Modi Cabinet Reshuffle: 1 New Cabinet Minister & 19 New MoS

Published on Tuesday, July 05, 2016
Today Prime Minister Narendra Modi has expanded his council of ministers by elevating Minister of State for Environment Prakash Javadekar in the cabinet. He
also inducted 19 new Ministers of State. Except RPI leader Ramdas Athawale and Apna Dal lawmaker from Uttar Pradesh, Anupriya Patel, the remaining belong to the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). Following is the list of the new portfolios assigned to the new entrants:

Modi Cabinet Reshuffle

Reshuffle in Cabinet Minister:

  • Smriti Irani lost Ministry of Human Resource Development to Prakash Javadekar.
  • Smriti Irani has been moved to the Textile Ministry.
  • Parliamentary Affairs Minister Venkaiah Naidu given additional charge of Information and Broadcasting Ministry.
  • Communications and Information Technology Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad assigned Law Ministry.
  • Sadananda Gowda moved to Statistics and Programme Implementation from Law Ministry.
  • Anant Kumar gets Parliamentary Affairs which was with M Venkaiah Naidu in addition to Chemicals and Fertilisers. 

Reshuffle in Minister of State (MoS):

  • SS Ahluwalia appointed Minister of State Agriculture and Farmers’ Welfare, Parliamentary Affairs.
  • Faggan Singh Kulaste will be in charge of health and family welfare.
  • Ramesh C Jagajinagi assigned Minister of State Drinking Water and Sanitation Department.
  • Arjun Ram Meghwal assigned Minister of State Finance, Corporate affairs.
  • Mansukh L Mandaviya assigned Minister of State Road transport and Highways, Shipping; Chemicals and Fertilizers.
  • Ajay Tomta assigned Minister of State Textiles Department.
  • MJ Akbar appointed as Minister of State External Affairs.
  • Subhash Ramrao Bhamre appointed as Minister of State Defence.
  • Chhotu Ram Chaudhary appointed as Minister of State Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution.
  • Vijay Goel appointed as Minister of State Sports and Youth Affairs.
  • Ramdas Athawale will be Minister of State Social Justice and Empowerment Department.
  • Jasvantsinh Sumanbhai Bhabhor appointed as Minister of State Tribal Affairs.
  • Krishna Raj appointed as Minister of State Women and Child Development.
  • P P Choudhary appointed as Minister of State Law and Justice; Electronics and Information Technology.
  • Anupriya Patel assigned Health and Family Welfare.
  • Anil Madhav Dave gets Environment Ministry.
  • Rajen Gohain appointed as Minister of State Railways. 

Resignation of Ministers of State:

Five Ministers of State were dropped. The five Ministers of State, who submitted their resignations to the President, are:
1. Sanwar Lal Jat (Water Resources)
2. Nihalchand (Panchayati Raj)
3. Ram Shankar Katheria (Human Resources)
4. Mansukh Bhai Vasava (Tribal Affairs)
5. Mohanbhai Kundaria (Agriculture) 

Their resignations were accepted by President Pranab Mukherjee. With the induction of the 19 and the dropping of the five ministers, the strength of the Prime Minister’s Council of Ministers, including himself, now stands at 78. 

Important Points to be Note:

1. The council of Minister can have a maximum of 82 members.
2. With the new induction Prime Minister’s Council of Ministers, including himself, now stands at 78.
3. This is the second cabinet expansion of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. 


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