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Narendra Modi Cabinet: Amit Shah gets Home Minister, Nirmala becomes first woman Finance Minister

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Narendra Modi Cabinet: Amit Shah gets Home, Nirmala becomes first woman Finance Minister

BJP president Amit Shah is the new Union Home Minister and former Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman the fresh Finance and Corporate Affairs Minister. Former Home Minister Rajnath Singh takes over Defence and former Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar will take care of External Affairs.

The allocation of portfolios to newly sworn-in members of the Council of Ministers, announced on Friday, shows more of a juggle in the top four Ministries, with other portfolios largely remaining with those who held them in the outgoing government.

Smriti Irani has been allotted Women and Child Development in addition to Textiles which she held earlier. Ravi Shankar Prasad, Dharmendra Pradhan and Piyush Goyal have retained Law, Petroleum and Railways respectively.

Gajendra Singh Shekhawat, who was a Minister of State in the last government, is now a Cabinet Minister for “Jal Shakti”, which will — as pointed out by Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the BJP’s manifesto launch in April — be a priority area for the new government. The crucial Agriculture Ministry has been allotted to Narendra Singh Tomar. He will also hold Rural Development and Panchayati Raj.

Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’ is the new Minister for Human Resources, while Prakash Javadekar has been made the Environment and Forests Minister.

The allocation appears to be a mix of bold change in the top four of the Cabinet Committee on Security (CCS) with a status quo in the rest.

Here is the list of Ministers and their portfolios :

Name Portfolio
Prime Minister Narendra Modi Prime Minister and 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 Minister for Defence.
Amit Shah Minister for Home Affairs.
Nitin Jairam Gadkari Minister for Road Transport and Highways; and Minister for Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises.
D.V. Sadananda Gowda Minister for Chemicals and Fertilizers.
Nirmala Sitharaman Minister for Finance; and Minister for Corporate Affairs.
Ram Vilas Paswan Minister for Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution.
Narendra Singh Tomar Minister for Agriculture and Farmers Welfare; Minister for Rural Development; and Minister for Panchayati Raj.
Ravi Shankar Prasad Minister for Law and Justice; Minister for Communications; and Minister for Electronics and Information Technology.
Harsimrat Kaur Badal Minister for Food Processing Industries.
Thaawar Chand Gehlot Minister for Social Justice and Empowerment.
S. Jaishankar Minister for External Affairs.
Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’ Minister for Human Resources Development.
Arjun Munda Minister for Tribal Affairs.
Smriti Irani Minister for Women and Child Development; and Minister for Textiles.
Dr. Harsh Vardhan Minister for Health and Family Welfare; Minister for Science and Technology; and Minister for Earth Sciences.
Prakash Javadekar Minister for Environment, Forest and Climate Change; and Minister for Information and Broadcasting.
Piyush Goyal Minister for Railways; and Minister for Commerce and Industry.
Dharmendra Pradhan Minister for Petroleum and Natural Gas; and Minister for Steel.
Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi Minister for Minority Affairs.
Pralhad Joshi Minister for Parliamentary Affairs; Minister for Coal; and Minister for Mines.
Dr. Mahendra Nath Pandey Minister for Skill Development and Entrepreneurship.
Arvind Sawant Minister for Heavy Industries and Public Enterprise.
Giriraj Singh Minister for Animal Husbandry, Dairy and Fisheries.
Gajendra Singh Shekhawat Minister for ‘Jal Shakti’.

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