The first major Cabinet reshuffle took place within the first six months. Keeping governance and politics in mind, Modi brought in 21 new faces.Prime Minister Narendra Modi will reshuffle the Union Cabinet on Tuesday, ending days of intense speculation and curiosity. This is the second rejig in the portfolios since the new government came to power on May 26, 2014. When Modi took over, he played safe and chose his 45-member ministry with caution. This ministry had 23 Cabinet ministers, 10 Ministers of State with Independent Charge and 12 Ministers of State.The first major Cabinet reshuffle took place within the first six months. Keeping governance and politics in mind, Modi brought in 21 new faces.
Those inducted into the Council of Ministers were:
Manohar Parrikar, Suresh Prabhu, Birender Singh, JP Nadda, Mahesh Sharma, Rajiv Pratap Rudy, Bandaru Dattatreya, Jayant Sinha, Giriraj Singh, MA Naqvi, Rajyavardhan Rathore, Sanwar Lal Jat, Ram Kirpal Yadav, YS Chowdary, Babul Suprio, Sadhvi Niranjan Jyoti, Vijay Sampla, Ramshankar Katheria, Hansraj Ahir, Haribhai Chaudhary, Mohan Kundariya.
The highlight of this reshuffle was the shifting of D V Sadananda Gowda from the high-profile Railways to Law and Justice. Suresh Prabhu, inducted into the party most recently, was given the Railways portfolio.Arun Jaitley who was holding the Finance and Defence ministries, handed over the MoD to former Goa chief minister Manohar Parrikar. But Jaitley was given the charge of Information and Broadcasting ministry which was headed by Prakash Javadekar. Health Minister Harsh Vardhan was shifted to Science and Technology and Earth Sciences. In his place, JP Nadda was allocated the Health Ministry. Birender Singh who had quit the Congress in the run up to the polls was rewarded with the Rural Development ministry which Nitin Gadkari was holding up until then. Communications and Information Technology Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad was relieved of Law and Justice.
During this Cabinet reshuffle, Bihar’s controversial BJP leader Giriraj Singh was inducted into the ministry.
Here is a complete list of the current Union Cabinet
1. Rajnath Singh: Home Affairs
2. Sushma Swaraj: External Affairs, Overseas Indian Affairs
3. Arun Jaitley: Finance, Corporate Affairs, Information & Broadcasting
4. M. Venkaiah Naidu: Urban Development, Housing and Urban Poverty Alleviation, Parliamentary Affairs
5. Nitin Jairam Gadkari: Road Transport and Highways, Shipping
6. Manohar Parrikar: Defence
7. Suresh Prabhu: Railways
8. D.V. Sadananda Gowda: Law & Justice
9. Uma Bharati: Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation
10. Dr. Najma A. Heptulla: Minority Affairs
11. Ramvilas Paswan: Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution
12. Kalraj Mishra: Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises
13. Maneka Sanjay Gandhi: Women and Child Development
14. Ananthkumar: Chemicals and Fertilizers
15. Ravi Shankar Prasad: Communications and Information Technology
16. Jagat Prakash Nadda: Health & Family Welfare
17. Ashok Gajapathi Raju Pusapati: Civil Aviation
18. Anant Geete: Heavy Industries and Public Enterprises
19. Harsimrat Kaur Badal: Food Processing Industries
20. Narendra Singh Tomar: Mines, Steel
21. Chaudhary Birender Singh: Rural Development, Panchayati Raj, Drinking Water and Sanitation
22. Jual Oram: Tribal Affairs
23. Radha Mohan Singh: Agriculture
24. Thaawar Chand Gehlot: Social Justice and Empowerment
25. Smriti Zubin Irani: Human Resource Development
26. Dr. Harsh Vardhan: Science and Technology, Earth Sciences
27. General V.K. Singh: Statistics and Programme Implementation (Independent Charge), External Affairs, Overseas Indian Affairs
28. Inderjit Singh Rao: Planning (Independent Charge), Defence
29. Santosh Kumar Gangwar: Textiles (Independent Charge)
30. Bandaru Dattatreya: Labour and Employment (Independent Charge)
31. Rajiv Pratap Rudy: Skill Development & Entrepreneurship (Independent Charge), Parliamentary Affairs
32. Shripad Yesso Naik: AAYUSH (Independent Charge), Health & Family Welfare
33. Dharmendra Pradhan: Petroleum and Natural Gas (Independent Charge)
34. Sarbananda Sonowal: Youth Affairs and Sports (Independent Charge)
35. Prakash Javadekar: Environment, Forest and Climate Change (Independent Charge)
36. Piyush Goyal: Power (Independent Charge), Coal (Independent Charge), New and Renewable Energy (Independent Charge)
37. Dr. Jitendra Singh: Development of North Eastern Region (Independent Charge), Prime Minister’s Office, Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions, Department of Atomic Energy, Department of Space
38. Nirmala Sitharaman: Commerce and Industry (Independent Charge)
39. Dr. Mahesh Sharma: Culture (Independent Charge), Tourism (Independent Charge), Civil Aviation
40. Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi: Minority Affairs, Parliamentary Affairs
41. Ram Kripal Yadav: Drinking Water & Sanitation
42. Haribhai Parthibhai Chaudhary: Home Affairs
43. Sanwar Lal Jat: Water Resources, River Development & Ganga Rejuvenation
44. Mohanbhai Kalyanjibhai Kundariya: Agriculture
45. Giriraj Singh: Micro, Small & Medium Enterprises
46. Hansraj Gangaram Ahir: Chemicals & Fertilizers
47. G.M. Siddeshwara: Heavy Industries & Public Enterprises
48. Manoj Sinha: Railways
49. Nihalchand: Panchayati Raj
50. Upendra Kushwaha: Human Resource Development
51. Radhakrishnan P.: Road Transport & Highways, Shipping
52. Kiren Rijiju: Home Affairs
53. Krishan Pal: Social Justice & Empowerment
54. Dr. Sanjeev Kumar Balyan: Agriculture
55. Manuskhbhai Dhanjibhai Vasava: Tribal Affairs
56. Raosaheb Dadarao Danve: Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution
57. Vishnu Deo Sai: Mines, Steel
58. Sudarshan Bhagat: Rural Development
59. Prof. (Dr.) Ram Shankar Katheria: Human Resource Development
60. Y.S. Chowdary: Science and Technology, Earth Science
61. Jayant Sinha: Finance
62. Col. Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore: Information & Broadcasting
63. Babul Supria (Babul Supriyo) Baral: Urban Development, Housing and Urban Poverty Alleviation
64. Sadhvi Niranjan Jyoti: Food Processing Industries
65. Vijay Sampla: Social Justice & Empowerment