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Union Council of Ministers of India

  • Sep 6th, 2017

There has been a major Cabinet reshuffle of several BJP Ministers for the third time in three years of the Modi government ahead of the 2019 general elections. Here is all you need to know about the new faces sworn-in by the newly-elected President Ram Nath Kovind, at the Rashtrapati Bhawan.

Four Ministers of State have been promoted to join the Union Council of Ministers at the Centre. 

Nirmala Sitharaman

■ Nirmala Sitharaman: She becomes the nation’s second woman Defence Minister (after Indira Gandhi). A Rajya Sabha member from Karnataka, Sitharaman formerly served as a Minister of State for Finance and Corporate Affairs under the Ministry of Finance and the Ministry of Commerce and Industry (Independent charge). Before that, she was the national spokesperson for BJP.

Dharmendra-Pradhan

■ Dharmendra Pradhan: Petroleum Minister Dharmendra Pradhan gets additional charge of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship Ministry. He has emerged as the party’s face in Odisha and become one of its visible leaders as BJP has highlighted the “success” of Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana (free LPG connections to the poor) in its political campaigns. 

Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi

■ Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi: Minority Affairs Minister Naqvi has been promoted to the cabinet rank. His focus on key programmes such as those relating to education in the minority ministry have paid off. He is also the vice president of BJP.

 

 

Piyush Goyal

■ Piyush Goyal: He will be the new Railway Minister, and also heads the Coal portfolio. As a Minister of State with independent charge for power, coal, new and renewable energy and mines, is widely credited with astutely steering the Centre’s rural electrification agenda and turning around the coal sector. 

 

The third cabinet expansion also includes 9 new members out of which four are former administrators. The nine new Ministers of State are:

Shiv Pratap Shukla BJP Rajya Sabha MP from Uttar Pradesh

MoS: Ministry of Finance

Ashwini Kumar Choube BJP Lok Sabha MP from Buxar, Bihar

MoS: Ministry of Health and Family Welfare

Virendra Kumar Khatik BJP Lok Sabha MP from Tikamgarh, Madhya Pradesh

MoS: Ministry of Women and Child Development

MoS: Ministry of Minority Affairs.

Anantkumar Hegde BJP Lok Sabha MP from Uttara Kannada, Karnataka

MoS: Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship

R K Singh Former IAS officer and BJP Lok Sabha MP from Arrah, Bihar

MoS (Independent Charge): Ministry of Power

MoS (Independent Charge): Ministry of New and Renewable Energy.

Hardeep Singh Puri Former IFS (Indian Foreign Services) officer MoS (Independent Charge): Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs.
Gajendra Singh Shekhawat BJP Lok Sabha MP from Jodhpur, Rajasthan MoS: Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare
Satyapal Singh Former IPS officer, BJP Lok Sabha MP from Baghpat, UP

MoS: Ministry of Human Resource Development

MoS: Ministry of Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation

K J Alphons Former IAS officer, BJP National Executive Member from Kerela

MoS (Independent Charge): Ministry of Tourism

MoS: Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology

 

There have also been some changes in the departments previously held by some of the ministers:

Name of the Minister

Previous Office

Present Office

Suresh Prabhu

Railway Ministry

Ministry of Commerce and Industry

Rajyavardhan Rathore

Ministry of State for Information and Broadcasting

Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports (Independent Charge)

Uma Bharti

Ministry of Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation

Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation

Nitin Gadkari

Ministry of Road Transport and Highways;

Ministry of Shipping

Ministry of Road Transport and Highways

Ministry of Shipping

Ministry of Water Resources, River Development, and Ganga Rejuvenation.


Understanding the structure of Union Council of Ministers of India.

There are five categories of council of ministers as given below, in descending order of rank:

  • Prime Minister
  • Deputy Prime Minister (if any): presides as Prime Minister in his absence or as the senior most cabinet minister.
  • Cabinet Minister: Leads a ministry
  • Minister of State (Independent Charges): Junior minister but not reporting to a cabinet minister
  • Minister of State (MoS): Junior Minister reporting to a Cabinet Minister, usually tasked with a specific responsibility in that ministry

COMPLETE LIST OF COUNCIL OF MINISTERS (As on 6th Sep 2017)

Shri Narendra Modi

Prime Minister and also in-charge of:

Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions

Department of Atomic Energy

Department of Space

All important policy issues

All other portfolios not allocated to any Minister

CABINET MINISTERS

1.

Shri Raj Nath Singh

Minister of Home Affairs.

2.

Smt. Sushma Swaraj

Minister of External Affairs.

3.

Shri Arun Jaitley

Minister of Finance; and

Minister of Corporate Affairs.

4.

Shri Nitin Jairam Gadkari

Minister of Road Transport and Highways;

Minister of Shipping; and

Minister of Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation.

5.

Shri Suresh Prabhu

Minister of Commerce and Industry.

6.

Shri D.V. Sadananda Gowda

Minister of Statistics and Programme Implementation.

7.

Sushri Uma Bharati

Minister of Drinking Water and Sanitation.

8.

Shri Ramvilas Paswan

Minister of Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution.

9.

Smt. Maneka Sanjay Gandhi

Minister of Women and Child Development.

10.

Shri Ananthkumar

Minister of Chemicals and Fertilizers; and

Minister of Parliamentary Affairs.

11.

Shri Ravi Shankar Prasad

Minister of Law and Justice; and

Minister of Electronics and Information Technology.

12.

Shri Jagat Prakash Nadda

Minister of Health and Family Welfare.

13.

Shri Ashok Gajapathi Raju Pusapati

Minister of Civil Aviation.

14.

Shri Anant Geete

Minister of Heavy Industries and Public Enterprises.

15.

Smt. Harsimrat Kaur Badal

Minister of Food Processing Industries.

16.

Shri Narendra Singh Tomar

Minister of Rural Development;

Minister of Panchayati Raj; and

Minister of Mines.

17.

Shri Chaudhary Birender Singh

Minister of Steel.

18.

Shri Jual Oram

Minister of Tribal Affairs.

19.

Shri Radha Mohan Singh

Minister of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare.

20.

Shri Thaawar Chand Gehlot

Minister of Social Justice and Empowerment.

21.

Smt. Smriti Zubin Irani

Minister of Textiles; and

Minister of Information and Broadcasting.

22.

Dr. Harsh Vardhan

Minister of Science and Technology;

Minister of Earth Sciences; and

Minister of Environment, Forest and Climate Change.

23.

Shri Prakash Javadekar

Minister of Human Resource Development.

24.

Shri Dharmendra Pradhan

Minister of Petroleum and Natural Gas; and

Minister of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship.

25.

Shri Piyush Goyal

Minister of Railways; and

Minister of Coal.

26.

Smt. Nirmala Sitharaman

Minister of Defence.

27.

Shri Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi

Minister of Minority Affairs.

MINISTERS OF STATE (INDEPENDENT CHARGE) 

1.

Rao Inderjit Singh

Minister of State (Independent Charge) of the Ministry of Planning; and

Minister of State in the Ministry of Chemicals and Fertilizers.

2.

Shri Santosh Kumar Gangwar

Minister of State (Independent Charge) of the Ministry of Labour and Employment.

3.

Shri Shripad Yesso Naik

Minister of State (Independent Charge) of the Ministry of Ayurveda, Yoga and Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha and Homoeopathy (AYUSH).

4.

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.

5.

Dr. Mahesh Sharma

Minister of State (Independent Charge) of the Ministry of Culture; and

Minister of State in the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change.

6.

Shri Giriraj Singh

Minister of State (Independent Charge) of the Ministry of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises.

7.

Shri Manoj Sinha

Minister of State (Independent Charge) of the Ministry of Communications; and

Minister of State in the Ministry of Railways.

8.     

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.

9. Shri Raj Kumar Singh

Minister of State (Independent Charge) of the Ministry of Power; and

Minister of State (Independent Charge) of the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy.

10. Shri Hardeep Singh Puri Minister of State (Independent Charge) of the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs.
11. Shri 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

1.

Shri Vijay Goel

Minister of State in the Ministry of Parliamentary Affairs; and

Minister of State in the Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation.

2.

Shri Radhakrishnan P.

Minister of State in the Ministry of Finance; and

Minister of State in the Ministry of Shipping.

3.

Shri S.S. Ahluwalia

Minister of State in the Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation.

4.

Shri Ramesh Chandappa Jigajinagi

Minister of State in the Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation.

5.

Shri Ramdas Athawale

Minister of State in the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment.

6.

Shri Vishnu Deo Sai

Minister of State in the Ministry of Steel.

7.

Shri Ram Kripal Yadav

Minister of State in the Ministry of Rural Development.

8.

Shri Hansraj Gangaram Ahir

Minister of State in the Ministry of Home Affairs.

9.

Shri Haribhai Parthibhai Chaudhary

Minister of State in the Ministry of Mines; and

Minister of State in the Ministry of Coal.

10.

Shri Rajen Gohain

Minister of State in the Ministry of Railways.

11.

General (Retd.) V. K. Singh

Minister of State in the Ministry of External Affairs.

12.

Shri Parshottam Rupala

Minister of State in the Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare; and

Minister of State in the Ministry of Panchayati Raj.

13.

Shri Krishan Pal

Minister of State in the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment.

14.

Shri Jaswantsinh Sumanbhai Bhabhor

Minister of State in the Ministry of Tribal Affairs.

15.

Shri Shiv Pratap Shukla

Minister of State in the Ministry of Finance.

16.

Shri Ashwini Kumar Choubey

Minister of State in the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare.

17.

Shri Sudarshan Bhagat

Minister of State in the Ministry of Tribal Affairs.

18.

Shri Upendra Kushwaha

Minister of State in the Ministry of Human Resource Development.

19.

Shri Kiren Rijiju

Minister of State in the Ministry of Home Affairs.

 20.

Dr. Virendra Kumar

Minister of State in the Ministry of Women and Child Development; and

Minister of State in the Ministry of Minority Affairs.

21.

Shri Anantkumar Hegde

Minister of State in the Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship.

22.

Shri M. J. Akbar

Minister of State in the Ministry of External Affairs.

23.

Sadhvi Niranjan Jyoti

Minister of State in the Ministry of Food Processing Industries.

24.

Shri Y. S. Chowdary

Minister of State in the Ministry of Science and Technology; and

Minister of State in the Ministry of Earth Sciences.

25.

Shri Jayant Sinha

Minister of State in the Ministry of Civil Aviation.

26.

Shri Babul Supriyo

Minister of State in the Ministry of Heavy Industries and Public Enterprises.

27.

Shri Vijay Sampla

Minister of State in the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment.

28.

Shri Arjun Ram Meghwal

Minister of State in the Ministry of Parliamentary Affairs; and

Minister of State in the Ministry of Water Resources,
River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation.

29.

Shri Ajay Tamta

Minister of State in the Ministry of Textiles.

30.

Smt. Krishna Raj

Minister of State in the Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare.

31.

Shri Mansukh L. Mandaviya

Minister of State in the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways;

Minister of State in the Ministry of Shipping; and

Minister of State in the Ministry of Chemicals and Fertilizers.

32.

Smt. Anupriya Patel

Minister of State in the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare.

33.

Shri C.R. Chaudhary

Minister of State in the Ministry of Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution; and

Minister of State in the Ministry of Commerce and Industry.

34.

Shri P.P. Chaudhary

Minister of State in the Ministry of Law and Justice; and

Minister of State in the Ministry of Corporate Affairs.

35.

Dr. Subhash Ramrao Bhamre

Minister of State in the Ministry of Defence.

36.

Shri Gajendra Singh Shekhawat

Minister of State in the Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare.

37.

Dr. Satya Pal Singh

Minister of State in the Ministry of Human Resource Development; and

Minister of State in the Ministry of Water Resources,
River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation.


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