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PM Modi's Swanky New Cabinet Gets to Work: 'We're Geared Up, Ready for a Marathon'

PM Narendra Modi's new cabinet (PTI)

PM Narendra Modi's new cabinet (PTI)

Ministers from the power-packed cabinet have also begun to hold meetings and hold action-reviews of their respective charges.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi‘s bigger and bolder cabinet - his first in his second term - is slowly and steadily taking charge. Several ​​members from Modi’s core team of ministers, touted to be the youngest ever, got to work on Saturday disregarding the fact that it was the weekend as India battles the double jeopardy of an ever-evolving pandemic and an economy flailing in its throes.

Amit Shah, put in charge of the newly created Ministry of Cooperatives on Saturday met with officials and said the government was determined to make cooperatives and all cooperative institutions more empowered. Officials said even though Shah has not yet assumed the charge of the ministry of cooperation, he has begun to meet people.

The meeting came three days after Prime Minister Narendra Modi reallocated the portfolios of his ministers. Those who met the Union home minister include chairman of the National Cooperative Union of India Dileep Sanghani, the chairman and the managing director of the Indian Farmers Fertiliser Cooperative Limited (IFFCO) B S Nakai and U S Awasthi respectively and chairman of the National Agricultural Cooperative Marketing Federation of India Ltd (NAFED) Bijender Singh.

Other ministers from the power-packed cabinet have also begun to hold meetings and hold action-reviews of their respective charges:

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Apart from 15 Cabinet ministers, 28 Ministers of State, comprising new faces and those elevated, were sworn in at a ceremony which was held in the Darbar Hall of the Rashtrapati Bhavan.

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first published:July 10, 2021, 21:09 IST