One of the seven dropped ministers, Arun Yadav, got a place in the Congress party machinery.
Deo, from Andhra Pradesh, has been put in charge of tribal affairs and Panchayati Raj. Beni Prasad Verma of Uttar Pradesh is the cabinet minister in charge of steel ministry.
N. Bhaskar Rao, analyst at the Centre for Media Studies, echoed popular sentiment that there was nothing to cheer about.
'Some new talent has come in,' Rao said. 'But there is nothing else to say except that the environment ministry, which was being headed by a person who had been causing heartburn to many industries and their investors, has been shifted. Other than that there is no major change.'
The Bharatiya Janata Party called the reshuffle 'damp squib'.
Image: President Pratibha Patil administers the oath to the new Minister of State for Environment and Forests, Jayanthi Natarajan during the swearing-in ceremony at the Rashtrapati Bhavan in New Delhi on Tuesday.