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:
Piyush Goyal Holds Meeting With Textile Representatives
Piyush Goyal, given the charge of the Ministry of Commerce and Industry; Ministry of Consumber Affairs, Food and Public Distribution; and Ministry of Textiles informed that he had held a series of review meetings with textile industry representatives in Mumbai to develop the sector’s value chain.
Held a series of review meetings of @TexMinIndia with Textile Industry representatives in Mumbai to develop the sector’s value chain. It will enable:👨🏻🌾Benefit to Cotton Farmers
💰Attracting Private Investment
📈Increased Share of Exports
🏭 Greater Ease of Doing Business pic.twitter.com/XbN51Bm5ck
— Piyush Goyal (@PiyushGoyal) July 10, 2021
Dharmendra Pradhan Reviews Functioning of Literacy Department
Dharmendra Pradhan, given the charge of Ministry of Education; and the Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship held a review meeting of the functioning of school education and discussed initiatives on school education, NEP and digitisation, he said in a tweet:
Reviewed the functioning of school education and literacy department. Discussed initiatives related to strengthening school education including implementation of NEP, digitisation, teacher’s capacity building, convergence with skills to make our school education future ready. pic.twitter.com/wsLQP7nehD— Dharmendra Pradhan (@dpradhanbjp) July 10, 2021
Narayan Rane Reviews MSME Schemes
Former Shiv Sena leader Narayan Rane, who took charge as the new Union MSME (micro, small and medium enterprises) Minister. Rane had earlier said the ministry will work in the direction of creating more jobs and promoting GDP growth. “Today, I have taken the charge. We will think of steps to promote GDP growth and the creation of jobs for youth," he had told reporters.
“All Schemes of MSME Department were reviewed in maiden meeting. After witnessing the Presentation and discussion on all schemes, instructed to Increase the speed of implementation and scope of schemes," Rane said in a tweet on Saturday.
All Schemes of MSME Department were reviewed in maiden meeting. After witnessing the Presentation and discussion on all schemes, instructed to Increase the speed of implementation and scope of schemes.@narendramodi @PMOIndia @minmsme— Narayan Rane (@MeNarayanRane) July 9, 2021
Dr Virendra Kumar Holds Review Meet
Veteran parliamentarian Dr Virendra Kumar, who took office as the country’s new Social Justice and Empowerment Minister, held a review meeting with officials on Friday.
माननीय सामाजिक और अधिकारिता मंत्री डॉ. वीरेंद्र कुमार द्वारा आज दिनांक ९/७/२०२१ को राज्य मंत्रियो एवं उच्च अधिकारीयोंके साथ बैठक की गयी pic.twitter.com/AoSLB5isZ5— Ministry of SJ&E (@MSJEGOI) July 9, 2021
RCP Singh Holds Meet
Ramchandra Prasad Singh, who is in charge of the Ministry of Steel, held a meeting with officials on Thursday.
माननीय केंद्रीय इस्पात मंत्री श्री @RCP_Singh जी @SAILsteel की अध्यक्षा श्रीमती सोमा मंडल एवं अन्य बोर्ड सदस्यों से भेंट की।#केंद्रीयमंत्री #Ispat #इस्पातमंत्री #इस्पात #steel #steelminister pic.twitter.com/hu0WWK7ucl— Ministry of Steel (@SteelMinIndia) July 8, 2021
Ashwini Vaishnaw Holds Meet on Progress of National Supercomputing Mission
Bureaucrat-entrepreneur-turned-politician Ashwini Vaishnaw, 51, took charge as the country’s new Railway Minister, and also holds two other important portfolios of Communications and Electronics and Information Technology. The minister on Saturday held a review meeting on CDAC and its progress on National Supercomputing Mission and other programs and services:
Took a review meeting today along with my colleague Shri @rajeev_mp on CDAC and its progress on National Supercomputing Mission and other programs & services with @SecretaryMEITY and other officers in @GoI_MeitY pic.twitter.com/ws8rWtwW7o— Ashwini Vaishnaw (@AshwiniVaishnaw) July 10, 2021
Hardeep Singh Puri
Hardeep Singh Puri, who holds the charge of Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas, and the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs revealed in a series of tweets the work already put in motion by him.
Joined my colleague Sh @Rameswar_Teli Ji during my meeting with Sh Vincent H Pala Ji, MP from Shillong.Among other matters pertaining to development of India’s North-East Region we also also discussed issues pertaining to flagship urban missions in his constituency. pic.twitter.com/AlB2OAucun
— Hardeep Singh Puri (@HardeepSPuri) July 10, 2021
Discussed ways of further strengthening mutual cooperation between our two countries in the hydrocarbon sector during a warm courtesy call with Qatar’s Minister of State for Energy Affairs who is also the President & CEO of @qatarpetroleum HE Saad Sherida Al-Kaabi. pic.twitter.com/KEg3rfR0Uk— Hardeep Singh Puri (@HardeepSPuri) July 10, 2021
— Hardeep Singh Puri (@HardeepSPuri) July 10, 2021
The Union Cabinet Minister of Fisheries, Animal Husbandry and Dairying, Parshottam Rupala, virtually launched Jingles on Domestic Fish Consumption on Saturday.
Attended celebrations on the occasion of National Fish Farmers Day 10th July 2021 and virtually launched 1- Jingles on Domestic Fish Consumption and 2- Announcement of “Taglines Contest Winners” on Domestic Fish Consumption. (Part-1) pic.twitter.com/dopz7oW0nD— Parshottam Rupala (@PRupala) July 10, 2021
Minister of Culture, Tourism and DoNER G Kishan Reddy also assumed charge, and conducted his first ministerial review meeting of the Ministry of Development of Northeastern region on Saturday morning at the Vigyan Bhavan.
“Joined by my MoS colleague Shri B.L. Verma, we were briefed extensively by senior officials and officers of the ministry. Looking forward to serve our people from North Eastern," he said in a tweet.
Anurag Thakur: ‘We’re Geared Up’
Anurag Thakur, put in charge of the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, and the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports held review meetings on Saturday.
“We’re geared up, ready for a sprint or marathon - depending on the road ahead! Looking forward to a Team🇮🇳India spirit as we aim for a quantum leap under PM @narendramodi jis leadership," Thakur said in a tweet.
Union Minister of Tribal Affairs Arjun Munda on Saturday shared a video on the positive impact of the Pradhan Mantri Van Dhan Yojana.
Ministers Take Charge Post Cabinet Rehaul
Several ministers, who took charge after a major Cabinet reshuffle, had on Thursday hailed Prime Minister Narendra Modi for his leadership and vowed to realise his vision for the country. Newly appointed Union ministers and those elevated in the Cabinet reshuffle, including Ashwini Vaishnaw, Anurag Thakur and Mansukh Mandaviya, took charge of their respective ministries on Thursday.
Bureaucrat-entrepreneur-turned-politician Vaishnaw, took charge as the country’s new railway minister, while Thakur who was elevated as Information and Broadcasting Minister also assumed office. Bhupender Yadav assumed charge of the Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change and as the Labour Minister.
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.