PM Modi Cabinet Expansion 2021: PM Modi now has 77 ministers, nearly half of them new
A number of key portfolios - including Health, Law, Information and Technology and Railways - have gone to new ministers and junior ministers who got a promotion in Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Council of Ministers that underwent a reboot today.
The number of cabinet ministers has been boosted from 21 to 30 in the current reshuffle. The number of junior ministers has gone up too, from 23 to 45. There are fewer junior ministers with Independent Charge - the figure has dropped from nine to two.
Thirty-six new ministers joined the government and four high-profile ministers quit today in Prime Minister Narendra Modi's mega cabinet reboot to offset criticism as the country emerges from a fierce second wave of Covid ahead of key elections.
PM Modi now has 77 ministers, nearly half of them new. Anurag Thakur and Hardeep Puri are among 15 new cabinet ministers.
Sarbananda Sonowal, Jyotiraditya Scindia, Narayan Rane, Bhupender Yadav and Ashwini Vaishnaw were also sworn in as cabinet ministers.
But the exits of IT and Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad, Health Minister Harsh Vardhan and Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar stood out on a day resignations made bigger news than new ministers.
This is PM Modi's first major overhaul of the Union Cabinet since he took office for a second term in 2019.
Here are the Highlights on PM Modi's Cabinet Reshuffle:
Smriti Irani Keeps Women And Child Development, Textiles Goes To Piyush Goyal
Smriti Zubin Irani continues to head the Women and Child Development Ministry in the refreshed Union Cabinet of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The Textiles Ministry, which she also headed, has gone to former Railway Minister Piyush Goyal.
Ms Irani was Human Resource Development Minister from May 2014 to July 2016 and Minister for Information and Broadcasting from July 2017 to May 2018. She is India's first woman to hold office as Union Minister for Human Resource Development and as Union Minister of Textiles.
She took charge as Women and Child Development Minister in June 2019.
Cabinet Overhaul 2021: Home Minister Amit Shah Greets Newly Sworn-In Ministers
Home Minister Amit Shah greeted all Union ministers who were sworn in Wednesday and expressed hope they will do their best in taking the welfare policies of the Modi government to the people with full devotion and dedication to realise the resolve of a self-reliant India, reported news agency PTI.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi effected a reshuffle in his Council of Ministers - the first since he assumed charge for a second term in May 2019.
"Congratulations to all the colleagues who took oath as the minister. I am sure that the entire cabinet under the leadership of @narendramodi ji will make its best contribution in taking the welfare policies of the government to the people with full devotion and dedication and in realising the resolve of self-reliant India," Amit Shah tweeted in Hindi.
Cabinet Expansion 2021: Four Doctors, Ex-AIR Engineer, Former Bank Chairman In PM Modi's Team
Four doctors - Heena Gavit, Mahendra Munjapara, Bharati Pawar and Bhagwat Karad - former broadcast engineer Devusinh Chauhan and former Thane District Co-operative Bank chairman Kapil Patil are among those inducted into the Union Council of Ministers Wednesday.
Cabinet Expansion 2021: Number of Cabinet Ministers Increased To 30 From 21
In today's reboot, the number of Cabinet Ministers has been increased from 21 to 30, and Ministers of State from 23 to 45. However, the number of Ministers of State (Independent Charge) has been cut to two from nine earlier.
Dharmendra Pradhan Is New Education Minister, Piyush Goyal Gets Textile
Rajya Sabha MP Dharmendra Pradhan, who has been handling the petroleum ministry till now in Prime Minister Narendra Modi's second term, will now handle the education portfolio, following today's cabinet reshuffle. Piyush Goyal, who, too, is a member of the upper house, will henceforth handle the textile ministry.
Mr Pradhan will take over from Ramesh Pokhriyal 'Nishank', who resigned from his position yesterday. Mr Goyal, on the other hand, will replace Smriti Irani who will handle the Women and Child Ministry.
Anurag Thakur Gets Information And Broadcasting, Sports Ministry
Anurag Thakur, the BJP MP from Himachal Pradesh's Hamirpur who was sworn-in today as a cabinet minister, has been entrusted with two important portfolios - Information and Broadcasting, and Sports.
Jyotiraditya Scindia Gets Civil Aviation, Hardeep Singh Puri Urban Development And Petroleum Ministry
Jyotiraditya Scindia, who crossed over to the BJP in March 2020, leading to the collapse of the Kamal Nath government in Madhya Pradesh, has been appointed the Civil Aviation Minister, and Hardeep Puri, who used to head this ministry, will head the Urban Development and Petroleum Ministry.
Ashwani Vaishnaw Takes Over As Railways And IT Minister
BJP Rajya Sabha MP from Odisha Ashwini Vaishnaw will be the new Railways Minister and head the Information and Technology Ministry as well, the government announced on Wednesday.
"A former IAS Officer of the 1994 batch, he handled important responsibilities over 15 years and was particularly known for his contribution to the PPP framework in Infrastructure," the government said in a note.
"Post that, he has held leadership roles across major global companies such as General Electric and Siemens," it said.
"He has a MBA from Wharton School, Pennsylvania University and MTech from IIT Kanpur," it added.
JD(U) Chief RCP Singh's Meteoric Rise From Kurmi Bureaucrat To Cabinet Minister
Bureaucrat, politician and now a Union Minister, Ram Chandra Prasad Singh's meteoric rise began when he grabbed Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar's attention.
Hailing from the state's Nalanda district and belonging to the Kurmi caste, RCP, as he is popularly known, took the oath of office as Union Cabinet Minister today evening. He came in Nitish Kumar's close proximity in the late 1990s when the then Samata Party leader was the Union Railway Minister and the Uttar Pradesh cadre Indian Administrative Service (IAS) officer was on a central deputation.
Cabinet, Council of Ministers To Meet Tomorrow: Report
Meetings of Cabinet and Council of Ministers to be held tomorrow at 5 pm and 7 pm respectively, reported news agency ANI citing sources.
Meenakshi Lekhi: From BJP Face In Media To Union Minister
A popular face of the BJP and a good orator, Meenakshi Lekhi has for long articulated and advocated the party's policies and programmes while taking on her political opponents before she found a place in the Union Council of Ministers.
54-year-old Meenakshi Lekhi, who took oath as a Union Minister of State on her second term as the MP from the New Delhi constituency, has been at the forefront of struggles on a host of issues ranging from those pertaining to women and the environment to law and development, reported news agency PTI.
Pankaj Choudhary's Meteoric Rise From Civic Body Member To Union Council of Ministers
A six-time Lok Sabha MP, Pankaj Choudhary brings with him a wealth of experience in the Union council of ministers, reported news agency PTI.
Sworn in as a Union Minister today, Mr Choudhary (56) began his political career in 1989-91 as a member of the Gorakhpur Municipal Corporation and soon became it's deputy mayor.
He became a member of the BJP working committee in 1990. He was elected for the first time to the Lower House of Parliament from Uttar Pradesh's Maharajganj in 1991.
He was re-elected from the constituency in 1996 and 1998.
Two-Time MP From Uttar Pradesh Kaushal Kishore Sworn In As Union Minister
Having spent over three decades in public life, Kaushal Kishore today was sworn in as a Union minister in the Narendra Modi government.
A two-time MP, 61-year-old Kaushal Kishore represents the Mohanlalganj Lok Sabha constituency in Uttar Pradesh.
Mr Kishore, who belongs to the Schedule Castes (Pasi) community, is the national president of the Parakh Mahasangh and is the state chief of the BJP's SC wing.
He began his political career as an MLA from Malihabad in 2002. In 2002-03, he also rose to be a minister of state in the Samajwadi Party's Mulayam Singh government, reported news agency PTI.
PM Modi's Cabinet Reshuffle Live: Bengal BJP's Organisation Man Gets Berth In Union Cabinet
A seasoned war horse of the BJP in West Bengal, Subhas Sarkar - an MP from Bankura, has been the party's organisation man in the state for long, reported news agency PTI. Today, he found a berth in the Union Cabinet.
He was elected to the Lok Sabha from the Bankura constituency in 2019, after he defeated Trinamool Congress (TMC) heavyweight and state Panchayat Minister Subrata Mukherjee.
Mr Sarkar, who was the vice-president of Bengal's BJP unit from 2013, was a contender for the post of the party chief in Bengal in 2015, but was made the general secretary instead.
An organisational man, Subhas Sarkar was made the vice-president of the BJP's state unit again in 2017.
PM Modi's Cabinet Reshuffle 2021: First-Time BJP MP Ajay Kumar Mishra Makes It To Union Council Of Ministers
Sworn in as a Union minister today evening, 60-year-old Ajay Kumar Mishra is a first-time BJP MP, representing the Kheri Lok Sabha constituency in Uttar Pradesh, reported news agency PTI. He was elected as an MLA in 2012 from the Nighasan Assembly seat.
Mr Mishra started his political career as the BJP's district general secretary and rose gradually to become a Member of Parliament.
Right from his youth, he was associated with educating the children from the weaker sections of the society and helping them get medical facilities and employment.
Cabinet Reshuffle 2021: Jai Ram Thakur Congratulates Union Cabinet Minister Anurag Thakur
Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur congratulated Anurag Singh Thakur for his elevation as Union cabinet minister, an official spokesperson said today, reported news agency PTI.
Jai Ram Thakur expressed hope that the tenure of Anurag Singh Thakur as Union cabinet minister will be full of achievements and accomplishments.
He said Himachal Pradesh will benefit immensely in terms of development due to his elevation as cabinet minister.
Cabinet Reshuffle 2021: Newly Inducted Ministers Asked To Remain In Delhi Till August 15, Say Sources
The newly inducted ministers have been directed to remain in Delhi till August 15 and have been asked to do all ministerial work from the Parliament when the monsoon session is underway, sources told NDTV. The ministers have also been asked to schedule meetings with other members of the Parliament, they added.
The ministers have been directed to remain present at the time of their roster duty in the Parliament, the sources further said.
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Cabinet Reshuffle May Be Good For BJP, But ...: Kamal Haasan On PM's Major Reboot
"Unable to feel happy that Tamil Nadu has got a Union Minister. The country has suffered a setback in all fields. Cabinet reshuffle should have been done to recover from this fall.
But this is being done having in mind the leaders, those who came from other parties, upcoming state elections. May be beneficial for the BJP. What's for the country?" Kamal Haasan said.
Cabinet Reboot 2021: Tripura Chief Minister Biplab Deb Congratulates Pratima Bhowmik
Cabinet Reshuffle 2021: Conrad Sagma "Elated With Induction" Of Kiren Rijiju, Sarbanand Sonowal Into Cabinet
Cabinet Overhaul 2021: Ravi Shankar Prasad Changes His Twitter Bio
Ravi Shankar Prasad changes his Twitter bio to Member of Parliament from Patna Sahib Lok Sabha, Bihar. BJP worker after resigning ahead of the big cabinet reshuffle.
Cabinet Expansion 2021: Sobha Karandlaje Sworn In
Sobha Karandlaje, a close aide of BS Yediyurappa, sworn in as a minister
Cabinet Expansion 2021: Apna Dal's Anupriya Patel Sworn In
Apna Dal's Anupriya Patel takes oath as a minister
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PM Modi Cabinet Expansion Live: Anurag Thakur Sworn In
Anurag Thakur sworn in as a cabinet minister
Modi's Cabinet Reshuffle Live: G Kishan Reddy Elevated, Takes Oath
G Kishan Reddy taks oath as Cabinet Minister
Cabinet Expansion 2021: Mansukh Mandaviya Takes Oath
Mansukh Mandaviya takes oath as a Cabinet Minister
PM Modi Cabinet Expansion Live: Hardeep Singh Puri Takes Oath As Cabinet Minister
Hardeep Singh Puri takes oath as a Cabinet Minister
Cabinet Reshuffle 2021: Kiren Rijiju Takes Oath As Cabinet Minister
Kiren Rijiju elevated to a Cabinet Minister takes oath
Cabinet Expansion 2021: Pema Khandu Congratulates Sarbananda Sonowal
PM Modi Cabinet Expansion Live: JDU President Ramchandra Prasad Singh Takes Oath
Ramchandra Prasad Singh, a close aide of Nitish Kumar and President of the JD(U), sworn in as minister. He is the only minister to be inducted into the Cabinet from the Janata Dal United.
Cabinet Expansion 2021: Jyotiraditya Scindia Takes Oath
Jyotiraditya Scindia, who joined the BJP in March, 2020 leading to the collapse of the Kamal Nath government in Madhya Pradesh, takes oath as PM Modi's Cabinet Minister.
Cabinet Reshuffle Live Updates: Sarbananda Sonowal Takes Oath
Former Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal takes oath as minister
Cabinet Reshuffle Update: Prakash Javadekar At The Swearing-In Ceremony
Image courtesy: ANI
PM Modi Cabinet Expansion Live: Swearing-In Begins
Narayan Rane takes oath as a minister
PM Modi Cabinet Expansion Live: Visuals From Inside Rashpati Bhavan
Cabinet Reshuffle Update: Nearly 20% Ministers Sacked In Massive Overhaul
PM Modi has sacked around 20% of ministers from his Council of Ministers - roughly one out of every five ministers has been shuffled out. It includes seven Cabinet-rank ministers.
Cabinet Reshuffle Live Updates: Big Exits Ahead Of Reshuffle
Union Cabinet Expansion 2021: P Chidambaram Tweets About Education Minister's Resignation
Cabinet Expansion 2021: Ravi Shankar Prasad, Prakash Javadekar Resign Ahead Of Big Overhaul
Ravi Shankar Prasad and Prakash Javadekar quit as Union Ministers today, in big upsets ahead of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's cabinet reshuffle.
Ravi Shankar Prasad was Minister for Law and Electronics and IT and had lately been locked in a bitter feud with social media companies, mainly Twitter, over new IT rules.
Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar's resignation is also a big surprise because he was the government's spokesperson.
Cabinet Expansion 2021: President Accepts Resignations Of 11 Council Of Ministers
The President of India, as advised by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, has accepted the resignation of the following members of the Council of Ministers, with immediate effect:
1. Shri D.V. Sadananda Gowda
2. Shri Ravi Shankar Prasad
3. Shri Thaawarchand Gehlot
4. Shri Ramesh Pokhriyal 'Nishank'
5. Dr. Harsh Vardhan
6. Shri Prakash Javadekar
7. Shri Santosh Kumar Gangwar
8. Shri Babul Supriyo
9. Shri Dhotre Sanjay Shamrao
10. Shri Rattan Lal Kataria
11. Shri Pratap Chandra Sarangi
Cabinet Expansion 2021
Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Cabinet grows in strength from 54 ministers, including PM Modi, to 78 ministers.
"Asked To Resign... Sad For Myself," Posts Babul Supriyo, Then Clarifies
BJP MP Babul Supriyo today announced he has resigned as junior minister in the Environment Ministry. In a post on Facebook, the former Minister of State said he is "extremely happy" that he left the stint "without a spot of corruption on me". Mr Supriyo congratulated some leaders from Bengal who are going to be part of the refreshed Union cabinet, and added - "I am surely sad for myself."
Cabinet Expansion 2021: Northeast Representation In Revamped Cabinet
Rameshwar Teli has been retained as Minister of State for Food processing. Kiren Rijiju has been promoted. Sarbananda Sonowal returns to Delhi and two new faces have been inducted - Dr RK Ranjan Singh and Pratima Bhowmik.
Cabinet Expansion 2021: Leaders Who Will Take Oath Today
1. Shri Narayan Tatu Rane
2. Shri Sarbananda Sonowal
3. Dr. Virendra Kumar
4. Shri Jyotiraditya M Scindia
5. Shri Ramchandra Prasad Singh
6. Shri Ashwini Vaishnaw
7. Shri Pashu Pati Kumar Paras
8. Shri Kiren Rijiju
9. Shri Raj Kumar Singh
10. Shri Hardeep Singh Puri
11. Shri Mansukh Mandaviya
12. Shri Bhupender Yadav
13. Shri Parshottam Rupala
14. Shri G. Kishan Reddy
15. Shri Anurag Singh Thakur
16. Shri Pankaj Choudhary
17. Smt. Anupriya Singh Patel
18. Dr. Satya Pal Singh Baghel
19. Shri Rajeev Chandrasekhar
20. Sushri Shobha Karandlaje
21. Shri Bhanu Pratap Singh Verma
22. Smt. Darshana Vikram Jardosh
23. Smt. Meenakashi Lekhi
24. Smt. Annpurna Devi
25. Shri A. Narayanaswamy
26. Shri Kaushal Kishore
27. Shri Ajay Bhatt
28. Shri B. L. Verma
29.Shri Ajay Kumar
30. Shri Chauhan Devusinh
31. Shri Bhagwanth Khuba
32.Shri Kapil Moreshwar Patil
33. Sushri Pratima Bhoumik
34. Dr. Subhas Sarkar
35. Dr. Bhagwat Kishanrao Karad
36. Dr. Rajkumar Ranjan Singh
37. Dr. Bharati Pravin Pawar
38. Shri Bishweswar Tudu
39. Shri Shantanu Thakur
40.Dr. Munjapara Mahendrabhai
41. Shri John Barla
42. Dr. L. Murugan
43. Shri Nisith Pramanik
Cabinet Expansion 2021
36 new ministers will take oath today as PM Modi revamps his cabinet. Seven Ministers of State and Ministers of State (Independent Charge) are to be promoted. At least 11 have resigned from their posts so far and one has been appointed Governor of a state.
Cabinet Expansion 2021: Ministers from UP who will joing PM Modi's revamped cabinet
Bhanu Pratap Sharma
Cabinet Expansion 2021: Photos from cabinet reshuffle meet with PM Cabinet Expansion 2021: Ministers who have quit
- Harsh Vardhan
- Babul Supriyo
- Ashwini Kumar Choubey
- Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank
- Santosh Gangwar
- Sanjay Dhotre
- Debasree Chaudhuri
- Ratan Lal Kataria
- Sadananda Gowda
- Thawarchand Gehlot
- Rao Saheb Danve Patil
Cabinet Expansion 2021: 11 ministers have quit so far
Pratap Sarangi, Rao Saheb Danve Patil and Sadananda Gowda have also quit as ministers.
Cabinet Expansion 2021: Babul Supriyo quits
Minister Babul Supriyo quits ahead of Cabinet reshuffle at 6pm. He announced this in a Facebook post.
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Lok Sabha MP Pratima Bhowmik likely in new cabinet.
Cabinet Expansion 2021 - "Hopeful": BJP MP Nisith Pramanik on reshuffle
Cabinet Reshuffle: Dr Harshvardhan Quits As Union Health Minister
BREAKING | Dr Harshvardhan Quits As Union Health Minister, Was Widely Criticised For Handling Of Covid Crisis.
Bengal MP Shantanu Thakur likely to be in new Cabinet.
PM Modi Cabinet Expansion Live: Sanjay Dhotre, Ratan Lal Kataria resign
Minister of State for Education Sanjay Dhotre resigns from Union Cabinet. Ratan Lal Kataria has also resigned.
Cabinet Expansion 2021: Several ministers leave PM's residence
Cabinet Reshuffle Live: Highlights of New Council of Ministers
- 12 SC Ministers, 2 in Cabinet
- 8 ST Ministers, 3 in Cabinet
- 27 OBC Ministers, 5 in Cabinet
- 5 Minority Ministers, 3 in Cabinet
- 11 Women Ministers, 2 in Cabinet
- 14 Ministers below 50, 6 in Cabinet
- Average Age of Council: 58 years
- Experience in new Council: 4 former chief ministers, 18 former ministers in state governments, 39 former MLAs
- Professionals in Council: 13 Lawyers, 6 Doctors, 5 Engineers, 7 Civil servants
- Qualifications: 7 Ministers have PhDs, 3 are MBAs, 68 Graduates
- Ministers from 25 States/UTs
Cabinet Expansion 2021: List of who's in, who's out and who's promotedWho's In
Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank
Rao Saheb Dhanve Patil
G Kishan Reddy
Hardeep Singh Puri
PM's Big Cabinet Reshuffle: Who are likely to be promoted
Ministers of State Anurag Thakur, Purshottam Rupala and GK Reddy, who also met with PM Modi, are likely to be promoted.
Cabinet Expansion 2021: Who are likely to join cabinet
Jyotiraditya Scindia, Sarbananda Sonowal, Narayan Rane, Bhupendra Yadav and Meenakshi Lekhi are set to join the government. They were among 17 people who visited PM Modi's residence ahead of the revamp.
Debashree Chaudhuri has also resigned as minister.
Cabinet Expansion 2021: What do sources say
• Sources: Kiren Rijiju likely to be promoted
• Sources: Hardeep Singh Puri likely to be promoted
• 25 OBC ministers, 5 with cabinet rank
• 5 minority ministers, 3 with cabinet rank
• 14 ministers below 50, 6 with cabinet rank
JUST IN | Leaders Shobha Karandlaje, Bhanu Pratap Verma, Darshana Jardosh, Kiren Rjiju, Nishith Pramanik and Shantanu Thakur have met the Prime Minister.
PM Modi Cabinet Expansion Live: Reboot has eye on polls in 5 states
The reboot will also focus on regions within states, with an eye on polls in five states next year and the 2024 national election. The shake-up is also expected to bring in a greater share of ministries for OBCs (Other Backward Class).
Cabinet Expansion 2021: Education Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal 'Nishank' resigns
BREAKING | Education Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal 'Nishank' resigns citing health reasons. Santosh Gangwar, the labour minister, also resigned sometime ago.
PM Modi Cabinet Expansion Live: 43 Ministers To Take Oath
43 ministers, new and old, will take oath today.
Cabinet Expansion 2021: Labour Minister Santosh Gangwar Resigns: Sources
BREAKING | Minister Santosh Gangwar has resigned as Labour Minister: Sources
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The Union Cabinet, which can have 81 members, currently has 52 ministers. This means 29 ministers can be added.