provide good governance. With the induction of 21 ministers incuding four cabinet, three ministers of state (independent charge) and 14 MOS, the number of new council of ministers is 66.
It could be noticed that maximum members from Bihar and Uttar Pradesh were given chance in Modi's ministry. As expected, former Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar got the Defence. Modi made major changes in the reshuffle by handing over the crucial railways ministry to Suresh Prabhu, who quit the Shiv Sena and joined the BJP just before he took oath as minister.
Arun Jaitley continues to hold the finance department, Information and Broadcasting, which was held by Prakash Javadekar. Sadananda Gowda handed Railways to Prabhu and got the Law and Justice portfolio. It could be seen as a demotion. But the biggest loser by far seems to be Delhi BJP veteran Dr Harsh Vardhan, who gave up the Health portfolio for the more low-key Science and Technology and Earth Sciences. Prakash Javadekar was given the charge of Environment, forest and climate change (independent charge).
However, one more probable minister Anil Desai from Shiv Sena could not take oath as he was asked by his party chief Uddhav Thackeray not to be present at the swearing-in ceremony sending a clear message that all's not will with the Sena-BJP partnership.
Here is the full list of the portfolios of the council of ministers in Modi's government.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi: Personnel, public grievances and pensions, department of atomic energy, department of space, all important policy issues and all other portfolios not allocated to any minister.
1.Rajnath Singh: Home affairs
2. Sushma Swaraj: External affairs, overseas indian affairs
3. Arun Jaitley: Finance, corporate affairs, information and broadcasting
4. M. Venkaiah Naidu: Urban development, housing and urban poverty alleviation, parliamentary affairs
5. Nitin Jairam Gadkari: Road transport and highways shipping
6. Manohar Parrikar: Defence
7. Suresh Prabhu: Railways
8. DV Sadananda Gowda: Law and justice
9. Sushri Uma Bharati: Water resources, river development and ganga rejuvenation
10. Dr Najma A Heptulla: Minority affairs
11. Ramvilas Paswan: Consumer affairs, food and public distribution
12. Kalraj Mishra: Micro, small and medium enterprises
13. Maneka Sanjay Gandhi: Women and child development
14. Ananthkumar: Chemicals and fertilizers
15. Ravi Shankar Prasad: Communications and information technology
16. Jagat Prakash Nadda: Health and family welfare
17. Ashok Gajapathi Raju Pusapati: Civil aviation
18. Anant Geete: Heavy industries and public enterprises
19. Harsimrat Kaur Badal: Food processing industries
20. Narendra Singh Tomar: Mines steel
21. Chaudhary Birender Singh: Rural development, panchayati raj, drinking water and sanitation
22. Jual Oram: Tribal affairs
23. Radha Mohan Singh: Agriculture
24. Thaawar Chand Gehlot: Social Justice and empowerment
25. Smriti Zubin Irani: Human resource development
26. Harsh Vardhan: Science and technology, earth sciences
MINISTERS OF STATE
27. General V K Singh: Statistics and programme implementation (independent charge), external affairs, overseas indian affairs
28. Inderjit Singh Rao: Planning (independent charge) defence
29. Santosh Kumar Gangwar: textiles (independent charge)
30. Bandaru Dattatreya: Labour and employment (independent charge)
31. Rajiv Pratap Rudy: Skill development and entrepreneurship (independent charge), parliamentary affairs
32. Shripad Yesso Naik: AAYUSH (independent charge), health and family welfare
33. Dharmendra Pradhan: Petroleum and natural gas (independent charge)
34. Sarbananda Sonowal: Youth affairs and sports (independent charge)
35. Prakash Javadekar: Environment, forest and climate change (independent charge)
36. Piyush Goyal: Power (independent charge), coal (independent charge), new and renewable energy (independent charge)
37. Dr. Jitendra Singh: Development of north eastern region (independent charge), prime minister's office, personnel, public grievances and pensions, department of atomic energy, department of space
38. Nirmala Sitharaman: Commerce and industry (independent charge)
39. Dr. Mahesh Sharma: Culture (independent charge), tourism (independent charge), civil aviation
40. Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi: Minority affairs, parliamentary affairs
41. Ram Kripal Yadav: Drinking water and sanitation
42. Haribhai Parthibhai Chaudhary: Home affairs
43. Sanwar Lal Jat: Water resources, river development and ganga rejuvenation
44. Mohanbhai Kalyanjibhai Kundariya: Agriculture
45. Giriraj Singh: Micro, small and medium enterprises
46. Hansraj Gangaram Ahir: Chemicals and fertilizers
47. G.M. Siddeshwara: Heavy industries and public enterprises
48. Manoj Sinha: Railways
49. Nihalchand: Panchayati Raj
50. Upendra Kushwaha: Human resource development
51. Radhakrishnan P.: Road transport and highways shipping
52. Kiren Rijiju: Home affairs
53. Krishan Pal: Social justice and empowerment
54. Dr. Sanjeev Kumar Balyan: Agriculture
55. Manuskhbhai Dhanjibhai Vasava: Tribal affairs
56. Raosaheb Dadarao Danve: Consumer affairs, food and public distribution
57. Vishnu Deo Sai: Mines, steel
58. Sudarshan Bhagat: Rural development
59. Prof. (Dr.) Ram Shankar Katheria: Human resource development
60. Y.S. Chowdary: Science and technology, earth science
61. Jayant Sinha: Finance
62. Col. Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore: Information and broadcasting
63. Babul Supria (Babul Supriyo) Baral: Urban development, housing and urban poverty alleviation
64. Sadhvi Niranjan Jyoti: Food processing industries
65. Vijay Sampla: Social justice and empowerment
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