Prime Minister Narendra Modi held his first Union cabinet meeting of his second term on Friday. The first file signed by PM Modi on assuming charge in his second term as PM was to enhance the amount of scholarships under the National Defence Fund and to include State Police Personnel in its ambit. Earlier in the day, the portfolios of the council of ministers in the second term was declared. Amit Shah, who has been widely credited for the spectacular victory of the BJP in the national elections, will be the Home Minister in the new government. Mr Shah succeeds Rajnath Singh, who has been given charge of Defence ministry.
Nirmala Sitharaman will succeed Arun Jaitley as the Finance Minister in the new government. Smriti Irani, who was hailed as the giant killer after she defeated Congress President Rahul Gandhi in his family bastion of Amethi, has been given charge of Women and Child Development ministry.
Career diplomat S Jaishankar, a surprise pick in Narendra Modi's council of ministers, has been made the Foreign Minister.
PM Modi took oath for a second term in the presence of 8,000 guests including world leaders, dignitaries, politicians, celebrities and industrialists on Thursday, exactly a week after he led the BJP to a spectacular victory in the national election. Over 50 ministers joined him in the swearing-in held at the Rashtrapati Bhavan.
Here are the Highlights of PM Narendra Modi Cabinet Portfolios:
People first, people always.- Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) May 31, 2019
Glad that path-breaking decisions were taken in the Cabinet, the first in this tenure. Hardworking farmers and industrious traders will benefit greatly due to these decisions.
The decisions will enhance dignity and empowerment of several Indians. pic.twitter.com/U9JTXeyoVm
Prime Minister Narendra Modi pays tributes to Mahatma Gandhi and Sardar Patel, at the Prime Minister's Office in South Block.
Serving in @MIB_India allowed me to sit with great thinkers, hard working journalists and creative minds. They helped me become a better leader with their insights. I can't thank enough the team at I&B Ministry who helped us deliver our best.- Rajyavardhan Rathore (@Ra_THORe) May 31, 2019
BJP President Amit Shah, who is credited with leading the BJP to magnificent victories in election after election, is the most prominent newcomer in PM Modi's second government. The 54-year-old is likely to handle one of the top four ministries in the cabinet. Amit Shah has been PM Modi's confidant for over two decades.
Smriti Irani, who defeated Congress president Rahul Gandhi in his family constituency of Amethi, was among the minister who took oath yesterday. She is expected to be rewarded with a big ministry.