Modi government 2.0 took shape on Friday with BJP President Amit Shah, who played a key role in his party’s electoral triumph, making his debut in the Central government as India’s new Home minister while incumbent Rajnath Singh was moved to Defence.
Joining them in the ‘Big Four’ are Nirmala Sitharaman, the outgoing Defence minister, who is India’s new Minister for Finance and Corporate Affairs, and surprise inductee, former foreign secretary S Jaishankar, who got the External Affairs portfolio.
Both Sitharaman, the first full-time woman Finance minister of India, and Jaishankar, a rare instance of a career diplomat taking charge of the External Affairs ministry, have studied in Delhi’s Jawaharlal Nehru University.
With the induction of Shah and Jaishankar, there are two new faces in the all-powerful Cabinet Committee on Security (CCS), which is chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and is the final decision-making body on matters related to country’s security, including defence policy and internal security .
Besides the prime minister, the ministers of Defence, Home, External Affairs and Finance are members of the committee.
Sitharaman steps into the shoes of Arun Jaitley who opted out of new government on health grounds. She has a deputy in Anurag Thakur, a first time minister in the Modi government. Both are considered close to Jaitley.
The prime minister retains the Department of Personnel and Training, Atomic Energy and Space as well as all important policy issues and portfolios not allocated.
Modi was sworn in on Thursday as prime minister for a second term, helming a 58-member team of ministers, including him and BJP president Amit Shah who makes his debut in the Central government.
Smriti Irani, who defeated Congress President Rahul Gandhi in his family bastion of Amethi, is the new Women and Child Development minister along with retaining the Textile ministry, according to a communiqué issued by the Rashtrapati Bhavan.
Nitin Gadkari, considered one of the best performers during the first term of Modi government for his expeditious project implementation, continues to be the minister for Road Transport and Highways and has also been given charge of the Ministry of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises.
Piyush Goyal, who was presented the interim budget earlier this year and was expected to take over from Jaitley, has been given the Commerce and Industry ministry in addition to his old charge of Railways. However, the Coal ministry has been taken away from him and given to Pralhad Joshi, a new entrant in Modi Government.
Joshi is also the minister of Parliamentary Affairs and Mines.
Goyal said improving passenger experience and modernising the railways will be his focus areas.
Ravi Shankar Prasad continues as minister of Law and Information Technology. He also gets Telecom, a portfolio he commanded in the first half of Modi 1.0 government.
A new Ministry of Jal Shakti has been created and Gajendra Singh Shekhawat is its minister.
Ujjwala-man Dharmendra Pradhan retains his Petroleum portfolio and has also been given charge of the Steel ministry.
Former Uttarkhand chief minister Ramesh Pokhariyal ‘Nishank’ is the new Human Resource Development minister while Bihar ally and Lok Janshakti Party chief Ram Vilas Paswam remains Consumer Affairs minister.
The Agriculture ministry has been allocated to Narendra Singh Tomar who also gets the Rural Development and Panchayati Raj portfolio.
Prakash Javadekar has been given the ministries of Information and Broadcasting as well as Environment.
D V Sadananda Gowda is the minister of Chemicals and Fertilizers and Narendra Singh Tomar the new minister of Agriculture and Rural Development.
Akali Dal leader Harsimrat Kaur Badal continues to be the minister of Food Processing Industries, Thawar Chand Gehlot is the new minister of Social Justice and Empowerment.
Former diplomat Hardeep Puri is the new minister of state with Independent charge of Civil Aviation while former IAS bureaucrat R K Singh retains the ministries of Power and Renewable Energy in the same capacity.
Eight-term BJP MP from Uttar Pradesh Santosh Kumar Gangwar is MoS with Independent charge for Labour and Employment.
The BJP capped a massive mandate by winning a total of 303 seats while the NDA has 353 MPs in the recently elected 17th Lok Sabha.
- Amit Shah: Minister of Home Affairs.
- Rajnath Singh: Minister of Defence.
- Nitin Jairam Gadkari: Minister of Road Transport and Highways; and Minister of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises.
- D V Sadananda Gowda: Minister of Chemicals and Fertilizers.
- Nirmala Sitharaman: Minister of Finance; and Minister of Corporate Affairs.
- Ramvilas Paswan: Minister of Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution.
- Narendra Singh Tomar: Minister of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare; Minister of Rural Development; and Minister of Panchayati Raj.
- Ravi Shankar Prasad: Minister of Law and Justice; Minister of Communications; and Minister of Electronics and Information Technology.
- Harsimrat Kaur Badal: Minister of Food Processing Industries.
- Thaawar Chand Gehlot: Minister of Social Justice and Empowerment.
- Subrahmanyam Jaishankar: Minister of External Affairs.
- Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’ : Minister of Human Resource Development.
- Arjun Munda: Minister of Tribal Affairs.
- Smriti Zubin Irani: Minister of Women and Child Development; and Minister of Textiles.
- 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 Minister of Information and Broadcasting.
- Piyush Goyal : Minister of Railways; and Minister of Commerce and Industry.
- Dharmendra Pradhan: Minister of Petroleum and Natural Gas; and Minister of Steel.
- Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi: Minister of Minority Affairs.
- Pralhad Joshi: Minister of Parliamentary Affairs; Minister of 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: Minister of State (Independent Charge) of the Ministry of Labour and Employment.
- Rao Inderjit Singh: Minister of State (Independent Charge) of the Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation; and Minister of State (Independent Charge) of the Ministry of Planning.
- Shripad Yesso Naik : Minister of State (Independent Charge) of the Ministry of Ayurveda, Yoga and Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha and Homoeopathy (AYUSH); and Minister of State in the Ministry of Defence.
- Jitendra Singh: Minister of State (Independent Charge) of the Ministry of
Development of North Eastern Region; 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; and Minister of State in the Department of Space.
- Kiren Rijiju: Minister of State (Independent Charge) of the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports; and Minister of State in the Ministry of Minority Affairs.
- Prahalad Singh Patel: Minister of State (Independent Charge) of the Ministry of Culture; and Minister of State (Independent Charge) of the Ministry of Tourism.
- Raj Kumar Singh: Minister of State (Independent Charge) of the Ministry of Power; Minister of State (Independent Charge) of the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy; and Minister of State in the Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship.
- Hardeep Singh Puri: Minister of State (Independent Charge) of the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs; Minister of State (Independent Charge) of the Ministry of Civil Aviation; and Minister of State in the Ministry of Commerce and Industry.
- Mansukh L. Mandaviya: Minister of State (Independent Charge) of the Ministry of Shipping; and Minister of State in the Ministry of Chemicals and Fertilizers.