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Cabinet Reshuffle: Ravi Shankar Prasad, Harsh Vardhan, Ramesh Pokhriyal Among 12 Big-Ticket Resignations

File photo of Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad (Image: PTI)

File photo of Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad (Image: PTI)

With these ministers on their way out, the Health ministry, the HRD ministry, the Telecom Ministry and the Law ministry will get new faces.

Ahead of the announcement of the new cabinet, President Ram Nath Kovind, as advised by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, has accepted the resignations of the following members of the Council of Ministers, his office said in an official statement.

The full list of outgoing ministers: 

1. D.V. Sadananda Gowda

2. Ravi Shankar Prasad

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3. Thaawarchand Gehlot

4. Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’

5. Dr. Harsh Vardhan

6. Prakash Javadekar

7. Santosh Kumar Gangwar

8. Babul Supriyo

9. Dhotre Sanjay Shamrao

10. Rattan Lal Kataria

11. Pratap Chandra Sarangi

12. Sushri Debasree Chaudhuri

Among these big-ticket resignations, IT Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad’s is perhaps the most surprising. With these ministers on their way out, the Health ministry, the HRD ministry, the Telecom Ministry and the Law ministry will get new faces.

Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank, Santosh Gangwar- were the first to quit the Union Cabinet, followed by Debasree Chauduri, Sanjay Dhotre, Rao Saheb Dhanve Patil, Harsh Vardhan, Sadanand Gowda, Ashwini Chaube, Ratan Lal Kataria, Babul Supriyo and Pratap Chandra Sarangi.

Nishank- Union Education Minister and Santosh Gangwar- Union Labour Minister and both have reportedly given health reasons in their resignation letters. Gangwar is said to have paid for his ministry’s poor handling of the migrants during the Covid-19 triggered lockdown and massive job crisis during the pandemic.

Pokhriyal, who tested positive for COVID-19 on April 21, was admitted to AIIMS in June again following post-Covid complications. He has resigned from his post citing health reasons. The former Uttarakhand chief minister took charge as the HRD Minister in May 2019.

Dhotre, who represents Akola constituency of Maharashtra also took charge as MoS for Education, Communications and Electronics and Information Technology, in May 2019. Sadanand Gowda- Union Minister of Chemicals and Fertilizers, Harsh Vardhan- Union Minister of Health and Family Welfare, Ashwini Chaube- MoS Health and Pratap Chandra Sarangi- (MoS) Animal Husbandry, Dairying and Fisheries and MSME tendered their resignations.

Union Chemicals and Fertilizers Minister D V Sadananda Gowda confirmed his decision to step down. Besides being the chemicals and fertilizers minister in the Narendra Modi government, Gowda has also held portfolios like Railways, Law, Statistics and Programme Implementation.

Jyotiraditya Scindia, Sarbananda Sonowal, Narayan Rane, Bhupendra Yadav and Meenakshi Lekhi are set to join the government, said sources, as they were among ministers who visited PM Modi’s residence today.

This is the first revamp of the Council of Ministers since PM Modi started his second term in May 2019.

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