In a restructuring of his Cabinet, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday combined 17 related ministries into seven different groups, including some infrastructure departments, in an apparent bid to ensure synergy and better results.
First, the Ministry of Overseas Indian Affairs, created in UPA-II, has been brought together with external affairs ministry under Sushma Swaraj while Corporate Affairs has been brought back to Finance under Arun Jaitley.
In infrastructure sector, the Prime Minister has combined Road Transport and Highways and Shipping in the ministry to be headed by Nitin Gadkari, who had made a name for himself by adopting an innovative approach in expanding road transport network and bridges in Maharashtra when he was a minister there in BJP-Shiv Sena Government.
Another important infrastructure combination is bringing together Power, Coal and New and Renewable Energy under the independent charge of Minister of State Piyush Goyal. These used to be separate ministries with Cabinet ministers incharge in the UPA governments.