Modi Cabinet portfolios allocated; Sitharaman retains finance ministry, Jaishankar to serve as EAM again, ETCFO


Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday set the ball rolling for his third consecutive term by announcing the key portfolios allotted to ministers a day after their swearing-in ceremony after the first Cabinet meeting.

On Sunday, President of India Droupadi Murmu officially appointed Modi as the Prime Minister during the swearing-in ceremony.

The event marked the establishment of the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) government, with 30 cabinet ministers, 36 ministers of state (MoS), and 5 ministers of state with independent charge from the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and its allies joining the administration.

Who gets what?

Cabinet Ministers List

  • Rajnath Singh-Minister of Defence
  • Amit Shah-Minister of Home Affairs; and Minister of Cooperation
  • Nitin Jairam Gadkari-Minister of Road Transport and Highways
  • Jagat Prakash Nadda-Minister of Health and Family Welfare; and Minister of Chemicals and Fertilizers
  • Shivraj Singh Chouhan-Minister of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare; and Minister of Rural Development
  • Nirmala Sitharaman-Minister of Finance; and Minister of Corporate Affairs
  • Subrahmanyam Jaishankar-Minister of External Affairs
  • Manohar Lal Khattar-Minister of Housing and Urban Affairs; and Minister of Power
  • H. D. Kumaraswamy-Minister of Heavy Industries; and Minister of Steel
  • Piyush Goyal-Minister of Commerce and Industry
  • Dharmendra Pradhan-Minister of Education
  • Jitan Ram Manjhi-Minister of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises
  • Rajiv Ranjan Singh alias Lalan Singh-Minister of Panchayati Raj; and Minister of Fisheries, Animal Husbandry and Dairying
  • Sarbananda Sonowal-Minister of Ports, Shipping and Waterways
  • Virendra Kumar-Minister of Social Justice and Empowerment
  • Kinjarapu Rammohan Naidu-Minister of Civil Aviation
  • Pralhad Joshi-Minister of Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution; and Minister of New and Renewable Energy.
  • Jual Oram-Minister of Tribal Affairs
  • Giriraj Singh-Minister of Textiles
  • Ashwini Vaishnaw-Minister of Railways; Minister of Information and Broadcasting; and Minister of Electronics and Information Technology.
  • Jyotiraditya M. Scindia-Minister of Communications; and Minister of Development of North Eastern Region.
  • Bhupender Yadav-Minister of Environment, Forest and Climate Change
  • Gajendra Singh Shekhawat– Minister of Culture; and Minister of Tourism
  • Annpurna Devi– Minister of Women and Child Development
  • Kiren Rijiju– Minister of Parliamentary Affairs; and Minister of Minority Affairs
  • Hardeep Singh Puri– Minister of Petroleum and Natural Gas
  • Mansukh Mandaviya-Minister of Labour and Employment; and Minister of Youth Affairs and Sports.
  • G. Kishan Reddy– Minister of Coal; and Minister of Mines
  • Chirag Paswan– Minister of Food Processing Industries
  • C R Patil– Minister of Jal Shakti

Ministers of State (Independent charge)

  • Rao Inderjit Singh– Minister of State (Independent Charge) of the Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation; Minister of State (Independent Charge) of the Ministry of Planning; and Minister of State in the Ministry of Culture.
  • Jitendra Singh– Minister of State (Independent Charge) of the Ministry of Science and Technology; Minister of State (Independent Charge) of the Ministry of Earth Sciences; 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; and Minister of State in the Department of Space
  • Arjun Ram Meghwal– Minister of State (Independent Charge) of the Ministry of Law and Justice; and Minister of State in the Ministry of Parliamentary Affairs
  • Jadhav Prataprao Ganpatrao– Minister of State (Independent Charge) of the Ministry of Ayush; and Minister of State in the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare
  • Jayant Chaudhary– Minister of State (Independent Charge) of the Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship; and Minister of State in the Ministry of Education

Ministers of State

  • Jitin Prasada– Minister of State in the Ministry of Commerce and Industry; and Minister of State in the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology
  • Shripad Yesso Naik– Minister of State in the Ministry of Power; and Minister of State in the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy
  • Pankaj Chaudhary– Minister of State in the Ministry of Finance
  • Krishan Pal– Minister of State in the Ministry of Cooperation
  • Ramdas Athawale– Minister of State in the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment
  • Ram Nath Thakur– Minister of State in the Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare
  • Nityanand Rai– Minister of State in the Ministry of Home Affairs
  • Anupriya Patel– Minister of State in the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare; and Minister of State in the Ministry of Chemicals and Fertilizers
  • V. Somanna– Minister of State in the Ministry of Jal Shakti; and Minister of State in the Ministry of Railways.
  • Chandra Sekhar Pemmasani– Minister of State in the Ministry of Rural Development; and Minister of State in the Ministry of Communications
  • S. P. Singh Baghel– Minister of State in the Ministry of Fisheries, Animal Husbandry and Dairying; and Minister of State in the Ministry of Panchayati Raj
  • Sobha Karandlaje– Minister of State in the Ministry of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises; and Minister of State in the Ministry of Labour and Employment
  • Kirtivardhan Singh– Minister of State in the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change; and Minister of State in the Ministry of External Affairs
  • B. L. Verma– Minister of State in the Ministry of Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution; and Minister of State in the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment
  • Shantanu Thakur– Minister of State in the Ministry of Ports, Shipping and Waterways
  • Suresh Gopi– Minister of State in the Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas; and Minister of State in the Ministry of Tourism
  • L. Murugan– Minister of State in the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting; and Minister of State in the Ministry of Parliamentary Affairs
  • Ajay Tamta– Minister of State in the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways
  • Bandi Sanjay Kumar– Minister of State in the Ministry of Home Affairs
  • Kamlesh Paswan– Minister of State in the Ministry of Rural Development
  • Bhagirath Choudhary-Minister of State in the Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare
  • Satish Chandra Dubey– Minister of State in the Ministry of Coal; and Minister of State in the Ministry of Mines
  • Sanjay Seth– Minister of State in the Ministry of Defence
  • Ravneet Singh– Minister of State in the Ministry of Food Processing Industries; and Minister of State in the Ministry of Railways.
  • Durgadas Uikey– Minister of State in the Ministry of Tribal Affairs
  • Raksha Nikhil Khadse– Minister of State in the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports
  • Sukanta Majumdar– Minister of State in the Ministry of Education; and Minister of State in the Ministry of Development of North Eastern Region
  • Savitri Thakur– Minister of State in the Ministry of Women and Child Development
  • Tokhan Sahu– Minister of State in the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs.
  • Raj Bhushan Choudhary– Minister of State in the Ministry of Jal Shakti
  • Bhupathi Raju Srinivasa Varma– Minister of State in the Ministry of Heavy Industries; and Minister of State in the Ministry of Steel
  • Harsh Malhotra– Minister of State in the Ministry of Corporate Affairs; and Minister of State in the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways
  • Nimuben Jayantibhai Bambhaniya– Minister of State in the Ministry of Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution
  • Murlidhar Mohol– Minister of State in the Ministry of Cooperation; and Minister of State in the Ministry of Civil Aviation
  • George Kurian– Minister of State in the Ministry of Minority Affairs; and Minister of State in the Ministry of Fisheries, Animal Husbandry and Dairying
  • Pabitra Margherita– Minister of State in the Ministry of External Affairs; and Minister of State in the Ministry of Textiles

Ministers & their portfolios

Amit Shah: Amit Shah retained the home ministry this time around. At 59, Shah has had a significant journey within the BJP, evolving from a grassroots party worker to one of its most influential figures. As a close confidant of PM Modi, Shah’s meticulous nature and strategic prowess have been pivotal in shaping major government policies. Notably, he played a crucial role in the abrogation of Article 370 in Jammu and Kashmir and the amendment of the citizenship laws. His leadership was instrumental in the BJP’s robust performances in the 2014 and 2019 general elections, marking him as a key architect behind the party’s electoral successes and strategic moves.Nirmala Sitharaman: For a second consecutive term, Sitharaman was given charge of the finance ministry. She has steadily advanced through pivotal roles within the BJP and the Modi administration, earning her status as a senior and trusted ally of PM Modi. Sitharaman, 64, has previously managed the trade, defense, and finance ministries for NDA. As FM, Sitharaman prioritised infrastructure spending to align with Modi’s vision, successfully reducing the fiscal deficit from over 9 per cent of GDP during the pandemic. She also advocated for greater transparency in government finances and supervised economic growth exceeding 8 per cent, positioning India as one of the fastest-growing major economies. Her strong relationship with the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) facilitated a record government dividend payout of approximately ₹2.11 lakh crore this year.S Jaishankar: S jaishankar was given the ministry of external affairs in Modi’s new cabinet for his third term. Jaishankar is a seasoned diplomat, and has adeptly managed India’s foreign relations as Foreign Minister for the past five years. Under his leadership, India has navigated the complexities of two ongoing global conflicts and rising tensions with China, while maintaining an independent stance in a shifting US-led global order. Known for his firm defense of India’s ties with Russia, Jaishankar has overseen continued purchases of Russian oil and military equipment despite increasing Western sanctions. Before his current role, Jaishankar was India’s Ambassador to China and served as Foreign Secretary.

Piyush Goyal: Retaining his ministry, Piyush Goyal was re-appointed as the commerce minister. At 59, Goyal has played key roles in trade, textiles, and consumer affairs during the previous Modi administrations. With a 35-year-long political career, Goyal has also managed critical portfolios like coal and power and served as the BJP’s national treasurer. Recently, he engaged in significant trade negotiations, including a potential free trade agreement with the UK. This year, Goyal contested his first Lok Sabha election, having represented Maharashtra in the Rajya Sabha since 2010.

Nitin Gadkari: The minister retained his position and got charge of the ministry of Road and Transport. He is deeply connected with the BJP’s ideological foundation, the RSS, and has been instrumental in leading the transport ministry under Modi’s government. Known for his significant contributions, Gadkari, 67, has been credited with expanding India’s infrastructure, notably constructing around 10,000 kilometres of roads annually since 2018, as per the Centre for Monitoring Indian Economy. He also advocates for the adoption of ethanol as a fuel alternative and has been pushing for enhanced safety standards in India’s automotive industry.

Rajnath Singh: Rajnath Singh was given the charge of defence ministry for the second time. Singh, 72, has been India’s defense minister for the past five years, overseeing a significant push for self-reliance in defense production. In Modi 3.0, Singh is set to become defence minister yet again. Under his leadership, the government restricted imports of several defense items, aiming to manufacture key weapons domestically. Simultaneously, India has expanded its defense imports from the US amidst rising tensions with China. Singh has also championed greater roles for women in the armed forces, extending their service terms and enhancing promotion opportunities. Previously, Singh served as BJP’s national president.

Shivraj Singh Chouhan: The newly-inducted minister, Chouhan, 65, was given agriculture ministry with rural development ministry. He brings over two decades of political experience, including serving as the chief minister of Madhya Pradesh for a significant period of time. Although recently overlooked for another term as chief minister, he secured a parliamentary seat in the latest elections. Known for his popularity among BJP grassroots members, Chouhan also belongs to a lower Hindu caste, enhancing his appeal among those voters. He has been a member of parliament twice before.

Who are the Cabinet Ministers part of Modi 3.0?

The following leaders took oath as Cabinet Ministers at the Rashtrapati Bhavan, Raj Nath Singh, Amit Shah, Nitin Jairam Gadkari, Jagat Prakash Nadda, Shivraj Singh Chouhan, Nirmala Sitharaman, Subrahmanyam Jaishankar, Manohar Lal, HD Kumaraswamy, Piyush Goyal, Dharmendra Pradhan, Jitan Ram Manjhi, Rajiv Ranjan Singh alias Lalan Singh, Sarbananda Sonowal, Virendra Kumar, Kinjarapu Rammohan Naidu, Pralhad Joshi, Jual Oram, Giriraj Singh, Ashwini Vaishnaw, Jyotiraditya M. Scindia, Bhupender Yadav, Gajendra Singh Shekhawat, Annpurna Devi, Kiren Rijiju, Hardeep Singh Puri, Mansukh Mandaviya, G Kishan Reddy, Chirag Paswan and C R Patil took oath as Cabinet Ministers on Sunday.

Additionally, the following were sworn in as Ministers of State (Independent Charge): Rao Inderjit Singh, Jitendra Singh, Arjun Ram Meghwal, Jadhav Prataprao Ganpatrao and Jayant Chaudhary.

The new Ministers of State include: Jitin Prasada, Shripad Yesso Naik, Pankaj Chaudhary, Krishan Pal Ramdas AthawaleRam Nath Thakur Nityanand Rai Anupriya Patel V. Somanna, Chandra Sekhar Pemmasani, SP Singh Baghel, Sushri Sobha Karandlaje, Kirtivardhan Singh, BL Verma, Shantanu Thakur, Suresh Gopi, L Murugan, Ajay Tamta, Bandi Sanjay Kumar, Kamlesh Paswan, Bhagirath Choudhary, Satish Chandra Dubey, Sanjay Seth, Ravneet Singh, Durgadas Uikey, Raksha Nikhil Khadse, Sukanta Majumdar, Savitri Thakur, Tokhan Sahu, Raj Bhushan Choudhary, Bhupathi Raju Srinivasa Varma, Harsh Malhotra, Nimuben Jayantibhai Bambhaniya, Murlidhar Mohol, George Kurian and Pabitra Margherita.

  • Published On Jun 10, 2024 at 08:39 PM IST

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