Major changes in the New Council of Ministers

The Modi government has made many important changes to the ministers’ portfolios, some of which may have gone unnoticed


The Narendra Modi government announced the induction of 21 new ministers to the council of ministers on Sunday. However, apart from these inductions, Modi has made extensive changes to the portfolios of existing ministers too, which may have gone unnoticed. While the major changes such as the induction of Manohar Parrikar as the Minister of Defence and Suresh Prabhu as the Railway Minister have caught the headlines, another major change was Arun Jaitley getting additional charge of Information & Broadcasting (I&B) apart from Finance and Corporate Affairs. I&B was earlier held by Prakash Jawadekar. Former Army Chief Minister of State Gen. VK Singh has been moved from Northeast Development to Statistics and Programme Implementation and continues with his earlier portfolio of External Affairs and Overseas Indian Affairs. Nirmala Sitharaman has been divested of her Minister of State position of finance and also corporate affairs. Jayant Sinha, son of former Finance Minister Yashwant Sinha comes in as Minister of State for Finance.



Here is the full list of the latest council of ministers…




1. Rajnath Singh: Home Affairs


2. Sushma Swaraj: External Affairs, Overseas Indian Affairs


3. Arun Jaitley: Finance, Corporate Affairs, Information & Broadcasting


4. M Venkaiah Naidu: Urban Development, Housing and Urban Poverty Alleviation, Parliamentary Affairs


5. Nitin Jairam Gadkari: Road Transport and Highways, Shipping


6. Manohar Parrikar: Defence


7. Suresh Prabhu: Railways


8. DV Sadananda Gowda: Law & Justice


9. Uma Bharati: Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation


10. Dr Najma A Heptulla: Minority Affairs


11. Ramvilas Paswan: Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution


12. Kalraj Mishra: Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises


13. Maneka Sanjay Gandhi: Women and Child Development


14. Ananthkumar: Chemicals and Fertilizers


15. Ravi Shankar Prasad: Communications and Information Technology


16. Jagat Prakash Nadda: Health & Family Welfare


17. Ashok Gajapathi Raju Pusapati: Civil Aviation


18. Anant Geete: Heavy Industries and Public Enterprises


19. Harsimrat Kaur Badal: Food Processing Industries


20. Narendra Singh Tomar: Mines, Steel


21. Chaudhary Birender Singh: Rural Development, Panchayati Raj, Drinking Water and Sanitation


22. Jual Oram: Tribal Affairs


23. Radha Mohan Singh: Agriculture


24. Thaawar Chand Gehlot: Social Justice and Empowerment


25. Smriti Zubin Irani: Human Resource Development


26. Dr Harsh Vardhan: Science and Technology, Earth Sciences




27. Gen VK Singh: Statistics and Programme Implementation (Independent Charge), External Affairs, Overseas Indian Affairs


28. Inderjit Singh Rao: Planning (Independent Charge), Defence


29. Santosh Kumar Gangwar: Textiles (Independent Charge)


30. Bandaru Dattatreya: Labour and Employment (Independent Charge)


31. Rajiv Pratap Rudy: Skill Development & Entrepreneurship (Independent Charge), Parliamentary Affairs


32. Shripad Yesso Naik: AAYUSH (Independent Charge), Health & Family Welfare


33. Dharmendra Pradhan: Petroleum and Natural Gas (Independent Charge)


34. Sarbananda Sonowal: Youth Affairs and Sports (Independent Charge)


35. Prakash Javadekar: Environment, Forest and Climate Change (Independent Charge)


36. Piyush Goyal: Power (Independent Charge), Coal (Independent Charge), New and Renewable Energy (Independent Charge)


37. Dr Jitendra Singh: Development of North Eastern Region (Independent Charge), Prime Minister’s Office, Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions, Department of Atomic Energy, Department of Space


38. Nirmala Sitharaman: Commerce and Industry (Independent Charge)


39. Dr Mahesh Sharma: Culture (Independent Charge), Tourism (Independent Charge), Civil Aviation


40. Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi: Minority Affairs, Parliamentary Affairs


41. Ram Kripal Yadav: Drinking Water & Sanitation


42. Haribhai Parthibhai Chaudhary: Home Affairs


43. Sanwar Lal Jat: Water Resources, River Development & Ganga Rejuvenation


44. Mohanbhai Kalyanjibhai Kundariya: Agriculture


45. Giriraj Singh: Micro, Small & Medium Enterprises


46. Hansraj Gangaram Ahir: Chemicals & Fertilizers


47. GM Siddeshwara: Heavy Industries & Public Enterprises


48. Manoj Sinha: Railways


49. Nihalchand: Panchayati Raj


50. Upendra Kushwaha: Human Resource Development


51. Radhakrishnan P.: Road Transport & Highways, Shipping


52. Kiren Rijiju: Home Affairs


53. Krishan Pal: Social Justice & Empowerment


54. Dr Sanjeev Kumar Balyan: Agriculture


55. Manuskhbhai Dhanjibhai Vasava: Tribal Affairs


56. Raosaheb Dadarao Danve: Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution


57. Vishnu Deo Sai: Mines, Steel


58. Sudarshan Bhagat: Rural Development


59. Prof (Dr) Ram Shankar Katheria: Human Resource Development


60. YS Chowdary: Science and Technology, Earth Science


61. Jayant Sinha: Finance


62. Col Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore: Information & Broadcasting


63. Babul Supria (Babul Supriyo) Baral: Urban Development, Housing and Urban Poverty Alleviation


64. Sadhvi Niranjan Jyoti: Food Processing Industries


65. Vijay Sampla: Social Justice & Empowerment


Laxmikant Parsekar is Goa's new chief minister

Parsekar's name as leader was proposed by outgoing chief minister Parrikar and seconded by deputy CM Francis D'Souza. Parrikar resigned to join Narendra Modi cabinet


Laxmikant Parsekar, the health minister in Manohar Parrikar government is the new chief minister (CM) of Goa. Parsekar's name was proposed by outgoing chief minister Parrikar and seconded by deputy CM Francis D'Souza.


Earlier, Parsekar was elected unanimously at the legislature party meeting of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). This follows resignation from Parrikar as chief minister.


Parrikar is all set to join as minister in the Narendra Modi Cabinet at the Centre. According to reports he may be given charge of the Defence ministry, currently looked after by finance minister Arun Jaitley.


BJP, Shiv Sena bury hatchet, Desai to be in Modi Cabinet

Shiv Sena has sent its Rajya Sabha MP Anil Desai’s name to be included in the Modi Cabinet


Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and Shiv Sena on Saturday appeared to have resolved their differences with the latter deciding to nominate its Rajya Sabha member Anil Desai to be included in the Narendra Modi government on Sunday.


After blowing hot and cold over the last few days, Shiva Sena also looked agreeable to accepting a power-sharing arrangement in Maharashtra.


“Uddhavji (Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray) had initially decided that we will not recommend any name to be included in the Modi Cabinet unless talks at the state level reach a conclusion. “But now since the talks are finally in a conclusive mode, we have changed our stand. Our leader has decided to recommend Anil Desai’s name so he can be included in the Cabinet tomorrow,” a Sena MP told PTI on condition of anonymity.


He said the party leadership will decide the second name to be included in the Modi Ministry by evening.


The Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) had on Thursday asked Shiv Sena to recommend two names to be included in the Union government and the party had said it would be forwarding those the next day.


However, with back channel talks failing to resolve issues between the two parties over power-sharing in Maharashtra, Uddhav had appeared disinclined to nominate any leader to be included in the Union government.


The Shiv Sena MP said talks between the estranged former allies in Maharashtra had reached a ‘conclusive stage’ and a decision on supporting the BJP government during the trust vote scheduled for 12th November will be taken by the party chief on Sunday.


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