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Modi gives charge of Home Ministry to Amit Shah, Sitharaman gets Finance, Rajnath Defence

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Last Updated: Jun 01, 2019, 05.28 PM IST
Modi Cabinet 2.0: Shah gets Home, Rajnath Defence, Nirmala first woman Finance Minister
Modi Cabinet 2.0: Shah gets Home, Rajnath Defence, Nirmala first woman Finance Minister
Hours after Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his 57-member council of ministers were sworn in by President Ram Nath Kovind yesterday, Modi government today allocated portfolio to his new ministers. Nirmala Sitharama has got the key Finance Ministry and Amit Shah has got Home Ministry while Rajnath Singh has been given the responsibility of Defence Ministry.

The first meeting of the new Union Cabinet will take place later in the evening today. The Union Cabinet for the 17th Lok Sabha includes 24 cabinet ministers, 9 ministers of state with independent charge and 24 Ministers of State (MoS).

Here is the list of portfolios allocated to the new ministers:
PM Narendra ModiMinistry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions; Department of Atomic Energy;
Department of Space; and All important policy issues; and All other portfolios not allocated to any Minister.
Amit Shah
Minister of Home Affairs
Rajnath SinghMinister of Defence
Nitin Gadkari Minister of Road Transport & Highways, Minister of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises
Nirmala SitharamanMinister of Finance
Piyush GoyalMinister of Railways and Commerce and Industry
S JaishankarMinister of External Affairs
Ravi Shankar PrasadMinister of Law; Communication and IT
Ramesh Pokhriyal
Minister of Human Resource Development
Narendra Singh TomarMinister of Agriculture, Rural Development and Panchayati Raj
Smriti IraniMinistry of Women and Child Development; Minister of Textiles.
Ram Vilas PaswwanMinister of Consumer Affairs; Food and Public Distribution
Dharmendra PrasadMinistry of Petroleum and Natural Gas; and Minister of Steel
D.V. Sadananda GowdaMinister of Chemicals and Fertilizers
Harsimrat Kaur BadalMinister of Food Processing Industries
Thaawar Chand GehlotMinister of Social Justice and Empowerment
Arjun MundaMinister of Tribal Affairs
Harsh VardhanMinister of Health and Family Welfare; Minister of Science and Technology; and Minister of Earth Sciences
Prakash JavadekarMinister of Environment, Forest and Climate Change; and Information and Broadcasting
Mukhtar Abbas NaqviMinister of Minority Affairs
Prahlad JoshiMinister of Parliamentary Affairs; Coal; and Minister of Mines
Mahendra Nath PandeyMinister of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship
Arvind Ganpat SawantMinister of Heavy Industries and Public Enterprise
Giriraj SinghMinister of Animal Husbandry, Dairying and Fisheries
Gajendra Singh ShekhawatMinister of Jal Shakti
Ministers of State (Independent Charge)
Santosh Kumar Gangwar Ministry of Labour and Employment
Rao Inderjit Singh Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation; Ministry of Planning
Shripad Yesso Naik Ministry of AYUSH; and MoS Ministry of Defence
Jitendra SinghMinistry of DoNER; PMO; Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions; Department of Atomic Energy; and Department of Space
Kiren RijijuMinistry of Youth Affairs and Sports; and Minority Affairs
Prahalad Singh PatelMinistry of Culture; and Minister of State (Independent Charge) of the Ministry of Tourism
Raj Kumar SinghMinistry of Power; New and Renewable Energy; and Skill Development and Entrepreneurship
Hardeep Singh PuriMinistry of Housing and Urban Affairs; Civil Aviation; and Commerce and Industry
Mansukh L. MandaviyaMinistry of Shipping; and Chemicals and Fertilizers
Ministers of State
Faggansingh KulasteMinistry of Steel
Ashwini Kumar Choubey Ministry of Health and Family Welfare
Arjun Ram Meghwal Ministry of Parliamentary Affairs; and Heavy Industries and Public Enterprises
General (Retd.) V. K. SinghMinistry of Road Transport and Highways
Krishan PalMinistry of Social Justice and Empowerment
Danve Raosaheb DadaraoMinistry of Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution
G. Kishan ReddyMinistry of Home Affairs
Parshottam RupalaMinistry of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare
Ramdas AthawaleMinistry of Social Justice and Empowerment
Sadhvi Niranjan JyotiMinistry of Rural Development
Babul SupriyoMinistry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change
Sanjeev Kumar BalyanMinistry of Animal Husbandry, Dairying and Fisheries
Dhotre Sanjay ShamraoMinistry of HRD; Communications; and Electronics and Information Technology
Anurag Singh ThakurMinistry of Finance; and Corporate Affairs
Angadi Suresh Channabasappa Ministry of Railways
Nityanand RaiMinistry of Home Affairs
Rattan Lal KatariaMinistry of Jal Shakti; and Social Justice and Empowerment
V. MuraleedharanMinistry of External Affairs; and Parliamentary Affairs
Renuka Singh SarutaMinistry of Tribal Affairs
Som ParkashMinistry of Commerce and Industry
Rameswar TeliMinistry of Food Processing Industries
Pratap Chandra SarangiMinistry of MSME; and Animal Husbandry, Dairying and Fisheries
Kailash ChoudharyMinistry of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare
Debasree ChaudhuriMinistry of Women and Child Development.

The second NDA government led by Narendra Modi has the maximum number of 10 ministers from Uttar Pradesh, including Prime Minister Narendra Modi himself, followed by seven from Maharashtra and six from Bihar.

The new government also has three ministers each from Gujarat, Rajasthan, Haryana and Karnataka -- the states where voters gave the BJP a clean sweep -- followed by two each from West Bengal, Odisha and Madhya Pradesh.

The new Council of Ministers has representation from almost all the states, except Andhra Pradesh and the north-eastern states of Nagaland, Manipur, Mizoram, Sikkim and Tripura.

With representation from almost all states spreading across various caste and social groups, the new government has sought to broaden BJPs reach with induction of some first-time MPs while nearly half of his previous Cabinet ministers have been replaced.

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While several experienced hands have been retained, there are 19 first-time ministers. Nearly 35 ministers of the previous council of ministers have been replaced.

The composition of council of ministers showed apparent desire of Modi to expand BJP's reach in new areas where it has made forays in this election including West Bengal and Odisha as also consolidate its social base in areas where it has been traditionally strong.

Former Foreign Secretary S. Jaishankar's inclusion in the cabinet shows Modi's desire to have experts handling key areas. Former Indian Foreign Service Officer Hardeep Singh Puri, who lost Lok Sabha election from Amritsar, has also been inducted.

With only 57 ministers having been sworn-in on Thursday, Modi has enough scope for an expansion and reshuffle of cabinet.

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