Arun Jaitley is new FM, Rajnath Singh gets home; meet India’s new ministers

The Narendra Modi-led government allocated portfolios to its 45-member team sticking to the script with Arun Jaitley getting finance, corporate affairs and defence, Rajnath Singh becoming the home minister while Modi kept personnel, public grievances & pensions besides the department of atomic energy and space to himself.

Other key economic ministries went to Nitin Gadkari (road, transport, highways & shipping), Nirmala Sitharaman (commerce), Ashok Gajapathi Raju Pusapati (civil aviation), Ravi Shankar Prasad (communications and IT, law and justice), Ananth Kumar (chemicals and fertilisers), Anant Geete (heavy industries and public enterprises), Narendra Singh Tomar (mines, steel, labour and employment), Dharmendra Pradhan (petroleum & natural gas), Piyush Goyal (power, coal and new and renewable energy) and M Venkaiah Naidu (urban development).

Here’s the full list:

Cabinet Ministers

1.       Rajnath Singh: Home Affairs

2.       Sushma Swaraj: External Affairs and Overseas Indian Affairs

3.       Arun Jaitley: Finance; Corporate Affairs; Defence

4.       M Venkaiah Naidu:  Urban Development; Housing and Urban Poverty Alleviation; Parliamentary Affairs

5.       Nitin Gadkari: Road Transport and Highways; Shipping

6.       D V Sadananda Gowda: Railways

7.       Uma Bharati: Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation

8.       Najma Heptulla: Minority Affairs

9.       Gopinathrao Munde: Rural Development; Panchayati Raj; Drinking Water and Sanitation

10.   Ramvilas Paswan: Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution

11.   Kalraj Mishra: Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises

12.   Maneka Gandhi: Women and Child Development

13.   Ananth Kumar: Chemicals and Fertilizers

14.   Ravi Shankar Prasad: Communications and Information Technology; Law and Justice

15.   Ashok Gajapathi Raju Pusapati: Civil Aviation

16.   Anant Geete: Heavy Industries and Public Enterprises

17.   Harsimrat Kaur Badal: Food Processing Industries

18.   Narendra Singh Tomar: Mines; Steel; Labour and Employment

19.   Jual Oram: Tribal Affairs

20.   Radha Mohan Singh: Agriculture

21.   Thaawar Chand Gehlot: Social Justice and Empowerment

22.   Smriti Irani: Human Resource Development

23. Harsh Vardhan: Health and Family Welfare

Ministers of State

24.   General V K Singh: Development of North Eastern Region (Independent Charge); External Affairs; Overseas Indian Affairs

25.  Inderjit Singh Rao: Planning (Independent Charge); Statistics and Programme Implementation (Independent Charge); Defence

26.   Santosh Kumar Gangwar: Textiles (Independent Charge); Parliamentary Affairs; Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation

27.  Shripad Yesso Naik: Culture (Independent Charge); Tourism (Independent Charge)

28.   Dharmendra Pradhan: Petroleum and Natural Gas (Independent Charge)

29.   Sarbananda Sonowal: Skill Development, Entrepreneurship, Youth Affairs and Sports (Independent Charge)

30.   Prakash Javadekar: Information and Broadcasting (Independent Charge); Environment, Forest and Climate Change (Independent Charge); Parliamentary Affairs

31.   Piyush Goyal: Power (Independent Charge); Coal (Independent Charge); New and Renewable Energy (Independent Charge)

32.   Dr Jitendra Singh: Science and Technology (Independent Charge); Earth Sciences (Independent Charge); Prime Minister Office; Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions; Department of Atomic Energy; Department of Space

33.   Nirmala Sitharaman: Commerce and Industry (Independent Charge); Finance; Corporate Affairs

34.   GM Siddeshwara: Civil Aviation

35.   Manoj Sinha: Railways

36.   Nihalchand:  Chemicals and Fertilisers

37.   Upendra Kushwaha: Rural Development; Panchayati Raj; Drinking Water and Sanitation

38.   Radhakrishnan P: Heavy Industries and Public Enterprises

39.   Kiren Rijiju: Home Affairs

40.   Krishan Pal: Road Transport and Highways; Shipping

41.   Sanjeev Kumar Balyan: Agriculture; Food Processing Industries

42.   Mansukhbhai Dhanjibhai Vasava: Tribal Affairs

43.   Raosaheb Dadarao Danve: Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution

44.   Vishnu Deo Sai: Mines; Steel; Labour and Employment

45.   Sudarshan Bhagat:  Social Justice and Empowerment.

(Edited by Joby Puthuparampil Johnson)

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