Prime Minister Narendra Modi not only expanded his Cabinet but also effected a major redistribution of portfolios. Indian Govt has 19 new faces in his Union Council of Ministers:-
P P Chaudhary, Subhash Ramrao Bhamre, M J Akbar, Arjun Ram Meghwal, Anil Madhav Dave, Ramesh Jigajinagi, Parshottam Rupala, Jasvantsinh Bhabhor, Mahendra Nath Pandey, Faggan Kulaste, Vijay Goel, Anupriya Patel, Mansukh Mandaviya, S S Ahluwalia, Rajen Gohain, C R Chaudhary, Ajay Tamta, Ramdas Athawale and Krishna Raj.
The 19 new Ministers are from 10 States. The new faces in Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s council of ministers come mainly from Uttar Pradesh, Gujarat and Maharashtra. The cabinet reshuffle followed a hard-eyed performance appraisal by Modi of each minister’s work. Junior environment minister Prakash Javadekar takes over from Irani at the Human Resource Development Ministry. The new environment minister in place of Javadekar is Anil Madhav Dave.
Smriti Irani lost her important portfolio Human Resource Development Ministry to Prakash Javadekar, the lone minister promoted to Cabinet rank. Irani has been allotted Textiles, for which the Cabinet cleared a Rs 6,000-crore package just a fortnight ago.
The reason of the expansion is a ‘vote garnering exercise’ looking at election-going States and a panic reaction against declining political graph of BJP in UP, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan and Gujarat.
Major Highlights of this Reshuffle/Changes
- In a major reshuffle, Smriti Irani lost the Ministry of Human Resource Development to Prakash Javadekar.
- Smriti Irani has been moved to the Textile Ministry.
- Parliamentary Affairs Minister Venkaiah Naidu assigned Information and Broadcasting Ministry.
- Former Congress member and now Rajya Sabha MP MJ Akbar was rewarded with the post of MoS Ministry of External Affairs.
- Communications and Information Technology Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad assigned Law Ministry.
- The much-awaited Cabinet reshuffle took place at the Rashtrapati Bhavan on Tuesday, with 20 ministers taking oath.
- Five names were dropped from the earlier cabinet.
- The top four central ministries — Home, Finance, Defence and External Affairs — did not see any change.
- All new joinees are from the BJP, except Ramdas Athawale and Anupriya Patel.