By Arpit Gupta
The Union Council of Ministers has been expanded with the induction of 19 new Ministers of State (MoS). Prakash Javadekar, Minister of State with Independent Charge of Environment, Forest and Climate Change has been elevated as Cabinet Minister. The President Pranab Mukherjee administered the oath of office and secrecy to new 20 members of the Council of Ministers at a ceremony held in the Rashtrapati Bhavan today.
Among new members of the Council of Ministers, four MPs are from Rajasthan and three MPs each from Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh and Gujarat.
Prakash Javadekar, who has been elevated to Cabinet rank, gets Human Resource Development (HRD) portfolio.
MoS Faggan Singh Kulaste has been given Health and Family Welfare Department.
SS Ahluwalia has been appointed as Minister of State for Agriculture and Farmers’ Welfare, Parliamentary Affairs Department.
Ramesh Chandappa Jigajinagi has been given Drinking Water and Sanitation Department.
Vijay Goel has been appointed as Minister of State for Youth Affairs and Sports (Independent Charge) Water Resources, River Development & Ganga Rejuvenation.
Ramdas Athawale has been appointed as Minister of State for Social Justice and Empowerment Department.
Anil Madhav Dave has been appointed as Minister of State for Environment, Forest and Climate Change (Independent Charge).
MJ Akbar is the new Minister of State for External Affairs.
Arjun Ram Meghwal has been appointed as Minister of State Finance for Corporate Affairs.
Ajay Tamta has been allotted Textiles Department.
Anupriya Patel appointed Minister of State for Health and Family Welfare.
Rajen Gohain has been appointed as Minister of State Railways.
Parshottam Rupala has been appointed as Minister of State for Agriculture & Farmers Welfare Panchayati Raj.
Jaswantsinh Sumanbhai Bhabhor has been appointed as Minister of State for Tribal Affairs.
Dr. Mahendra Nath Pandey has been appointed as Minister of State for Human Resource Development.
Krishna Raj is the new Minister of State for Women & Child Development.
Mansukh L Mandaviya has been given Road Transport & Highways, Shipping, Chemicals & Fertilizers Department.
C R Chaudhary has been appointed as Minister of State for Consumer Affairs, Food & Public Distribution.
P P Chaudhary has been allotted Law & Justice Electronics & Information Technology Department
and Subhash Ramrao Bhamre has been appointed as Minister of State Defence.
The Council of Ministers now has 77 members. The previous strength of the Government was 63 (after Gopinath Munde died and Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal and BJP Maharashta Chief Rao Saheb Danve quit).
Five Ministers of State have tendered their resignation, leaving 58 Ministers in the earlier batch. The total strength of the Union Council of Ministers has been capped at 82. Those who resigned include:
Sanwar Lal Jat, Minister of State for Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation
Mohanbhai Kalyanjibhai Kundariya, Minister of State for Agriculture and Farmers Welfare
Nihal Chand, Minister of State for Panchayati Raj
Mansukhbhai Dhanjibhai Vasava, Minister of State for Tribal Affairs
Prof. (Dr.) Ram Shankar Katheria, Minister of State for Human Resource Development
After inducting 19 new faces in the Cabinet, Prime Minister Narendra Modi reshuffled portfolios of the key ministers.
Smriti Irani shifted from HRD Ministry to Textiles Ministry.
Finance Minister Arun Jaitley sheds Information and Broadcasting portfolio.
Hansraj Gangaram Ahir is the new Minister of State Home Affairs.
Santosh Kumar Gangwar has been given Finance Department.
Chaudhary Birender Singh has been removed from the Rural Development, now gets Steel Ministry.
Dr Mahesh Sharma gets independent charge of Culture and Tourism Ministries.
Narendra Singh Tomar is the new Rural Development, Panchayati Raj & Drinking Water and Sanitation Minister.
Ananth Kumar is selected as new Parliamentary Affairs Minister. He will also hold the charge of Chemicals and Fertilizers Department.
Jayant Sinha is moved out of Finance to Civil Aviation.
Ravi Shankar Prasad gets additional charge of Law and Justice. He will continue with his old profile as Electronics & Information Technology Minister.
M Venkaiah Naidu has been given the additional charge of Information and Broadcast Minister. He will continue to serve as Union Minister of Urban Development, Housing and Urban Poverty Alleviation.
Sudarshan Bhagat is the new MoS Agriculture and Farmers Welfare.
Manoj Sinha selected as Communications Minister (Independent Charge) and MoS Railways.
D.V. Sadananda Gowda shifted to Statistics and Programme Implementation Department.