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Cabinet portfolios:  Modi-Shah in full control

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June 11, 2024
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New Delhi:   Prime Minister Narendra Modi chaired the first meeting of his Cabinet on Monday and allocated portfolios to the council of ministers a day after taking oath at Rashtrapathi Bhavan.

Key ministries in the new National Democratic Alliance (NDA) government were allocated to senior leaders of the BJP: Home Affairs to Amit Shah, Defence to Rajnath Singh, External Affairs to S Jaishankar, Road Transport to Nitin Gadkari and Finance to Nirmala Sitharaman. The allocations target continuity and were largely on the lines of the previous NDA government.

First-time MP and four-time chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan has been made the Union Agriculture Minister. BJP president JP Nadda has been named Union Health Minister.

The BJP had to rely on its NDA allies to form the government after securing 240 seats in the Lok Sabha elections, way less than was projected by exit polls. In the week after the election, speculation was rife that the TDP, with 16 seats, and the JD(U) with 12 would get crucial cabinet posts in return for supporting the government. The NDA has 293 seats in the Lok Sabha. The Opposition INDIA alliance has 234 seats.

Among the allies, TDP’s K Ram Mohan Naidu has become the Union Civil Aviation minister. JD(U) leader Rajiv Ranjan Singh aka Lalan Singh has become the Minister for Panchayati Raj.

The union cabinet in the Narendra Modi government has 30 ministers. In addition, the Union Council of Ministers has 5 Ministers of state with independent charge and 36 Ministers of state.

According to an official press release, Prime Minister Narendra Modi will be also in charge of the Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions; Department of Atomic Energy; Department of Space, all important policy issues, and all other portfolios not allocated to any minister.

Here is the list of Union ministries allocated:

 MinisterPortfolio
  Rajnath SinghMinister of Defence.
2.      Amit ShahMinister of Home Affairs; andMinister of Cooperation.
3.      Nitin Jairam GadkariMinister of Road Transport and Highways.
4.      Jagat Prakash NaddaMinister of Health and Family Welfare; andMinister of Chemicals and Fertilizers.
5.      Shivraj Singh ChouhanMinister of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare; andMinister of Rural Development.
6.    Smt. Nirmala SitharamanMinister of Finance; andMinister of Corporate Affairs.
7.    Dr. Subrahmanyam JaishankarMinister of External Affairs.
8.      Manohar LalMinister of Housing and Urban Affairs; andMinister of Power.
9.      H. D. KumaraswamyMinister of Heavy Industries; andMinister of Steel.
10.           Piyush GoyalMinister of Commerce and Industry.
11.           Dharmendra PradhanMinister of Education.
12.           Jitan Ram ManjhiMinister of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises.
13.           Rajiv Ranjan Singh alias Lalan SinghMinister of Panchayati Raj; andMinister of Fisheries, Animal Husbandry and Dairying.
14.           Sarbananda SonowalMinister of Ports, Shipping and Waterways.
15.         Dr. Virendra KumarMinister of Social Justice and Empowerment.
16.           Kinjarapu Rammohan NaiduMinister of Civil Aviation.
17.           Pralhad JoshiMinister of Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution; andMinister of New and Renewable Energy.
18.           Jual OramMinister of Tribal Affairs.
19.           Giriraj SinghMinister of Textiles.
20.           Ashwini VaishnawMinister of Railways;Minister of Information and Broadcasting; andMinister of Electronics and Information Technology.
21.           Jyotiraditya M. ScindiaMinister of Communications; andMinister of Development of North Eastern Region.
22.           Bhupender YadavMinister of Environment, Forest and Climate Change.
23.           Gajendra Singh ShekhawatMinister of Culture; andMinister of Tourism.
24.         Smt. Annpurna DeviMinister of Women and Child Development
25.           Kiren RijijuMinister of Parliamentary Affairs; andMinister of Minority Affairs.
26.           Hardeep Singh PuriMinister of Petroleum and Natural Gas
27.         Dr. Mansukh MandaviyaMinister of Labour and Employment; andMinister of Youth Affairs and Sports.
28.           G. Kishan ReddyMinister of Coal; andMinister of Mines.
29.           Chirag PaswanMinister of Food Processing Industries.
30.           C R PatilMinister of Jal Shakti.

 MINISTERS OF STATE (INDEPENDENT CHARGE)

1.    Rao Inderjit SinghMinister of State (Independent Charge) of the Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation;Minister of State (Independent Charge) of the Ministry of Planning; andMinister of State in the Ministry of Culture.
2.    Dr. Jitendra SinghMinister of State (Independent Charge) of the Ministry of Science and Technology;Minister of State (Independent Charge) of the Ministry of Earth Sciences;Minister of State in the Prime Minister’s Office;Minister of State in the Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions;Minister of State in the Department of Atomic Energy; andMinister of State in the Department of Space.
3.      Arjun Ram MeghwalMinister of State (Independent Charge) of the Ministry of Law and Justice; andMinister of State in the Ministry of Parliamentary Affairs.
4.      Jadhav Prataprao GanpatraoMinister of State (Independent Charge) of the Ministry of Ayush; andMinister of State in the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare.
5.      Jayant ChaudharyMinister of State (Independent Charge) of the Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship; andMinister of State in the Ministry of Education.

 MINISTERS OF STATE

1.      Jitin PrasadaMinister of State in the Ministry of Commerce and Industry; andMinister of State in the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology.
2.       pad Yesso NaikMinister of State in the Ministry of Power; andMinister of State in the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy.
3.      Pankaj ChaudharyMinister of State in the Ministry of Finance.
4.      Krishan PalMinister of State in the Ministry of Cooperation.
5.      Ramdas AthawaleMinister of State in the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment.
6.      Ram Nath ThakurMinister of State in the Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare.
7.      Nityanand RaiMinister of State in the Ministry of Home Affairs.
8.    Smt. Anupriya PatelMinister of State in the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare; andMinister of State in the Ministry of Chemicals and Fertilizers.
9.      V. SomannaMinister of State in the Ministry of Jal Shakti; andMinister of State in the Ministry of Railways.
10.         Dr. Chandra Sekhar PemmasaniMinister of State in the Ministry of Rural Development; andMinister of State in the Ministry of Communications.
11.         Prof. S. P. Singh BaghelMinister of State in the Ministry of Fisheries, Animal Husbandry and Dairying; andMinister of State in the Ministry of Panchayati Raj.
12.         Su  Sobha KarandlajeMinister of State in the Ministry of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises; andMinister of State in the Ministry of Labour and Employment.
13.           Kirtivardhan SinghMinister of State in the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change; andMinister of State in the Ministry of External Affairs.
14.           B. L. VermaMinister of State in the Ministry of Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution; andMinister of State in the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment.
15.           Shantanu ThakurMinister of State in the Ministry of Ports, Shipping and Waterways.
16.           Suresh GopiMinister of State in the Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas; andMinister of State in the Ministry of Tourism.
17.         Dr. L. MuruganMinister of State in the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting; andMinister of State in the Ministry of Parliamentary Affairs.
18.           Ajay TamtaMinister of State in the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways.
19.           Bandi Sanjay KumarMinister of State in the Ministry of Home Affairs.
20.           Kamlesh PaswanMinister of State in the Ministry of Rural Development.
21.           Bhagirath ChoudharyMinister of State in the Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare.
22.           Satish Chandra DubeyMinister of State in the Ministry of Coal; andMinister of State in the Ministry of Mines.
23.           Sanjay SethMinister of State in the Ministry of Defence.
24.           Ravneet SinghMinister of State in the Ministry of Food Processing Industries; andMinister of State in the Ministry of Railways.
25.           Durgadas UikeyMinister of State in the Ministry of Tribal Affairs.
26.         Smt. Raksha Nikhil KhadseMinister of State in the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports.
27.           Sukanta MajumdarMinister of State in the Ministry of Education; andMinister of State in the Ministry of Development of North Eastern Region.
28.         Smt. Savitri ThakurMinister of State in the Ministry of Women and Child Development.
29.           Tokhan SahuMinister of State in the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs.
30.           Raj Bhushan ChoudharyMinister of State in the Ministry of Jal Shakti.
31.           Bhupathi Raju Srinivasa VarmaMinister of State in the Ministry of Heavy Industries; andMinister of State in the Ministry of Steel.
32.           Harsh MalhotraMinister of State in the Ministry of Corporate Affairs; andMinister of State in the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways.
33.         Smt. Nimuben Jayantibhai BambhaniyaMinister of State in the Ministry of Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution.
34.           Murlidhar MoholMinister of State in the Ministry of Cooperation; andMinister of State in the Ministry of Civil Aviation.
35.           George KurianMinister of State in the Ministry of Minority Affairs; andMinister of State in the Ministry of Fisheries, Animal Husbandry and Dairying.
36.           Pabitra MargheritaMinister of State in the Ministry of External Affairs; andMinister of State in the Ministry of Textiles.

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