Cabinet reshuffle: Nirmala Sitharaman At Advantage

September 04, 2017 14:42
Cabinet reshuffle: Nirmala Sitharaman At Advantage

PM Modi’s reshuffle of cabinet was due for months now, mostly due to vacancies and shifting alliances. Nine new ministers took oath on Sunday, this is the third reshuffle from the time he took charge. PM met the new ministers before ceremony and told them to perform well and “do a good job”.

Six Ministers resigned to make way for new ministers, sources say that they are sacked based on their performances as PM looks for efficiency ahead of the 2019 National elections when he will seek a second term.

Four Ministers- Piyush Goyal, Nirmala Sitharaman, Dharmendra Pradhan, Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi were elevated to cabinet level. PM has selected new members based on 4P’S Passion, Proficiency, Professional and Political acumen, to deliver on his vision of “A New India”.

Cabinet Ministers:

  • Raj Nath Singh: Minister of Home Affairs.
  • Sushma Swaraj: Minister of External Affairs.
  • Arun Jaitley: Minister of Finance; and Minister of Corporate Affairs.
  • Nitin Jairam Gadkari: Minister of Road Transport and Highways; Minister of Shipping Minister of Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation.
  • Suresh Prabhu: Minister of Commerce and Industry.
  • DV Sadananda Gowda: Minister of Statistics and Programme Implementation.
  • Uma Bharati: Minister of Drinking Water and Sanitation.
  • Ramvilas Paswan: Minister of Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution.
  • Maneka Sanjay Gandhi: Minister of Women and Child Development.
  • Ananthkumar: Minister of Chemicals and Fertilizers; and Minister of Parliamentary Affairs.
  • Ravi Shankar Prasad: Minister of Law and Justice & Minister of Electronics and Information Technology.
  • Jagat Prakash Nadda: Minister of Health and Family Welfare.
  • Ashok Gajapathi Raju Pusapati: Minister of Civil Aviation.
  • Anant Geete: Minister of Heavy Industries and Public Enterprises.
  • Smt. Harsimrat Kaur Badal: Minister of Food Processing Industries.
  • Narendra Singh Tomar: Minister of Rural Development; Minister of Panchayati Raj; and Minister of Mines.
  • Chaudhary Birender Singh: Minister of Steel.
  • Jual Oram: Minister of Tribal Affairs.
  • Radha Mohan Singh: Minister of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare.
  • Thaawar Chand Gehlot: Minister of Social Justice and Empowerment.
  • Smriti Zubin Irani: Minister of Textiles; and Minister of Information and Broadcasting.
  • Dr. Harsh Vardhan: Minister of Science and Technology; Minister of Earth Sciences; and Minister of Environment, Forest and Climate Change.
  • Prakash Javadekar: Minister of Human Resource Development.
  • Dharmendra Pradhan: Minister of Petroleum and Natural Gas; and Minister of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship.
  • Piyush Goyal: Minister of Railways; and Minister of Coal.
  • Nirmala Sitharaman: Minister of Defense.
  • Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi: Minister of Minority Affairs.

Ministers Of State (Independent Charge)

  • Rao Inderjit Singh: Minister of State (Independent Charge) of the Ministry of Planning; and Minister of State in the Ministry of Chemicals and Fertilizers.
  • Santosh Kumar Gangwar: Minister of State (Independent Charge) of the Ministry of Labour and Employment.
  • Shripad Yesso Naik: Minister of State (Independent Charge) of the Ministry of Ayurveda, Yoga and Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha and Homeopathy (AYUSH).
  • Dr. Jitendra Singh: Minister of State (Independent Charge) of the Ministry of Development of North Eastern Region; 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.
  • Dr. Defense Sharma: Minister of State (Independent Charge) of the Ministry of Culture; and Minister of State in the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change.
  • Giriraj Singh: Minister of State (Independent Charge) of the Ministry of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises.
  • Manoj Sinha: Minister of State (Independent Charge) of the Ministry of Communications; and Minister of State in the Ministry of Railways.
  • Col. Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore: Minister of State (Independent Charge) of the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports; and Minister of State in the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting.
  • Raj KumarSingh: Minister of State (Independent Charge) of the Ministry of Power; and Minister of State (Independent Charge) of the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy.
  • Hardeep Singh Puri: Minister of State (Independent Charge) of the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs.
  • Alphons Kannanthanam: Minister of State (Independent Charge) of the Ministry of Tourism; and Minister of State in the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology.

Ministers Of State

  • Vijay Goel: Minister of State in the Ministry of Parliamentary Affairs; Minister of State in the Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation.
  • Radhakrishnan P: Minister of State in the Ministry of Finance; Minister of State in the Ministry of Shipping.
  • SS Ahluwalia: Minister of State in the Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation.
  • Ramesh Chandappa Jigajinagi: Minister of State in the Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation.
  • Ramdas Athawale: Minister of State in the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment.
  • Vishnu Deo Sai: Minister of State in the Ministry of Steel.
  • Ram Kripal Yadav: Minister of State in the Ministry of Rural Development.
  • Hansraj Gangaram Ahir: Minister of State in the Ministry of Home Affairs.
  • Haribhai Parthibhai Chaudhary: Minister of State in the Ministry of Mines; Minister of State in the Ministry of Coal.
  • Rajen Gohain: Minister of State in the Ministry of Railways.
  • VK Singh Minister of State in the Ministry of External Affairs.
  • Parshottam Rupala: Minister of State in the Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare; Minister of State in the Ministry of Panchayati Raj.
  • Krishan Pal: Minister of State in the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment.
  • Jaswantsinh Sumanbhai Bhabhor: Minister of State in the Ministry of Tribal Affairs.
  • Shiv Pratap Shukla: Minister of State in the Ministry of Finance.
  • Ashwini Kumar Choubey: Minister of State in the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare.
  • Sudarshan Bhagat: Minister of State in the Ministry of Tribal Affairs.
  • Upendra Kushwaha: Minister of State in the Ministry of Human Resource Development.
  • Kiren Rijiju: Minister of State in the Ministry of Home Affairs.
  • Virendra Kumar: Minister of State in the Ministry of Women and Child Development; Minister of State in the Ministry of Minority Affairs.
  • Anantkumar Hegde: Minister of State in the Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship.
  • MJ Akbar: Minister of State in the Ministry of External Affairs.
  • Niranjan Jyoti: Minister of State in the Ministry of Food Processing Industries.
  • YS Chowdary: Minister of State in the Ministry of Science and Technology; Minister of State in the Ministry of Earth Sciences.
  • Jayant Sinha: Minister of State in the Ministry of Civil Aviation.
  • Babul Supriyo: Minister of State in the Ministry of Heavy Industries and Public Enterprises.
  • Vijay Sampla: Minister of State in the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment.
  • Arjun Ram Meghwal: Minister of State in the Ministry of Parliamentary Affairs; Minister of State in the Ministry of Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation.
  • Ajay Tamta: Minister of State in the Ministry of Textiles.
  • Krishna Raj: Minister of State in the Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare.
  • Mansukh L Mandaviya: Minister of State in the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways; Minister of State in the Ministry of Shipping; Minister of State in the Ministry of Chemicals and Fertilizers.
  • Anupriya Patel: Minister of State in the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare.
  • CR Chaudhary: Minister of State in the Ministry of Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution; Minister of State in the Ministry of Commerce and Industry.
  • PP Chaudhary: Minister of State in the Ministry of Law and Justice; Minister of State in the Ministry of Corporate Affairs.
  • Subhash Ramrao Bhamre: Minister of State in the Ministry of Defense.
  • Gajendra Singh Shekhawat: Minister of State in the Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare.
  • Satya Pal Singh: Minister of State in the Ministry of Human Resource Development; Minister of State in the Ministry of Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation

Nirmala Sitharaman is the one most benefited from this reshuffle. She is the new Defense Minister and second female Minister for Defense after Indira Gandhi. Amit Shah who was earlier handling both Finance and Defense, left the latter for Nirmala.

She was earlier minister of state for the commerce and industry minister of the country and first independent women to hold the charge of the important portfolio. She took charge at a time when world order is changing at a Swift pace, with tensions in the neighbor hood and the Indian ocean.

By A.s

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