New Look at Modi Sarkar after reshuffle Portfolios declared, full list of new Union council of ministers after reshuffle

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HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, New Delhi, Sep 03, 2017

Cover Photo: Cabinet Reshuffle 2017:  India's new Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman takes oath. She was Commerce Minister previously.

 

                  James kottoor(NoteThe CCV readers should  know who is who in the full list of Council of Ministers of Modi just revised. Some got elevated, some demoted and nine new faces were brought in. The general opinion in the press is that Modi has sprung several new surprises.

                     The promoted new Cabinet ministers are Piyush Goyal, Nirmala Sitharaman, Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi and Dharmendra Pradhan. Keep a watch on their performance in the coming days.  The complaint is Modi takes decisions without consulting any of his ministers. Let us look forward to see some change for the better in the coming days.

                     The CCV editor is back in Kochi, after he took a Cheap Cattle Class flight from Chicago to Rome, to Abudabi and to Kochi, after getting locked up at Rome air post for just 15 hours. The slow movement forward is the price Cattle Class has to pay for the cheap price they pay. Left Chicago on 20th and reached Kochi on 23rd. But reached safe. james kottoor, editor, CCV).    

Prime Minister Narendra Modi expanded his cabinet on Sunday, inducting nine new faces and promoting four. Here is the full list of his council of ministers:

 

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President Ram Nath Kovind, Vice President M. Venkaiah Naidu, Prime Minister Narendra Modi pose with new members of cabinet after the reshuffle at Rashtrapati Bhavan in New Delhi on Sunday. (PTI Photo)

 

Prime Minister Narendra Modi elevated four senior ministers to the cabinet rank as he roped in nine new faces to the Union council of ministers on Sunday morning.

The ministers promoted were Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi, Dharmendra Pradhan, Piyush Goyal and Nirmala Sitharaman. Here are the revised portfolios of the ministers:

 

CABINET MINISTERS

1.Rajnath Singh: Minister of Home Affairs.

2.Sushma Swaraj: Minister of External Affairs.

3.Arun Jaitley: Minister of Finance; Minister of Corporate Affairs.

4. Nitin Jairam Gadkari: Minister of Road Transport and Highways; Minister of Shipping; Minister of Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation.

5.Suresh Prabhu: Minister of Commerce and Industry.

6.DV Sadananda Gowda: Minister of Statistics and Programme Implementation.

7. Uma Bharati: Minister of Drinking Water and Sanitation.

8.Ramvilas Paswan: Minister of Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution.

9.Maneka Sanjay: Gandhi Minister of Women and Child Development.

10.Ananthkumar: Minister of Chemicals and Fertilizers; Minister of Parliamentary Affairs.

11.Ravi Shankar Prasad: Minister of Law and Justice; Minister of Electronics and Information Technology.

12.Jagat Prakash Nadda: Minister of Health and Family Welfare.

13.Ashok Gajapathi Raju Pusapati: Minister of Civil Aviation.

14.Anant Geete: Minister of Heavy Industries and Public Enterprises.

15.Harsimrat Kaur Badal: Minister of Food Processing Industries.

16.Narendra Singh Tomar: Minister of Rural Development; Minister of Panchayati Raj; Minister of Mines.

17.Chaudhary Birender Singh: Minister of Steel.

18.Jual Oram: Minister of Tribal Affairs.

19.Radha Mohan Singh: Minister of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare.

20.Thaawar Chand Gehlot: Minister of Social Justice and Empowerment.

21. Smriti Zubin Irani: Minister of Textiles; Minister of Information and Broadcasting.

22.Harsh Vardhan: Minister of Science and Technology; Minister of Earth Sciences; Minister of Environment, Forest and Climate Change.

23.Prakash Javadekar: Minister of Human Resource Development.

24.Dharmendra Pradhan: Minister of Petroleum and Natural Gas; Minister of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship.

25.Piyush Goyal: Minister of Railways; Minister of Coal.

26. Nirmala Sitharaman: Minister of Defence.

27.Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi: Minister of Minority Affairs.

 

MINISTERS OF STATE (INDEPENDENT CHARGE)

1.Rao Inderjit Singh Minister of State (Independent Charge) of the Ministry of Planning; Minister of State in the Ministry of Chemicals and Fertilizers.

2.Santosh Kumar Gangwar: Minister of State (Independent Charge) of the Ministry of Labour and Employment.

3.Shripad Yesso Naik: Minister of State (Independent Charge) of the Ministry of Ayurveda, Yoga and Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha and Homoeopathy (AYUSH).

4.Jitendra Singh: Minister of State (Independent Charge) of the Ministry of Development of North Eastern Region; Minister of State in the Prime Minister’s Office; Minister of State in the Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions; Minister of State in the Department of Atomic Energy; Minister of State in the Department of Space.

5.Mahesh Sharma: Minister of State (Independent Charge) of the Ministry of Culture; Minister of State in the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change.

6.Giriraj Singh: Minister of State (Independent Charge) of the Ministry of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises.

7.Manoj Sinha: Minister of State (Independent Charge) of the Ministry of Communications; Minister of State in the Ministry of Railways.

8.Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore: Minister of State (Independent Charge) of the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports; Minister of State in the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting.

9.Raj Kumar Singh: Minister of State (Independent Charge) of the Ministry of Power; Minister of State (Independent Charge) of the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy.

10.Hardeep Singh Puri: Minister of State (Independent Charge) of the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs.

11.Alphons Kannanthanam: Minister of State (Independent Charge) of the Ministry of Tourism; Minister of State in the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology.

MINISTERS OF STATE

1.Vijay Goel: Minister of State in the Ministry of Parliamentary Affairs; Minister of State in the Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation.

2.Radhakrishnan P: Minister of State in the Ministry of Finance; Minister of State in the Ministry of Shipping.

3.SS Ahluwalia: Minister of State in the Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation.

4.Ramesh Chandappa Jigajinagi: Minister of State in the Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation.

5.Ramdas Athawale: Minister of State in the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment.

6.Vishnu Deo Sai: Minister of State in the Ministry of Steel.

7.Ram Kripal Yadav: Minister of State in the Ministry of Rural Development.

8.Hansraj Gangaram Ahir: Minister of State in the Ministry of Home Affairs.

9.Haribhai Parthibhai Chaudhary: Minister of State in the Ministry of Mines; Minister of State in the Ministry of Coal.

10.Rajen Gohain: Minister of State in the Ministry of Railways.

11.VK Singh Minister of State in the Ministry of External Affairs.

12.Parshottam Rupala: Minister of State in the Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare; Minister of State in the Ministry of Panchayati Raj.

13.Krishan Pal: Minister of State in the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment.

14.Jaswantsinh Sumanbhai Bhabhor: Minister of State in the Ministry of Tribal Affairs.

15.Shiv Pratap Shukla: Minister of State in the Ministry of Finance.

16.Ashwini Kumar Choubey: Minister of State in the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare.

17.Sudarshan Bhagat: Minister of State in the Ministry of Tribal Affairs.

18.Upendra Kushwaha: Minister of State in the Ministry of Human Resource Development.

19.Kiren Rijiju: Minister of State in the Ministry of Home Affairs.

20. Virendra Kumar: Minister of State in the Ministry of Women and Child Development; Minister of State in the Ministry of Minority Affairs.

21.Anantkumar Hegde: Minister of State in the Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship.

22.MJ Akbar: Minister of State in the Ministry of External Affairs.

23.Niranjan Jyoti: Minister of State in the Ministry of Food Processing Industries.

24.YS Chowdary: Minister of State in the Ministry of Science and Technology; Minister of State in the Ministry of Earth Sciences.

25.Jayant Sinha: Minister of State in the Ministry of Civil Aviation.

26.Babul Supriyo: Minister of State in the Ministry of Heavy Industries and Public Enterprises.

27.Vijay Sampla: Minister of State in the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment.

28.Arjun Ram Meghwal: Minister of State in the Ministry of Parliamentary Affairs; Minister of State in the Ministry of Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation.

29.Ajay Tamta: Minister of State in the Ministry of Textiles.

30. Krishna Raj: Minister of State in the Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare.

31.Mansukh L Mandaviya: Minister of State in the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways; Minister of State in the Ministry of Shipping; Minister of State in the Ministry of Chemicals and Fertilizers.

32. Anupriya Patel: Minister of State in the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare.

33.CR Chaudhary: Minister of State in the Ministry of Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution; Minister of State in the Ministry of Commerce and Industry.

34.PP Chaudhary: Minister of State in the Ministry of Law and Justice; Minister of State in the Ministry of Corporate Affairs.

35.Subhash Ramrao Bhamre: Minister of State in the Ministry of Defence.

36.Gajendra Singh Shekhawat: Minister of State in the Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare.

37.Satya Pal Singh: Minister of State in the Ministry of Human Resource Development; Minister of State in the Ministry of Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation.

 

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  1. Isaac Gomes says:

    Note on Alphons Kannanthanam: Minister of State (Independent Charge), the first Malayali minister in BJP cabinet. 

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    In 1979, having given his Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) exams, a 26-year-old man from Kerala couldn’t be bothered to look for his name in the list of successful candidates in the newspapers. Instead, he tucked the paper under his pillow and went back to sleep.

    “I call it confidence, some would say arrogance; to each his own. I was confident that my name would be there, somewhere on the first paragraph of the results, which usually has the toppers,” he later wrote in his best selling autobiography in Malayalam ‘India Mattathinte Muzhakkam’.

    On Sunday, Alphons Kannanthanam—he stood eighth in the UPSC exam —was inducted into the cabinet as its first Malayali minister. The former bureaucrat has been made MoS (Independent Charge) of the Ministry of Tourism and MoS in the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology

    Kannanthanam earned a reputation for being an earnest civil servant after making Kottayam the first fully literate town in the country as part of the literacy campaign launched by the communist government in 1989.

    He later hogged headlines as an unrelenting officer in Delhi, going after illegal constructions, that earned him the moniker ‘demolition man’. He also figured in Time magazine’s 1994 list of “100 young global leaders” — Mukesh Ambani who was only other Indian on it.

    Kannanthanam quit the civil service in 2006 and joined politics, served as an independent Kottayam legislator backed by the communists. In a massive change, he moved to the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) during 2014 Lok Sabha polls and was made a member of its national executive council soon after joining. However, he was never appointed to a top post.

    As a result, experts see Kannanthanam’s elevation as nothing more than reflecting the BJP’s current focus on Kerala. The party has been long been desperate to make a dent in Kerala’s traditional two-party politics dominated by the Congress and Communist Party of India (Marxist). Last year it won its first assembly seat. But its hardships are far from over.

    BJP president Amit Shah gave a clear message to the state unit in June that it is simply impossible to win more seats in Kerala without the support of at least one of the minorities—Christians and Muslims —who together make up half of the state’s population.

    “No doubt at all, the Christian community will be willing to respond (to Kannanthanam’s elevation). That kind of statement is already coming from senior Bishops,” said BRP Bhaskar, a political commentator and veteran journalist.

    Although a relative outsider, Kannanthanam is a practicing Syrian Catholic, a good orator, has a track record of bureaucratic efficiency, a political mind, and now has the blessings of Shah and Modi.

    “He always had a political mind. When he was a bureaucrat he launched a non profit (Janshakti). He had a knack to negotiate his candidacy with the communists. His personal ambition was to grow nationally so he joined BJP, although he has been very critical of BJP’s Hindutva politics in the past,” said Bhaskar.

    Mint could not immediately get a comment from Kannanthanam for this story. But when asked if would be the face of BJP in Kerala in an interview with India Today after the swearing in on Sunday, he said, “Kerala has to be part of the PM’s agenda, otherwise Kerala is going to miss out.”

    (Source: livemint 3rd September 2017)

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