Modi gives charge of Home Ministry to Amit Shah, Sitharaman gets Finance, Rajnath Defence
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 Modi||Ministry 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 Singh||Minister of Defence|
|Nitin Gadkari||Minister of Road Transport & Highways, Minister of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises|
|Nirmala Sitharaman||Minister of Finance|
|Piyush Goyal||Minister of Railways and Commerce and Industry|
|S Jaishankar||Minister of External Affairs|
|Ravi Shankar Prasad||Minister of Law; Communication and IT|
|Ramesh Pokhriyal||Minister of Human Resource Development|
|Narendra Singh Tomar||Minister of Agriculture, Rural Development and Panchayati Raj|
|Smriti Irani||Ministry of Women and Child Development; Minister of Textiles.|
|Ram Vilas Paswwan||Minister of Consumer Affairs; Food and Public Distribution|
|Dharmendra Prasad||Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas; and Minister of Steel|
|D.V. Sadananda Gowda||Minister of Chemicals and Fertilizers|
|Harsimrat Kaur Badal||Minister of Food Processing Industries|
|Thaawar Chand Gehlot||Minister of Social Justice and Empowerment|
|Arjun Munda||Minister of Tribal Affairs|
|Harsh Vardhan||Minister of Health and Family Welfare; Minister of Science and Technology; and Minister of Earth Sciences|
|Prakash Javadekar||Minister of Environment, Forest and Climate Change; and Information and Broadcasting|
|Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi||Minister of Minority Affairs|
|Prahlad Joshi||Minister of Parliamentary Affairs; Coal; and Minister of Mines|
|Mahendra Nath Pandey||Minister of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship|
|Arvind Ganpat Sawant||Minister of Heavy Industries and Public Enterprise|
|Giriraj Singh||Minister of Animal Husbandry, Dairying and Fisheries|
|Gajendra Singh Shekhawat||Minister 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 Singh||Ministry of DoNER; PMO; Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions; Department of Atomic Energy; and Department of Space|
|Kiren Rijiju||Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports; and Minority Affairs|
|Prahalad Singh Patel||Ministry of Culture; and Minister of State (Independent Charge) of the Ministry of Tourism|
|Raj Kumar Singh||Ministry of Power; New and Renewable Energy; and Skill Development and Entrepreneurship|
|Hardeep Singh Puri||Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs; Civil Aviation; and Commerce and Industry|
|Mansukh L. Mandaviya||Ministry of Shipping; and Chemicals and Fertilizers|
|Ministers of State|
|Faggansingh Kulaste||Ministry 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. Singh||Ministry of Road Transport and Highways|
|Krishan Pal||Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment|
|Danve Raosaheb Dadarao||Ministry of Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution|
|G. Kishan Reddy||Ministry of Home Affairs|
|Parshottam Rupala||Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare|
|Ramdas Athawale||Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment|
|Sadhvi Niranjan Jyoti||Ministry of Rural Development|
|Babul Supriyo||Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change|
|Sanjeev Kumar Balyan||Ministry of Animal Husbandry, Dairying and Fisheries|
|Dhotre Sanjay Shamrao||Ministry of HRD; Communications; and Electronics and Information Technology|
|Anurag Singh Thakur||Ministry of Finance; and Corporate Affairs|
|Angadi Suresh Channabasappa||Ministry of Railways|
|Nityanand Rai||Ministry of Home Affairs|
|Rattan Lal Kataria||Ministry of Jal Shakti; and Social Justice and Empowerment|
|V. Muraleedharan||Ministry of External Affairs; and Parliamentary Affairs|
|Renuka Singh Saruta||Ministry of Tribal Affairs|
|Som Parkash||Ministry of Commerce and Industry|
|Rameswar Teli||Ministry of Food Processing Industries|
|Pratap Chandra Sarangi||Ministry of MSME; and Animal Husbandry, Dairying and Fisheries|
|Kailash Choudhary||Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare|
|Debasree Chaudhuri||Ministry 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.
(Inputs from agencies)