Modi 3.0 kicks off on continuity note: Key ministers retain portfolios


New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi chairs the first meeting of his new Cabinet, in New Delhi, Monday, June 10, 2024. BJP MP-elects Rajnath Singh and Amit Shah are also seen. (PTI Photo)(PTI06_10_2024_000361A)

New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi chairs the first meeting of his new Cabinet, in New Delhi, Monday, June 10, 2024. BJP MP-elects Rajnath Singh and Amit Shah are also seen. (PTI Photo)(PTI06_10_2024_000361A)


With at least a dozen of the leading Union Cabinet ministers retaining the portfolios they had handled in the previous government, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has conveyed a message of continuity in governance. This is despite the induction of five members of the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) partners into the Union Cabinet.

The Cabinet Committee on Security (CCS) members remain unchanged. Union ministers Rajnath Singh, Amit Shah, Nirmala Sitharaman, and S Jaishankar retained their portfolios of Defence, Home Affairs and Cooperation, Finance and Corporate Affairs, and External Affairs, respectively. Nitin Gadkari will continue to handle the Road Transport and Highways portfolio.

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Union ministers Piyush Goyal, Ashwini Vaishnaw, Dharmendra Pradhan, Sarabananda Sonowal, Hardeep Puri, and Bhupender Yadav retained at least the principal portfolios that they had handled in the previous government. The PM divested them of their additional portfolios to accommodate newer entrants and allies. Goyal, for example, retained the Commerce and Industry portfolio, but Textiles, Consumer Affairs, Food, and Public Distribution were taken away. Vaishnaw retained Railways and Information Technology, but lost Telecom. He, however, got Information & Broadcasting Ministry too. In the last Cabinet, the I&B Ministry was with Anurag Thakur, who’s been dropped in Modi 3.0 despite winning in the recent elections. The Communications portfolio that Vaishnaw handled has now gone to Jyotiraditya Scindia, who was the Civil Aviation minister in the previous government. Among others, the ministries of Power and New and Renewable Energy were also separated.

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Rashtrapati Bhavan announced the portfolios on Monday evening, almost 24 hours after the 72-member council of ministers took the oath of office and a couple of hours after the first meeting of the Union Cabinet, which approved  government assistance for construction of 30 million houses under the Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana (PMAY). Earlier in the day, in his first decision after taking charge for the third time, the PM signed a file transferring the 17th installment of the PM-Kisan Samman Nidhi fund, amounting to nearly Rs 20,000 crore, to around 93 million farmers.


The significant change in the Cabinet was the return of JP Nadda, who was BJP president, to the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, a portfolio he had managed in the Modi 1.0 government. The PM also entrusted him with the Ministry of Chemicals and Fertilisers. Mansukh Mandaviya had handled the two portfolios in the previous government and will take care of Labour and Employment, Youth Affairs and Sports. The change in the Sports Ministry comes right ahead of the Olympics in July. 


Shivraj Singh Chouhan, credited with turning around his state’s agriculture production during his stint as the chief minister of Madhya Pradesh, was tasked with the Rural Development, Agriculture, and Farmers Welfare portfolios. Manohar Lal Khattar, the former Haryana CM, was asked to look after Power, Housing and Urban Affairs ministries.

Among the allies, the PM entrusted Janata Dal (Secular)’s HD Kumaraswamy with the ministries of Heavy Industries and Steel. Janata Dal (United)’s Rajeev Ranjan Singh will take care of Panchayati Raj, Fisheries, Animal Husbandry and Dairying. Another of the BJP’s allies in Bihar, Jitan Ram Manjhi, will handle the Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises portfolio. Telugu Desam Party’s K Rammohan Naidu is the new Minister of Civil Aviation, and Lok Janshakti Party (Ram Vilas)’s Chirag Paswan is the Minister of Food Processing Industries.

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G Kishan Reddy, BJP’s Telangana leader, who had taken care of the ministries of culture, tourism and Development of the North Eastern Region (DONER) in the previous government, will now take care of the ministries of Coal and Mine. C R Patil, the BJP’s Gujarat state unit chief known for his organisational skills, will handle the Jal Shakti Ministry.


Shiv Sena MP Prataprao Jadhav has been made the Minister of State (Independent Charge) for the Ayush Ministry and MoS for Health and Family Welfare. Rashtriya Lok Dal’s Jayant Chaudhary is the MoS (Independent Charge) of the Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship and the MoS in the Education Ministry.


Earlier in the day, media reports suggested that Union Minister and actor-turned-politician Suresh Gopi wanted to exit the council of ministers. Later, he called the reports “grossly incorrect”. Media platforms had reported that Gopi, the BJP’s first ever Lok Sabha MP from Kerala, was upset at being made an MoS. In other murmurs of discontent, Shiv Sena MP Shrirang Barne expressed disappointment over the party not getting a Cabinet berth. However, party MP Shrikant Shinde, the son of party chief and Maharashtra CM Eknath Shinde, clarified that the party was supporting the government unconditionally. However, the Sena MP’s comments came a day after the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) led by Ajit Pawar said the party would wait for a Cabinet berth rather than accepting a Minister of State position offered by the BJP.

The council of ministers, apart from Modi, has 30 Cabinet ministers, five Ministers of State (Independent Charge) and 36 Ministers of State.


Who gets what

Cabinet Ministers:


Narendra Modi

Prime Minister; in-charge of 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

 

 

Rajnath Singh

Defence

Amit Shah

Home Affairs; Minister of Cooperation

Nitin Jairam Gadkari

Road Transport and Highways

Jagat Prakash Nadda

Health and Family Welfare; Chemicals and Fertilizers

Shivraj Singh Chouhan

Agriculture and Farmers Welfare; Rural Development

Nirmala Sitharaman

Finance; Corporate Affairs

Subrahmanyam Jaishankar

External Affairs

Manohar Lal

Housing and Urban Affairs; Power

H D Kumaraswamy

Heavy Industries; Steel

Piyush Goyal

Commerce and Industry

Dharmendra Pradhan

Education

Jitan Ram Manjhi

MSME

Rajiv Ranjan Singh alias Lalan Singh

Panchayati Raj; Fisheries, Animal Husbandry and Dairying

Sarbananda Sonowal

Ports, Shipping and Waterways

Virendra Kumar

Social Justice and Empowerment

Kinjarapu Rammohan Naidu

Civil Aviation

Pralhad Joshi

Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution; New and Renewable Energy

Jual Oram

Tribal Affairs

Giriraj Singh

Textiles

Ashwini Vaishnaw

Railways; I&B; Electronics and IT

Jyotiraditya M Scindia

Communications; Development of North Eastern Region

Bhupender Yadav

Environment, Forest and Climate Change

Gajendra Singh Shekhawat

Culture; Tourism

Annpurna Devi

Women and Child Development

Kiren Rijiju

Parliamentary Affairs; Minority Affairs

Hardeep Singh Puri

Petroleum and Natural Gas

Mansukh Mandaviya

Labour and Employment; Youth Affairs and Sports

G Kishan Reddy

Coal; Mines

Chirag Paswan

Food Processing Industries

C R Patil

Jal Shakti


Ministers of State (Independent Charge)


Rao Inderjit Singh

Statistics and Programme Implementation; Planning;

Jitendra Singh

Science and Tech; Earth Sciences; PM’s Office; Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions;

Arjun Ram Meghwal

Law and Justice; Parliamentary Affairs

Jadhav Prataprao Ganpatrao

Ayush; Health and Family Welfare

Jayant Chaudhary

Skill Development and Entrepreneurship; Education


Ministers of State


Jitin Prasada

Commerce and Industry; Electronics and IT

Shripad Yesso Naik

Power; New and Renewable Energy

Pankaj Chaudhary

Finance

Krishan Pal

Cooperation

Ramdas Athawale

Social Justice and Empowerment

Ram Nath Thakur

Agriculture and Farmers Welfare

Nityanand Rai

Home Affairs

Anupriya Patel

Health and Family Welfare; Chemicals and Fertilizers

V Somanna

Jal Shakti; Railways

Chandra Sekhar Pemmasani

Rural Development; Communications

S P Singh Baghel

Fisheries, Animal Husbandry, Dairying; Panchayati Raj

Sushri Sobha Karandlaje

MSME; Labour and Employment

Kirtivardhan Singh

Environment & Climate Change; External Affairs

B L Verma

Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution; Social Justice and Empowerment

Shantanu Thakur

Ports, Shipping and Waterways

Suresh Gopi

Petroleum and Natural Gas; Tourism

L Murugan

I&B; Parliamentary Affairs

Ajay Tamta

Road Transport and Highways

Bandi Sanjay Kumar

Home Affairs

Kamlesh Paswan

Rural Development

Bhagirath Choudhary

Agriculture and Farmers Welfare

Satish Chandra Dubey

Coal; Mines

Sanjay Seth

Defence

Ravneet Singh

Food Processing Industries; Railways

Durgadas Uikey

Tribal Affairs

Raksha Nikhil Khadse

Youth Affairs and Sports

Sukanta Majumdar

Education; Development of North Eastern Region

Savitri Thakur

Women and Child Development

Tokhan Sahu

Housing and Urban Affairs

Raj Bhushan Choudhary

Jal Shakti

Bhupathi Raju Srinivasa Varma

Heavy Industries; Steel

Harsh Malhotra

Corporate Affairs; Road Transport and Highways

Nimuben Jayantibhai Bambhaniya

Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution

Murlidhar Mohol

Cooperation; Civil Aviation

George Kurian

Minority Affairs; Fisheries, Animal Husbandry, Dairying

Pabitra Margherita

External Affairs; Textiles




 

First Published: Jun 11 2024 | 12:35 AM IST



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