In a big cabinet reshuffle by Prime Minister Narendra Modi today, Ms Irani has been moved out of the Human Resource Development or HRD ministry and Prakash Javadekar, promoted to cabinet rank this morning, will hold the portfolio now. In other important changes made by PM Modi, Venkaiah Naidu will now be Minister for Information and Broadcasting, a portfolio held by Finance Minister Arun Jaitley as an additional charge. Sadananda Gowda loses the Law Ministry to Ravi Shankar Prasad, who is also the Information Technology Minister.
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Parshottam Rupala is Minister of State for Agriculture and Farmers Welfare, Panchayati Raj.
Sanjeev Kumar Balyan appointed Minister of State for Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation.
Jasvantsinh Sumanbhai Bhabhor appointed Minister of State for Tribal Affairs.
Krishan Pal will be Minister of State for Social Justice and Empowerment.
TDP's YS Chowdary will be Minister of State for Science and Technology, Earth Sciences.
Vishnu Deo Sai will be Minister of State for Steel. Sudarshan Bhagat will be Minister of State for Agriculture and Farmers Welfare.
GM Siddeshwara is Minister of State for Heavy Industries and Public Enterprises and Rajen Gohain will handle Railways as Minister of State.
While Upendra Kushwaha is Minister of State for Human Resources Development, Pon Radhakrishnan will be incharge of Road Transport and Highways, Shipping.
VK Singh is Minister of State for External Affairs.
Babul Supriyo appointed Minister of State for Urban Development, Housing and Urban Poverty Alleviation.
Sadhvi Niranjan Jyoti will be incharge of Food Processing Industries.
Vijay Sampla appointed Minister of State for Social Justice and Empowerment.
Mahendra Nath Pandey will be the new Minister of State for Human Resource Development.
Krishna Raj will be the new minister for Women and Child Development.
Mansukh L Mandaviya appointed Minister of State for Road Transport and Highways, Shipping, Chemicals and Fertilizers.
Dr Subhash Ramrao Bhamre will be Minister of State for Defence.
PP Chaudhary appointed Minister of State for Law and Justice, Electronics and Information Technology.
CR Chaudhary will be Minister of State for Consumer Affairs, Food & Public Distribution.
Haribhai Parthibhai Chaudhary gets Micro, Small & Medium Enterprises.
Sadananda Gowda given Statistics and Programme Implementation.
Uma Bharati given Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation.
Dr Harsh Vardhan will be incharge of Science and Technology, Earth Sciences.
Giriraj Singh gets charge of Micro, Small & Medium Enterprises.
Ram Kripal Yadav will be incharge of Rural Development Ministry.
Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi appointed Minister of State for Minority Affairs and Parliamentary Affairs.
Jitendra Singh gets independent charge of Development of North Eastern Region. He will be Minister of State for Prime Minister's Office Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions Department of Atomic Energy Department of Space.
Manoj Sinha appointed Minister of State for Communications (Independent Charge) and Railways.
Nirmala Sitharaman appointed Minister of State for Commerce and Industry (Independent Charge).
Piyush Goyal given independent charge of Power, Coal, New and Renewable Energy and Mines.
Dharmendra Pradhan given independent charge of Petroleum and Natural Gas.
Shripad Yesso Naik has been given independent charge of AAYUSH.
Rajiv Pratap Rudy appointed Minister of State for Skill Development and Entrepreneurship (Independent Charge).
Bandaru Dattatreya appointed Minister of State for Labour & Employment (Independent Charge).
Rao Inderjit Singh appointed Minister of State for Planning (Independent Charge), Urban Development, Housing & Urban Poverty Alleviation.
Ramdas Athawale appointed Minister of State for Social Justice and Empowerment Department.
Arjun Ram Meghwal appointed Minister of State Finance for Corporate Affairs.
Ramesh Chandappa Jigajinagi given Drinking Water and Sanitation Department.
Hansraj Gangaram Ahir is the new Minister of State Home Affairs
Santosh Kumar Gangwar has been given Finance department
Chaudhary Birender Singh removed from rural development, now gets steel.
Dr Mahesh Sharma gets independent charge of Culture and Tourism Ministries.
Ajay Tamta has been allotted textiles department.
Anupriya Patel appointed Minister of State Health and Family Welfare.
Narendra Singh Tomar is the new Rural Development Minister.
Ananthkumar is selected as new Parliamentary Affairs Minister.
MJ Akbar is the new Minister of State, External Affairs
Jayant Sinha moved out of finance to civil aviation.
Ravi Shankar Prasad gets additional charge of law and justice.
M Venkaiah Naidu to be the new Information and Broadcast Minister: Sources
SS Ahluwalia appointed Minister of State Agriculture and Farmers' Welfare, Parliamentary Affairs: Sources
Faggan Singh Kulaste will be incharge of health and family welfare: Sources
Anil Madhav Dave appointed Minister of State Environment, Forest and Climate Change (Independent In Charge): Sources
Vijay Goel appointed Minister of State for Youth Affairs, Sports (independent charge) and Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation: Sources
Smriti Irani loses has been moved to Textiles Ministry: sources
Prakash Javadekar to be in charge of the Education Ministry: sources
New portfolios for ministers have been announced: sources
PM Modi poted a photo with members of his newly sworn-in colleagues on Instagram.
"Thankful to Prime Minister Narendra Modi for reposing his faith in me, will fulfil responsibility with complete sincerity," says Anupriya Patel.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi invites newly inducted ministers for tea at 2:30 p.m., reports news agency ANI.
Five ministers dropped in PM Modi's cabinet reshuffle: news agency ANI.
Ministers dropped: Nihalchand, RS Katheria, Sanwar Lal Jat, Manuskhbhai D Vasva, MK Kundariya.
In Prime Minister Narendra Modi's reshuffled cabinet, 19 new ministers take oath and environment minister Prakash Javadekar gets an elevation.
Subhash Bhamre, a cancer surgeon and BJP MP from Maharashtra, takes oath.
PP Chaudhary, BJP's Lok Sabha MP from Rajasthan, sworn in.
CR Chaudhary, BJP's Lok Sabha member from Rajasthan, takes oath as minister.
Anupriya Patel, leader of BJP's Uttar Pradesh ally Apna Dal, takes oath as minister.
Mansukh Mandaviya, Rajya Sabha member from Gujarat, sworn in. He cycled to Rashtrapati Bhavan.
Krishna Raj, Lok Sabha MP from Uttar Pradesh, sworn in.
Ajay Tamta, Lok Sabha MP from Uttarakhand, takes oath as minister.
Mahendra Nath Pandey takes oath. He is a Lok Sabha MP from Uttar Pradesh, where elections are due next year.
Jaswantsinh Bhabhor, MP from Gujarat, takes oath.
Arjun Ram Meghwal, MP from Rajasthan, takes oath.
MJ Akbar, MP from Madhya Pradesh, takes oath.
Parshottam Rupala, BJP MP from Gujarat, takes oath.
Anil Madhav Dave, BJP MP from Madhya Pradesh, takes oath.
Rajen Gohain, BJP MP from Assam, takes oath.
Ramdas Athawale, Republic Party MP from Maharashtra, takes oath.
Vijay Goel, former Delhi BJP chief and MP from Rajasthan, takes oath.
Ramesh Chandappa Jigajinagi, MP from Karnataka, takes oath.
SS Ahluwalia, MP from Darjeeling, five-time lawmaker, takes oath.
Faggan Singh Kulaste takes oath.
Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar takes oath, elevated to cabinet rank.
Ramdas Athawale is member of the Rajya Sabha from Maharashtra. He belongs to BJP's ally Republican Party of India (RPI). He was elected to Lok Sabha in 1998 from Mumbai North Central in alliance with the Congress. He was also elected to Lok Sabha from Maharashtra's Pandharpur constituency in 1999 and 2004 in alliance with Congress-NCP but lost the elections in 2009 from Shirdi.
Parshottam Rupala is currently one of the vice presidents of the BJP and also a member of Rajya Sabha from Gujarat. Mr Rupala is a strong Patel leader from Gujarat. He was also a Cabinet minister in Gujarat under Keshubhai Patel and Narendra Modi.
Shiv Sena MP and Union Minister Anant Geete to attend the oath-taking ceremony of newly inducted Ministers in Cabinet.
Rajen Gohain is BJP's Lok Sabha member from Assam's Nowgong constituency. He has been representing the Nowgong constituency since 1999. He is likely to be inducted in the Cabinet as Sarbananda Sonowal created the vacancy after becoming Chief Minister of Assam.
Mansukhbhai Mandavia is BJP's Rajya Sabha member from Gujarat. He has earned a reputation as an eco-friendly person who chose to cycle to parliament instead of using private cars.
PP Chaudhary is currently BJP's Lok Sabha member from Pali in Rajasthan. He is heading the Joint Parliamentary Committee on Offices of Profit. He had won the Pali constituency in 2014 Lok Sabha polls with nearly a 4 lakh margin.
Faggan Singh Kulaste is currently a Lok Sabha member from Madhya Pradesh's Mandala. Previously, he was a member of the Lok Sabha from 1996 to 2009 from Mandala. He had lost the elections in 2009 and was later elected to the Rajya Sabha. He had served as the Minister of State under Former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee.
Ramesh Jigajinagi is a member of the BJP and currently represents the party in the Lok Sabha from Karnataka's Bijapur. He is a member of the Lok Sabha since 1998. He was a member of the Janata Dal, Lok Shakti and Janata Dal (United) before joining the BJP.
Krishna Raj is BJP's Lok Sabha member from Uttar Pradesh's Shahjahanpur seat. She had defeated the Samajwadi Party candidate in the 2014 Lok Sabha polls by over 2 lakh votes. She had also been elected to the Uttar Pradesh Assembly in 1996 and 2007.
CR Choudhary is BJP's Lok Sabha member from Rajasthan's Nagaur constituency. He had defeated Congress candidate Jyoti Mirdha in 2014 general elections by over 75,000 votes. He is likely to be included in the cabinet expansion today.
Arjun Ram Meghwal is a member of Lok Sabha from Rajasthan's Bikaner constituency and also BJP's Chief Whip in the House. He had defeated his rival Congress candidate in 2014 Lok Sabha polls with over 3 lakh votes. He was the trail-blazer - the first MP to use a cycle to get to work when Delhi implemented the odd-even traffic scheme to combat pollution. He is likely to be included in the cabinet.
Mahendra Nath Pandey is BJP's Lok Sabha member from Chandauli constituency in Uttar Pradesh. He is also a member of the Standing Committee on Rural Development. Ahead of the cabinet expansion, Mr Panday said:
Three are from Uttar Pradesh, where elections will be held in early 2017 -- Anupriya Singh Patel, MN Pandey and Krishna Raj - and three from Gujarat, where elections are due later next year.
The ministers come from 10 states - Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan, Gujarat, Bengal, Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Delhi, Uttarakhand, Karnataka and Assam.
There are two minority leaders - MJ Akbar and SS Ahluwalia - and two women -- Anupriya Singh Patel and Krishna Raj.
The list also reveals a careful balance of caste, social and regional considerations. Two leaders - Jaswantsinh Bhabhor and Faggan Singh Kulaste - belong to Scheduled Tribes and five to Scheduled Castes -- Ajay Tamta, Ramdas Athalwale, Arjun Ram Meghwal, Ramesh Jigajinagi and Krishna Raj.
The list of new ministers has an advocate, PP Chaudhary, a surgeon, Subhash Ram Rao, an editor, MJ Akbar, a former bureaucrat Arjun Ram Meghwal and a writer and conservationist Anil Madhav Dave.
A government source said PM Modi laid down the framework for the selection of new ministers - those who can "deliver on his vision of development and priorities - 'gaon, garib, aur kisan' (village, the poor, and the farmer)."
A few ministers in PM Modi's council will have to resign to make way for the new entrants since constitutionally, the council can have only 82. It currently has 66 ministers including the Prime Minister and, sources said, six ministers could be dropped.
PM Modi also has to appoint a new sports minister with Sarbanada Sonowal moving to Assam as Chief Minister.
Finance minister Arun Jaitley may, however, give up the critical Information and Broadcasting ministry, as PM Modi wants to reduce his workload, sources indicated. Mr Jaitley heads three major ministries.
Sources said all those inducted today will be junior ministers or ministers of state and not of cabinet rank, though some may be given independent charge of their ministries.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi will reshuffle and expand his council of ministers today and 19 new ministers are expected to be sworn in at the majestic Durbar Hall of Rashtrapati Bhavan at 11 am. The new ministers will take oath in the majestic Durbar Hall of the Rashtrapati Bhavan. PM Modi, however, is keeping the contours of his cabinet close to his chest. Sources say the 19 will be Ministers of State and not of cabinet rank. Top sources also said there won't be any change in the top four ministers on Raisina Hill - Defence, Home, Finance and External Affairs.