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Scindia Gets Aviation, Ashwini Vaishnaw Rlys: PM Modi's Carefully-crafted Cabinet | Full List

PM Narendra Modi with minister hopefuls before the reshuffle. (image: News18)

PM Narendra Modi with minister hopefuls before the reshuffle. (image: News18)

The biggest surprise of all is newly-inducted Ashwini Vaishnaw who has been given two meaty portfolios - Railways and IT and Communication.

Effecting a big reset, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday brought in Sarbananda Sonowal, Narayan Rane and Jyotiraditya Scindia as Cabinet ministers while dropping as many as 12 ministers including Health Minister Harsh Vardhan, IT and Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad and I&B Minister Prakash Javadekar. As many as 15 Cabinet ministers, including some new faces, were sworn in at the swearing-in ceremony held in the Darbar Hall of the Rashtrapati Bhawan.

There are 53 union ministries. However, these ministries will be handled only by 30 Cabinet Ministers and two Ministers of State with Independent Charge.

Top government sources say this is being done to bring synergies between ministries that have similar or overlapping domains. Silos between ministries that help achieve a common objective will be broken down and an efficient, whole of government approach will be enabled with the new work allocation.

For example, the Health Ministry and the Ministry of Chemicals and Fertilizers will now be handled by the same minister. Pharmaceuticals and other drugs are essential in the health domain and it made eminent sense to have the same minister handle both portfolios.

Similar approach has been adopted in other domain ministries as well wherever such clubbing was necessary.

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Core team intact

  • PM Modi will oversee the Ministry of Science. The Minister of State (PMO) will be the minister in charge.
  • Home Minister Amit Shah has been given charge of the newly-formed Ministry of Cooperation. He also is the Minister of Home Affairs.
  • Rajnath Singh will continue as the Minister of Defence
  • Nitin Jairam Gadkari will remain the Minister of Road Transport and Highways
  • Nirmala Sitharaman retains Ministry of Finance and Ministry of Corporate Affairs
  • Narendra Singh Tomar is the Minister of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare
  • Dr. Subrahmanyam Jaishankar will also retain the External Affairs ministry
  • Arjun Munda is the Minister of Tribal Affairs.

The big zingers

    • One of the biggest surprises of all is perhaps newly-inducted Ashwini Vaishnaw who has been given meaty portfolios - Railways and IT and Communications; and Electronics and Information Technology.
    • Turncoat Jyotiraditya Scindia has been awarded the Civil aviation Ministry as it needs a young, fresh, dynamic face that can take forward the needs of the country in the context of New India. Scindia will bring in new energy and new ideas to make this sector dynamic and keep up pace with the changing, post-Covid world, sources said.
    • Ministries of Health and Chemical and Fertilisers will be combined and Mansukh Mandaviya has been given the charge.
    • Purshottam Rupala gets dairies and fisheries as he hails from Gujarat, the state with the longest coastline and where the dairy sector has been very advanced. These are also sectors that are close to the Prime Minister’s heart. His experiences in dairies, fisheries will be helpful in his tenure as a Cabinet Minister.
    • Smriti Irani has been given the responsibility of the Women’s Development Welfare Ministry as the GOI aims to put ‘huge focus in the coming months on Women and Child welfare’. She will be assisted by MoS Dr. Munjapara Mahendrabhai who will bring in ‘expert medical knowledge with him’.
    • Dharmendra Pradhan will overlook the combined Ministry of Education, andMinistry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship.
    • In a new and novel move, the Prime Minister has plugged the ministries relating to Urban and housing affairs with petroleum keeping in mind the need to ensure the use of environment-friendly and energy-efficient petrol products in our cities and homes. Hardeep Singh Puri will look after both ministries.
    • Piyush Goyal will keep commerce; he will also hold consumer and food welfare and textiles too. The Commerce, industry, and textile ministries will synergise on exports.
    • Meenakshi Lekhi, who has a background of articulation and interest in India’s civilization and culture, will be MOS in External Affairs and Culture Ministry.
    • Anurag Thakur is the I&B minister and will handle Sports and Youth affairs also.
    • Pashupati Paras gets food processing ministry.
    • Bhupendra Yadav gets Labour ministry and the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate change.
    • G Kishan Reddy will handle the consolidated charge of the Culture Ministry, the Northeast and the tourism department to boost the key revenue generator.
    • Kiren Rijiju has the Law ministry.

UNION COUNCIL OF MINISTERS
Prime Minister
1Narendra ModiPrime Minister and also in-charge of: Ministry of 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
Cabinet Minister
1Raj Nath SinghDefence
2Amit ShahHome Affairs; and Cooperation
3Nitin Jairam GadkariRoad Transport and Highways
4Nirmala SitharamanFinance; and Corporate Affairs
5Narendra Singh TomarAgriculture and Farmers Welfare
6Subrahmanyam JaishankarExternal Affairs
7Arjun MundaTribal Affairs
8Smriti Zubin IraniWomen and Child Development
9Piyush GoyalCommerce and Industry; Consumer   Affairs, Food and Public Distribution; and Textiles
10Dharmendra PradhanEducation; and Skill Development   and Entrepreneurship
11Pralhad JoshiParliamentary Affairs; Coal; and   Mines
12Narayan Tatu RaneMicro, Small and Medium   Enterprises
13Sarbananda SonowalPorts, Shipping and Waterways; and   AYUSH
14Mukhtar Abbas NaqviMinority Affairs
15Virendra KumarSocial Justice and Empowerment
16Giriraj SinghRural Development; and Panchayati   Raj
17Jyotiraditya M. ScindiaCivil Aviation
18Ramchandra Prasad SinghSteel
19Ashwini VaishnawRailways; Communications; and   Electronics and Information Technology
20Pashu Pati Kumar ParasFood Processing Industries
21Gajendra Singh ShekhawatJal Shakti
22Kiren RijijuLaw and Justice
23Raj Kumar SinghPower; and New and Renewable   Energy
24Hardeep Singh PuriPetroleum and Natural Gas; and   Housing and Urban Affairs
25Mansukh MandaviyaHealth and Family Welfare; and   Chemicals and Fertilizers
26Bhupender YadavEnvironment, Forest and Climate   Change; and Labour and Employment
27Mahendra Nath PandeyHeavy Industries
28Parshottam RupalaFisheries, Animal Husbandry and   Dairying
29G. Kishan ReddyCulture; Tourism; and Development   of North Eastern Region
30Anurag Singh ThakurInformation and Broadcasting; and   Youth Affairs and Sports
Minister of State (Independent Charge)
1Rao Inderjit SinghStatistics and Programme Implementation; Planning; and MoS Corporate   Affairs
2Jitendra SinghScience and Technology; Earth Sciences; MoS : Prime Minister’s Office,   Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions, Department of Atomic Energy and   Department of Space
Minister of State
1Shripad Yesso NaikPorts, Shipping and Waterways; and   Tourism
2Faggansingh KulasteSteel; and Rural Development
3Prahalad Singh PatelJal Shakti; and Food Processing   Industries
4Ashwini Kumar ChoubeyConsumer Affairs, Food and Public   Distribution; and Environment, Forest and Climate Change
5Arjun Ram MeghwalParliamentary Affairs; and Culture
6General (Retd.) V. K. SinghRoad Transport and Highways; and   Civil Aviation
7Krishan PalPower; and Heavy Industries
8Danve Raosaheb DadaraoRailways; Coal; and Mines
9Ramdas AthawaleSocial Justice and Empowerment
10Sadhvi Niranjan JyotiConsumer Affairs, Food and Public   Distribution; and Rural Development
11Sanjeev Kumar BalyanFisheries, Animal Husbandry and   Dairying
12Nityanand RaiHome Affairs
13Pankaj ChaowdharyFinance
14Anupriya Singh PatelCommerce and Industry
15Prof. S. P. Singh BaghelLaw and Justice
16Rajeev ChandrasekharSkill Development and   Entrepreneurship; and Electronics and Information Technology
17SuShobha KarandlajeAgriculture and Farmers Welfare
18Bhanu Pratap Singh VermaMicro, Small and Medium   Enterprises
19Darshana Vikram JardoshTextiles; and Railways
20V. MuraleedharanExternal Affairs; and   Parliamentary Affairs
21Meenakashi LekhiExternal Affairs; and Culture
22Som ParkashCommerce and Industry
23Renuka Singh SarutaTribal Affairs
24Rameswar TeliPetroleum and Natural Gas; and   Labour and Employment
25Kailash ChoudharyAgriculture and Farmers Welfare
26Annpurna DeviEducation
27A. NarayanaswamySocial Justice and Empowerment
28Kaushal KishoreHousing and Urban Affairs
29Ajay BhattDefence; and Tourism
30B. L. VermaDevelopment of North Eastern   Region; and Cooperation
31Ajay KumarHome Affairs
32Devusinh ChauhanCommunications
33Bhagwanth KhubaNew and Renewable Energy; and   Chemicals and Fertilizers
34Kapil Moreshwar PatilPanchayati Raj
35SuPratima BhoumikSocial Justice and Empowerment
36Subhas SarkarEducation
37Bhagwat Kishanrao KaradFinance
38Rajkumar Ranjan SinghExternal Affairs; and Education
39Bharati Pravin PawarHealth and Family Welfare
40Bishweswar TuduTribal Affairs; and Jal Shakti
41Shantanu ThakurPorts, Shipping and Waterways
42Munjapara MahendrabhaiWomen and Child Development; and   AYUSH
43John BarlaMinority Affairs
44L. MuruganFisheries, Animal Husbandry and   Dairying; and Information and Broadcasting
45Nisith PramanikHome Affairs; and Youth Affairs   and Sports

  • Nisith Pramanik has been appointed the Minister of State in the Ministry of Home Affairs; and Minister of State in the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports.
  • Pralhad Joshi is the Minister of Parliamentary Affairs, Minister of Coal and the Minister of Mines.
  • Narayan Tatu Rane has the Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises ministry.
  • Sarbananda Sonowal has been made the Minister of Ports, Shipping and Waterways; and the Minister of AYUSH.
  • Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi will handle the Minority Affairs ministry.
  • Dr. Virendra Kumar is the Minister of Social Justice and Empowerment.
  • Giriraj Singh will handle charge of Rural Development and Panchayati Raj
  • Ramchandra Prasad Singh is the Minister of Steel

Ministers of state (Independent charge)

  • 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
  • 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

  • Prahalad Singh Patel - Minister of State in the Ministry of Jal Shakti, andMinister of State in the Ministry of Food Processing Industries
  • 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
  • Arjun Ram Meghwal - Minister of State in the Ministry of Parliamentary Affairs, and Minister of State in the Ministry of Culture
  • General (Retd) VK Singh - Minister of State in the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways, and Minister of State in the Ministry of Civil Aviation
  • Krishan Pal - Minister of State in the Ministry of Power, and Minister of State in the Ministry of Heavy Industries
  • 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
  • Ramdas Athawale - Minister of State in the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment
  • 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
  • Dr. Sanjeev Kumar Balyan - Minister of State in the Ministry of Fisheries, Animal Husbandry and Dairying
  • Nityanand Rai - Minister of State in the Ministry of Home Affairs
  • Pankaj Chaowdhary - Minister of State in the Ministry of Finance
  • Anupriya Singh Patel - Minister of State in the Ministry of Commerce and Industry
  • Prof SP Singh Baghel - Minister of State in the Ministry of Law and Justice
  • 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
  • Shobha Karandlaje - Minister of State in the Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare
  • Bhanu Pratap Singh Verma - Minister of State in the Ministry of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises
  • Darshana Vikram Jardosh - Minister of State in the Ministry of Textiles; andMinister of State in the Ministry of Railways
  • V Muraleedharan - Minister of State in the Ministry of External Affairs; andMinister of State in the Ministry of Parliamentary Affairs
  • Meenakashi Lekhi - Minister of State in the Ministry of External Affairs; andMinister of State in the Ministry of Culture
  • Som Parkash - Minister of State in the Ministry of Commerce and Industry
  • Renuka Singh Saruta - Minister of State in the Ministry of Tribal Affairs
  • Rameswar Teli - Minister of State in the Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas; and Minister of State in the Ministry of Labour and Employment
  • Kailash Choudhary - Minister of State in the Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare
  • Annpurna Devi - Minister of State in the Ministry of Education
  • A. Narayanaswamy - Minister of State in the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment
  • Kaushal Kishore - Minister of State in the Ministry of Housing and Urban AffairsAjay Bhatt - Minister of State in the Ministry of Defence; and Minister of State in the Ministry of Tourism
  • BL Verma - Minister of State in the Ministry of Development of North Eastern Region; and Minister of State in the Ministry of Cooperation
  • Ajay Kumar - Minister of State in the Ministry of Home Affairs
  • Devisinh Chauhan - Minister of State in the Ministry of Communications
  • Bhagwanth Khuba - Minister of State in the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy, and Minister of State in the Ministry of Chemicals and Fertilizers
  • Kapil Moreshwar Patil - Minister of State in the Ministry of Panchayati RajPratima Bhoumik - Minister of State in the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment
  • Dr. Subhas Sarkar - Minister of State in the Ministry of Education
  • Dr. Bhagwat Kishanrao Karad - Minister of State in the Ministry of Finance
  • Dr. Rajkumar Ranjan Singh - Minister of State in the Ministry of External Affairs; and Minister of State in the Ministry of Education
  • Dr. Bharati Pravin Pawar - Minister of State in the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare
  • Bishweswar Tudu - Minister of State in the Ministry of Tribal Affairs; andMinister of State in the Ministry of Jal Shakti
  • Shantanu Thakur - Minister of State in the Ministry of Ports, Shipping and Waterways
  • Dr. Munjapara Mahendrabhai - Minister of State in the Ministry of Women and Child Development; and Minister of State in the Ministry of AYUSH
  • John Barla - Minister of State in the Ministry of Minority Affairs
  • 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
  • Nisith Pramanik - Minister of State in the Ministry of Home Affairs; andMinister of State in the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports

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first published:July 07, 2021, 22:03 IST