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The New Cabinet In India

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Published on July 07, 2021 with No Comments

Cabinet Reshuffle: 36 new ministers joined the government and four high-profile ministers quit today in Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s mega cabinet reboot.

A number of key portfolios — including health, law, Information and Technology and railways — have gone to new ministers and junior ministers who got a promotion in Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Council of Ministers that underwent a reboot today.

The number of cabinet ministers has been boosted from 21 to 30 in the current reshuffle. The number of junior ministers has gone up too, from 23 to 45. There are fewer junior ministers with Independent charge — the figure has dropped from nine to two.

Mansukh Mandaviya has been given the charge of the crucial health ministry. In addition, he would retain the Ministry of Chemical Fertilizers. His junior minister will be Dr Bharati Pawar.

Ashwini Vaishnaw, Rajya Sabha MP from Odisha, has been given the charge of Railways and IT ministry. An MBA from Wharton School, Pennysylvania University and MTech from IIT Kanpur, he has held leadership roles across major global companies such as General Electric and Siemens.

The crucial Law and Justice ministry has gone to Kiren Rijiju.

Jyotiraditya Scindia has been given charge of the Civil Aviation Ministry, which was once handled by his father Madhavrao Scindia.

Anurag Singh Thakur has been given charge of Information and Broadcasting. Additionally, he will handle the Youth Affairs and Sports Ministry.

Sarbananda Sonowal, the former Chief Minister of Assam who handled the Sports and Youth Affairs ministry in the PM Modi’s first government, has been given charge of the Ports, Shipping and Waterways portfolio. He will also handle the Ayush Ministry.

The Education Ministry, vacated by Ramesh Pokhriyal “Nishank”, has gone to Dharmendra Pradhan.

Union Home Minister Amit Shah has got the additional charge of the newly-created Ministry of Cooperation.

Meenakshi Lekhi brings with her a strong background of articulation and interest in India’s civilization and culture, the government said. Accordingly, she will be the Minister of State in External Affairs and the Culture Ministry.

Parshottam Rupala will handle the Dairies and Fisheries portfolios.

Hardeep Singh Puri will be the Minister of Petroleum and Natural Gas, Housing and Urban Affairs.

Pashupati Paras has been given the Food Processing portfolio.

The Environment, Forest and Climate Change and the Labour and Employment ministries have gone to Bhupender Yadav.

G Kishan Reddy will handle the Culture, Tourism and Development of the North Eastern Region portfolios.

 

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