10 key changes you must know about PM Narendra Modi's Cabinet reshuffle and expansion

BT Online   New Delhi     Last Updated: July 6, 2016  | 16:12 IST
10 key changes you must know about PM Narendra Modi's Cabinet
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PM Narendra Modi on Tuesday expanded his Cabinet with 19 new faces, including several dalit and OBC leaders as well as those from poll-bound states like Uttar Pradesh. He also sacked five ministers of state.

This is the second expansion of the council of ministers since Modi government came to power in May 2014.

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Below is a quick look at the major changes that were made:


  1. Prakash Javadekar, who held the independent charge of environment, was the lone minister promoted to the cabinet rank while all new inductees took oath as ministers of state.
  2. High profile Smriti Irani was shifted from the key Human Resource Development (HRD) ministry to less significant Textiles portfolio. Prakash Javadekar is now the new HRD minister.
  3. Arun Jaitley is no more the minister of Information & Broadcasting. He will only head Finance Ministry.
  4. Urban Development Minister M Venkaiah Naidu gets Information and Broadcasting portfolio but loses the Parliamentary Affairs.
  5. Fertilisers Minister Ananth Kumar has been given additional Parliamentary Affairs portfolio, a key change that signals governmen't intent at better floor management to ensure the passage of the Goods and Services (GST) Constitution amendment.
  6. Jayant Sinha has been shifted from Finance to Civil Aviation in the minister of state rank, a post held by Mahesh Sharma, who will now look after only Culture and Tourism.
  7. Ravi Shankar Prasad was made the new law minister and moved out of telecom.
  8. The 19 new faces include BJP leaders S S Ahluwalia, M J Akbar and Vijay Goel. MJ Akbar will be the second Minister of state for External Affairs along with V K Singh.
  9. The five ministers, those were dropped are: Sanwar Lal Jat (Water Resources), Nihalchand (Panchayati Raj), Ram Shankar Katheria (HRD), Mansukh Bhai Vasava (Tribal Affairs) and Mohanbhai Kundaria (Agriculture).
  10. With the induction of the 19 and the dropping of the five MoS, the strength of Prime Minster's Council of Ministers, including himself now stands at 78, just  under the constitutionally allowed maximum.


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