All You Need To Know About The Centre’s Cabinet Reshuffle

All You Need To Know About The Centre's Cabinet Reshuffle
Source: India Today

The first and major reshuffle has been carried out in Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s cabinet since the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) led NDA came to power for the second time in 2019. At least 21 new faces, including Jyotiraditya Scindia, Sarbananda Sonowal, Narayan Rane, Sushil Modi and West Bengal BJP chief Dilip Ghosh have been inducted into the new cabinet. A total of 43 leaders took the oath of office and secrecy today at the Rashtrapati Bhavan.

Health minister Dr. Harsh Vardhan resigned from the cabinet amid huge criticism of the handling of the COVID-19 crisis, especially the second wave of the pandemic that killed more than 200,000 people in just four months.

Minister for Law, and Electronics and IT – Ravi Shankar Prasad – also quit his position. Prasad had recently engaged in a bitter feud with social media giants, especially Twitter.

Environment minister Prakash Javadekar and education minister Ramesh Pokhriyal also resigned.

There are no changes in the Finance, Home, Defence and Foreign Affairs portfolios of the government.  

The Modi government’s rejig comes ahead of assembly polls in Uttar Pradesh, Punjab, Uttarakhand, Goa and Manipur, that are likely to be held early next year.

Former Congress leader turned BJP Rajya Sabha MP Jyotiraditya Scindia, has also been assigned a chance to work at the Centre.

Pashupati Kumar Paras, who was the mastermind behind the LJP coup  last month, has also been included in the Modi cabinet as the party representative.

According to reports, at least 8 ministers are from the ST community, 12 from the SC community and 27 from the OBC. A total of 11 women have also been included in Modi’s new cabinet.

List Of Members

Cabinet Ministers

1. Raj Nath Singh Minister of Defence
2. Amit Shah Minister of Home Affairs; and

Minister of Cooperation

3. Nitin Jairam Gadkari Minister of Road Transport and Highways
4. Nirmala Sitharaman Minister of Finance; and

Minister of Corporate Affairs

5. Narendra Singh Tomar Minister of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare
6. Dr. Subrahmanyam Jaishankar Minister of External Affairs
7. Arjun Munda Minister of Tribal Affairs
8. Smriti Zubin Irani Minister of Women and Child Development
9. Piyush Goyal Minister of Commerce and Industry;

Minister of Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution; and

Minister of Textiles

10. Dharmendra Pradhan Minister of Education; and

Minister of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship

11. Pralhad Joshi Minister of

Parliamentary Affairs;

Minister of Coal; and

Minister of Mines

12. Narayan Tatu Rane Minister of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises
13. Sarbananda Sonowal Minister of Ports, Shipping and Waterways; and

Minister of AYUSH

14. Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi Minister of Minority Affairs
15. Dr. Virendra Kumar Minister of Social Justice and Empowerment
16. Giriraj Singh Minister of Rural Development; and

Minister of Panchayati Raj

17. Jyotiraditya M. Scindia Minister of Civil Aviation
18. Ramchandra Prasad Singh Minister of Steel
19. Ashwini Vaishnaw Minister of Railways;

Minister of Communications; and

Minister of Electronics and Information Technology

20. Pashu Pati Kumar Paras Minister of Food Processing Industries
21. Gajendra Singh Shekhawat Minister of Jal Shakti
22. Kiren Rijiju Minister of Law and Justice
23. Raj Kumar Singh Minister of Power; and

Minister of New and Renewable Energy

24. Hardeep Singh Puri Minister of Petroleum and Natural Gas; and

Minister of Housing and Urban Affairs

25. Mansukh Mandaviya Minister of Health and Family Welfare; and

Minister of Chemicals and Fertilizers

26. Bhupender Yadav Minister of Environment, Forest and Climate Change; and

Minister of Labour and Employment

27. Dr. Mahendra Nath Pandey Minister of Heavy Industries
28. Parshottam Rupala Minister of Fisheries, Animal Husbandry and Dairying
29. G. Kishan Reddy Minister of Culture;

Minister of Tourism; and

Minister of Development of North Eastern Region

30. Anurag Singh Thakur Minister of Information and Broadcasting; and

Minister of Youth Affairs and Sports

Ministers of State (Independent Charge)

1. Rao Inderjit Singh Minister of State (Independent Charge) of the Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation;

Minister of State (Independent Charge) of the Ministry of Planning; and

Minister of State in the Ministry of Corporate Affairs

2. Dr. Jitendra Singh Minister of State (Independent Charge) of the Ministry of Science and Technology;

Minister of State (Independent Charge) of the Ministry of Earth Sciences;

Minister of State in the Prime Minister’s Office;

Minister of State in the Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions;

Minister of State in the Department of Atomic Energy; and

Minister of State in the Department of Space

 

Ministers of State

1. Shripad Yesso Naik Minister of State in the Ministry of Ports, Shipping and Waterways; and

Minister of State in the Ministry of Tourism

2. Faggansingh Kulaste Minister of State in the Ministry of Steel; and

Minister of State in the Ministry of Rural Development

3. Prahalad Singh Patel Minister of State in the Ministry of Jal Shakti; and

Minister of State in the Ministry of Food Processing Industries

4. Ashwini Kumar Choubey Minister of State in the Ministry of Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution; and

Minister of State in the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change

5. Arjun Ram Meghwal Minister of State in the Ministry of Parliamentary Affairs; and

Minister of State in the Ministry of Culture

6. General (Retd.) V. K. Singh Minister of State in the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways; and

Minister of State in the Ministry of Civil Aviation

7. Krishan Pal Minister of State in the Ministry of Power; and

Minister of State in the Ministry of Heavy Industries

8. Danve Raosaheb Dadarao Minister of State in the Ministry of Railways;

Minister of State in the Ministry of Coal; and

Minister of State in the Ministry of Mines

9. Ramdas Athawale Minister of State in the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment
10. Sadhvi Niranjan Jyoti Minister of State in the Ministry of Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution; and

Minister of State in the Ministry of Rural Development

11. Dr. Sanjeev Kumar Balyan Minister of State in the Ministry of Fisheries, Animal Husbandry and Dairying
12. Nityanand Rai Minister of State in the Ministry of Home Affairs
13. Pankaj Chaowdhary Minister of State in the Ministry of Finance
14. Anupriya Singh Patel Minister of State in the Ministry of Commerce and Industry
15. Prof. S. P. Singh Baghel Minister of State in the Ministry of Law and Justice
16. Rajeev Chandrasekhar Minister of State in the Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship; and

Minister of State in the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology

17. Sushri Shobha Karandlaje Minister of State in the Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare
18. Bhanu Pratap Singh Verma Minister of State in the Ministry of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises
19. Darshana Vikram Jardosh Minister of State in the Ministry of Textiles; and

Minister of State in the Ministry of Railways

20. V. Muraleedharan Minister of State in the Ministry of External Affairs; and

Minister of State in the Ministry of Parliamentary Affairs

21. Meenakashi Lekhi Minister of State in the Ministry of External Affairs; and

Minister of State in the Ministry of Culture

22. Som Parkash Minister of State in the Ministry of Commerce and Industry
23. Renuka Singh Saruta Minister of State in the Ministry of Tribal Affairs
24. Rameswar Teli Minister of State in the Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas; and

Minister of State in the Ministry of Labour and Employment

25. Kailash Choudhary Minister of State in the Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare
26. Annpurna Devi Minister of State in the Ministry of Education
27. A. Narayanaswamy Minister of State in the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment
28. Kaushal Kishore Minister of State in the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs
29. Ajay Bhatt Minister of State in the Ministry of Defence; and

Minister of State in the Ministry of Tourism

30. B. L. Verma Minister of State in the Ministry of Development of North Eastern Region; and

Minister of State in the Ministry of Cooperation

31. Ajay Kumar Minister of State in the Ministry of Home Affairs
32. Devusinh Chauhan Minister of State in the Ministry of Communications
33. Bhagwanth Khuba Minister of State in the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy; and

Minister of State in the Ministry of Chemicals and Fertilizers

34. Kapil Moreshwar Patil Minister of State in the Ministry of Panchayati Raj
35. Sushri Pratima Bhoumik Minister of State in the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment
36. Dr. Subhas Sarkar Minister of State in the Ministry of Education
37. Dr. Bhagwat Kishanrao Karad Minister of State in the Ministry of Finance
38. Dr. Rajkumar Ranjan Singh Minister of State in the Ministry of External Affairs; and

Minister of State in the Ministry of Education

39. Dr. Bharati Pravin Pawar Minister of State in the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare
40. Bishweswar Tudu Minister of State in the Ministry of Tribal Affairs; and

Minister of State in the Ministry of Jal Shakti

41. Shantanu Thakur Minister of State in the Ministry of Ports, Shipping and Waterways
42. Dr. Munjapara Mahendrabhai Minister of State in the Ministry of Women and Child Development; and

Minister of State in the Ministry of AYUSH

43. John Barla Minister of State in the Ministry of Minority Affairs
44. Dr. L. Murugan Minister of State in the Ministry of Fisheries, Animal Husbandry and Dairying; and

Minister of State in the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting

45. Nisith Pramanik Minister of State in the Ministry of Home Affairs; and

Minister of State in the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports

Ministers Who Left The Modi Government

Before the cabinet expansion, a dozen ministers including the union education minister Ramesh Pokhriyal and health minister Dr. Harsh Vardhan resigned. Apart from Pokhriyal and Vardhan, Ministers of State (MoS) for Health Ashwini Choudhary, Women and Child Development Minister Debosree Chowdhury, Fertilizers and Chemicals Minister Sadananda Gowda, MoS for Labor Santosh Gangwar, MoS for Education Sanjay Dhotre, Babul Supriyo, MoS for Animal Husbandry Pratap Sarangi and MoS for Jal Shakti and Social Justice and Empowerment Ratan Lal Kataria were among the ministers who resigned from the Modi cabinet.

Union Social Justice Minister Thawar Chand Gehlot quit his position on Tuesday itself. He has been appointed as the Governor of Karnataka.

Opposition’s Reaction

The Congress reacted amid Modi’s cabinet reshuffle saying that if performance is criteria for resignation, then the PM should resign too.  Congress national spokesperson Randeep Surjewala took a jibe at the government and said that if performance and governance were the criteria of the rejig then Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, Home Minister Amit Shah and Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman too should be fired.

“The resignations of the Union Health Minister and the MoS (Minister of State) Health is a candid confession that the Modi government has utterly failed in managing the pandemic,”  tweeted senior congress leader P. Chidambaram.

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