New Delhi, July 7
Prime Minister Narendra Modi allocated new portfolios to his cabinet colleagues on Wednesday evening—a development that comes hours after he expanded his cabinet to include 36 new faces.
The central government has, apart from the Prime Minister, 30 Cabinet Ministers and 45 Ministers of State.
Home Minister Amit Shah took over the newly-instituted Cooperation Ministry.
Gujarat MP and now minister Mansukh Mandviya was allocated Health—a charge that the now-former minister Harsh Vardhan held until Wednesday morning—and Chemicals portfolio. Dharmendra Pradhan will now take over Education Ministry—a charge he’ll take over from now-former minister Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’—as well as Skill Development and Entrepreneurship Ministry.
Former Minister of State for Finance Anurag Thakur will take over the Information and Broadcast Ministry, a charge BJP leader Prakash Javadekar held previously. He is now a Cabinet Minister.
The development comes after the Prime Minister promoted seven of his council of ministers to cabinet rank and added 36 new faces to his list of ministers.
Here’s a list of the new allocations:
Rajnath Singh: Minister of Defence
Amit Shah: Minister of Home Affairs; and Minister of Cooperation
Nitin Jairam Gadkari: Minister of Road Transport and Highways
Nirmala Sitharaman: Minister of Finance; and Minister of Corporate Affairs
Narendra Singh Tomar: Minister of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare
Subrahmanyam Jaishankar: Minister of External Affairs
Arjun Munda: Minister of Tribal Affairs
Smriti Zubin Irani: Minister of Women and Child Development
Piyush Goyal: Minister of Commerce and Industry; Minister of Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution; and Minister of Textiles
Dharmendra Pradhan: Minister of Education; and Minister of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship
Pralhad Joshi: Minister of Parliamentary Affairs; Minister of Coal; and Minister of Mines
Narayan Tatu Rane: Minister of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises
Sarbananda Sonowal: Minister of Ports, Shipping and Waterways; and Minister of AYUSH
Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi: Minister of Minority Affairs
Virendra Kumar: Minister of Social Justice and Empowerment
Giriraj Singh: Minister of Rural Development; and Minister of Panchayati Raj
Jyotiraditya M. Scindia: Minister of Civil Aviation
Ramchandra Prasad Singh: Minister of Steel
Ashwini Vaishnaw: Minister of Railways; Minister of Communications; and Minister of Electronics and Information Technology
Pashu Pati Kumar Paras: Minister of Food Processing Industries
Gajendra Singh Shekhawat: Minister of Jal Shakti
Kiren Rijiju: Minister of Law and Justice
Raj Kumar Singh: Minister of Power; and Minister of New and Renewable Energy
Hardeep Singh Puri: Minister of Petroleum and Natural Gas; and Minister of Housing and Urban Affairs
Mansukh Mandaviya: Minister of Health and Family Welfare; and Minister of Chemicals and Fertilizers
Bhupender Yadav: Minister of Environment, Forest and Climate Change; and Minister of Labour and Employment
Mahendra Nath Pandey: Minister of Heavy Industries
Parshottam Rupala: Minister of Fisheries, Animal Husbandry and Dairying
G. Kishan Reddy: Minister of Culture; Minister of Tourism; and Minister of Development of North Eastern Region
Anurag Singh Thakur: Minister of Information and Broadcasting; and Minister of Youth Affairs and Sports