Nirmala Sitharaman is new Finance Minister, Amit Shah gets Home portfolio

Full list of portfolios in the new Narendra Modi cabinet

Published: May 31, 2019 01:51:59 PM IST
Updated: May 31, 2019 03:40:49 PM IST

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(L-R) S Jaishankar, Amit Shah, Rajnath Singh and Nirmala Sitharaman
Image: Reuters, Shutterstock

Sworn in late evening on Thursday, the new Narendra Modi cabinet has 58 ministers including Modi, and while many of the faces were returning from their previous tenure, a couple of surprises ​were announced. The ministers' portfolios were announced on Friday afternoon.

For the first time, BJP President Amit Shah, a newly minted Member of Parliament, made cabinet rank. He has been given the Home ministry, previously held by party veteran Rajnath Singh, who has been moved to Defence.

Nirmala Sitharaman, who was  Defence Minister in the earlier regime, has now been named India's first full-time woman Finance Minster, and will also manage the Corporate Affairs ministry. Nitin Gadkari retains the Road Transport and Highways portfolio, and has fresh charge of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises.

A surprise pick was Dr Subrahmanyam Jaishankar, former foreign secretary and seasoned bureaucrat, who has been named Minister of External Affairs. He takes the portfolio over from Sushma Swaraj, who has been dropped in this year’s cabinet, a decision that’s been met with disappointment over the Internet. Swaraj has been known to be accessible on Twitter, and has addressed various problem cases reported to her on the social media platform.

Smriti Irani, who beat Congress President Rahul Gandhi in a shock victory in his long-held constituency of Amethi, continues as Minister of Textiles, but now also has the charge of the Women and Child Development portfolio.

Here’s the full list of the cabinet:

Narendra Modi - Prime Minister and also in-charge of Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions; Department of Atomic Energy; Department of Space; and all important policy issues; and all other portfolios not allocated to any minister

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Ministers of State (Independent Charge)

1. Santosh Kumar Gangwar - Minister of State (Independent Charge) of the Ministry of Labour and Employment
2. Rao Inderjit Singh - Minister of State (Independent Charge) of the Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation; and Minister of State (Independent Charge) of the Ministry of Planning
3. Shripad Yesso Naik - Minister of State (Independent Charge) of the Ministry of Ayurveda, Yoga and Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha and Homoeopathy (AYUSH); and Minister of State in the Ministry of Defence
4. Dr. Jitendra Singh - Minister of State (Independent Charge) of the Ministry of Development of North Eastern Region; Minister of State in the Prime Minister’s Office; Minister of State in the Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions; Minister of State in the Department of Atomic Energy; and Minister of State in the Department of Space
5. Kiren Rijiju - Minister of State (Independent Charge) of the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports; and Minister of State in the Ministry of Minority Affairs
6. Prahalad Singh Patel - Minister of State (Independent Charge) of the Ministry of Culture; and Minister of State (Independent Charge) of the Ministry of Tourism
7. Raj Kumar Singh - Minister of State (Independent Charge) of the Ministry of Power; Minister of State (Independent Charge) of the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy; and Minister of State in the Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship
8. Hardeep Singh Puri - Minister of State (Independent Charge) of the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs; Minister of State (Independent Charge) of the Ministry of Civil Aviation; and Minister of State in the Ministry of Commerce and Industry
9. Mansukh L Mandaviya - Minister of State (Independent Charge) of the Ministry of Shipping; and Minister of State in the Ministry of Chemicals and Fertilizers

Ministers of State

1. Faggansingh Kulaste - Minister of State in the Ministry of Steel
2. Ashwini Kumar Choubey - Minister of State in the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare
3. Arjun Ram Meghwal - Minister of State in the Ministry of Parliamentary Affairs; and Minister of State in the Ministry of Heavy Industries and Public Enterprises
4. General (Retd) VK Singh - Minister of State in the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways
5. Krishan Pal - Minister of State in the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment
6. Danve Raosaheb Dadarao - Minister of State in the Ministry of Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution
7. G Kishan Reddy - Minister of State in the Ministry of Home Affairs
8. Parshottam Rupala - Minister of State in the Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare
9. Ramdas Athawale - Minister of State in the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment
10. Sadhvi Niranjan Jyoti - Minister of State in the Ministry of Rural Development
11. Babul Supriyo - Minister of State in the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change
12. Sanjeev Kumar Balyan - Minister of State in the Ministry of Animal Husbandry, Dairying and Fisheries
13. Dhotre Sanjay Shamrao - Minister of State in the Ministry of Human Resource Development; Minister of State in the Ministry of Communications; and Minister of State in the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology
14. Anurag Singh Thakur - Minister of State in the Ministry of Finance; and Minister of State in the Ministry of Corporate Affairs
15. Angadi Suresh Channabasappa - Minister of State in the Ministry of Railways
16. Nityanand Rai - Minister of State in the Ministry of Home Affairs
17. Rattan Lal Kataria - Minister of State in the Ministry of Jal Shakti; and Minister of State in the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment
18. V Muraleedharan - Minister of State in the Ministry of External Affairs; and Minister of State in the Ministry of Parliamentary Affairs
19. Renuka Singh Saruta - Minister of State in the Ministry of Tribal Affairs
20. Som Parkash - Minister of State in the Ministry of Commerce and Industry
21. Rameswar Teli - Minister of State in the Ministry of Food Processing Industries
22. Pratap Chandra Sarangi - Minister of State in the Ministry of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises; and Minister of State in the Ministry of Animal Husbandry, Dairying and Fisheries
23. Kailash Choudhary - Minister of State in the Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare
24. Debasree Chaudhuri - Minister of State in the Ministry of Women and Child Development

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