On Saturday afternoon, Assam minister and North East Democratic Alliance convenor Himanta Biswa Sarma shared a photo of him with Meghalaya CM Conrad K Sangma on Twitter. The photo was clicked during the oath-taking ceremony of PM Narendra Modi’s new Cabinet at Rashtrapati Bhavan in New Delhi on Thursday.
At 43 years, ‘giant-slayer’ Smriti Irani, who defeated Congress president Rahul Gandhi from Amethi in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections, is the youngest Minister in PM Narendra Modi’s new Cabinet.
Crorepati ministers, ministers with criminal cases
Among the 58 ministers in PM Narendra Modi’s new Cabinet, 51 are crorepatis, says a report by an NGO Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR). Also, as per the details mentioned in the self-sworn affidavits, 22 ministers have criminal cases against them.
Rajnath Singh assumes charge as the new Union minister for defence
Dibrugarh MP Rameswar Teli takes charge as Union minister of state for food processing industries
Kiren Rijiju takes charge as Union minister
Arunachal West MP and former Union minister of state for home Kiren Rijiju took charge of the ministry of youth affairs and sports.
He also took charge as minister of state in the ministry of minority affairs.
Taking to Twitter, he wrote: “With utmost dedication I’ll deliver as per the expectation of PM @narendramodi ji and the people of India.”
Amit Shah takes charge as Union home minister
Former BJP president Amit Shah took charge as the new Union home minister on Saturday.
Thanking Prime Minister Narendra Modi, he said: “Today, I took charge as India’s home minister.” Taking to Twitter, Shah wrote “I thank Prime Minister Narendra Modi for believing in me. It is the Modi’s government prime objective to ensure the country’s security and their prosperity. I will try my best to fulfil this under Modi ji’s leadership.”
Major announcements from Modi Cabinet 2.0’s first meet
Parliament session to begin from June 17; Union Budget 2019 to be presented on July 5; Speaker of Lok Sabha to be elected on June 19
Modi Cabinet 2.0’s first meeting approves path-breaking scheme to provide pension cover to crores of farmers; Centre to spend Rs 10,774.5 crore for a period of 3 years.
Women power at its best!
Six women have found a spot in PM Narendra Modi’s new council of ministers — Nirmala Sitharaman, Smriti Irani, Harsimrat Kaur Badal, Sadhvi Niranjan Jyoti, Renuka Singh Saruta and Debashree Chaudhuri.
Of these, Saruta and Chaudhuri are first-timers. While Saruta has been appointed as MoS for tribal affairs, Chaudhuri was allocated the MoS for women and child development portfolio.
Nirmala Sitharaman: Minister of finance, minister o corporate affairs.
Smriti Irani: Minister of women and child development; minister of textiles.
Harsimrat Kaur Badal: Minister of food processing industries.
Sadhvi Niranjan Jyoti: MoS, rural development.
Why Twitter users are praising Rameswar Teli, the new MoS for food processing industries
Amit Shah as new home minister: What it means
For years, Amit Shah has been PM Narendra Modi’s closest aide and strategist. By being allocated the home ministry on Friday, Shah will become the No 2 in the new government by default.
Shah, 54, takes over from Rajnath Singh, who has been given the defence portfolio. Shah’s inclusion has been seen as one of the most notable this time among the 57 new and old ministers sworn in by President Ram Nath Kovind at a grand ceremony in Rashtrapati Bhavan, New Delhi on Thursday evening.
Some pictures from the swearing-in ceremony of PM Narendra Modi’s Cabinet 2.0:
Full list of Ministers of State:
1. Faggansingh Kulaste: Steel.
2. Ashwini Kumar Choubey: Health and Family Welfare.
3. Arjun Ram Meghwal: Parliamentary Affairs; and Heavy Industries and Public Enterprises.
4. General (Retd) VK Singh: Road Transport and Highways.
5. Krishan Pal: Social Justice and Empowerment.
6. Danve Raosaheb Dadarao: Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution.
7. G Kishan Reddy: Home Affairs.
8. Parshottam Rupala: Agriculture and Farmers Welfare.
9. Ramdas Athawale: Social Justice and Empowerment.
10. Sadhvi Niranjan Jyoti: Rural Development.
11. Babul Supriyo: Environment, Forest and Climate Change.
12. Sanjeev Kumar Balyan: Animal Husbandry, Dairying and Fisheries.
13. Dhotre Sanjay Shamrao: Human Resource Development; Communications; and Electronics and Information Technology.
14. Anurag Singh Thakur: Finance; and Corporate Affairs.
15. Angadi Suresh Channabasappa: Railways.
16. Nityanand Rai: Home Affairs.
17. Rattan Lal Kataria: Jal Shakti; and Social Justice and Empowerment.
18. V. Muraleedharan: External Affairs; and Parliamentary Affairs.
19. Renuka Singh Saruta: Tribal Affairs.
20. Som Parkash: Commerce and Industry.
21. Rameswar Teli: Food Processing Industries.
22. Pratap Chandra Sarangi: Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises; and Animal Husbandry, Dairying and Fisheries.
23. Kailash Choudhary: Agriculture and Farmers Welfare.
24. Debasree Chaudhuri: Women and Child Development.
Full list of Ministers of State (Independent Charge):
Santosh Kumar Gangwar: Labour and Employment.
Rao Inderjit Singh: Statistics and Programme Implementation; and Planning.
Shripad Yesso Naik: Ayurveda, Yoga and Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha and Homoeopathy (AYUSH); and Defence.
Dr Jitendra Singh: Development of North Eastern Region; Prime Minister’s Office; Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions; Department of Atomic Energy; and Department of Space.
Kiren Rijiju: Youth Affairs and Sports; and Minority Affairs.
Prahalad Singh Patel: Culture; Tourism.
Raj Kumar Singh: Power; New and Renewable Energy; and Skill Development and Entrepreneurship.
Hardeep Singh Puri: Housing and Urban Affairs; Civil Aviation; and Commerce and Industry.
Mansukh L Mandaviya: Shipping; and Chemicals and Fertilizers.
PM Narendra Modi’s two big surprises!
PM Narendra Modi’s two surprise picks in his Cabinet 2.0 — former BJP president Amit Shah and former foreign secretary S Jaishankar — got two plum portfolios.
While Shah was given home affairs, Jaishankar was allocated external affairs.
Putting all speculations to rest, Shah was sworn in along with 56 others by President Ram Nath Kovind at Rashtrapati Bhavan in New Delhi on Thursday evening.
However, the biggest surprise that PM Modi threw up was the inclusion of Jaishankar in the Cabinet.
Jaishankar was the foreign secretary from January 2015 to January 2018 and has previously held positions like the high commissioner to Singapore, and ambassador to China and the USA.
He was the man behind PM Modi’s foreign policy in his first term.
Kiren Rijiju promoted to MoS (independent); gets youth affairs and sports, and minority affairs
Kiren Rijiju, who was sworn in as a Union minister by President Ram Nath Kovind at Rashtrapati Bhavan in New Delhi on Thursday evening, has been allocated minister of state (independent charge) in the ministry of youth affairs and sports, and the ministry of minority affairs.
The former Union minister of state for home affairs hails from Arunachal Pradesh. During the recently-declared results of the Lok Sabha elections, Rijiju won the Arunachal West seat against former CM and Congress leader Nabam Tuki.
Rameswar Teli gets food processing industries
Assam’s sitting MP Rameswar Teli, who was re-elected to the Lok Sabha from Dibrugarh constituency, has got the minister of state portfolio in the ministry of food processing industries.
Teli was sworn in as Union minister by President Ram Nath Kovind at Rashtrapati Bhavan in New Delhi on Thursday evening.
In the 2019 general elections, Teli defeated his Congress rival Paban Singh Ghatowar by 3,51,594 votes.
Full list of Cabinet ministers (Part 2):
Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank: Human Resource Development
Arjun Munda: Tribal Affairs
Smriti Zubin Irani: Women and Child Development; Textiles
Harsh Vardhan: Health and Family Welfare, Science and Technology, Earth Sciences
Prakash Javadekar: Environment, Forest and Climate Change; Information and Broadcasting.
Piyush Goyal: Railways; Commerce and Industry
Dharmendra Pradhan: Petroleum and Natural Gas; Steel
Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi: Minority Affairs
Pralhad Joshi: Parliamentary Affairs; Coal; Mines
Mahendra Nath Pandey: Skill Development and Entrepreneurship
Arvind Ganpat Sawant: Heavy Industries and Public Enterprise
Giriraj Singh: Animal Husbandry, Dairy and Fisheries
Gajendra Singh Shekhawat: Jal Shakti
Full list of Cabinet ministers (Part 1):
Rajnath Singh: Defence
Amit Shah: Home Affairs
Nitin Gadkari: Road Transport and Highways, Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises
DV Sadananda Gowda: Chemicals and Fertilizers
Nirmala Sitharaman: Finance, Corporate Affairs
Ramvilas Paswan: Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution
Narendra Singh Tomar: Agriculture and Farmers Welfare, Rural Development, and Panchayati Raj
Ravi Shankar Prasad: Law and Justice, Communications, Electronics and Information Technology
Harsimrat Kaur Badal: Food Processing Industries
Thaawar Chand Gehlot: Social Justice and Empowerment
Subrahmanyam Jaishankar: External Affairs