But his party colleague Mukul Roy was relieved as minister of state for railways, a day after after he ignored Manmohan Singh's directive to visit the site of a train derailment in Assam.
He remains the junior minister in the shipping ministry.
With both Maran and A. Raja, who is in prison, out of the ministry, the DMK -- the second biggest ally in UPA -- has only four faces in the government. Manmohan Singh said two ministerial slots were vacant for the DMK, a clear sign that the Congress-DMK alliance would stay put.
E. Ahamed of the Indian Union Muslim League (IUML), which is pivotal to the survival of the Congress government in Kerala, is back as minister of state for external affairs and got the human resource development (HRD).
Image: President Pratibha Patil administers the oath to the new Minister of State for Communications and IT, Milind Deora during a ceremony at the Rashtrapati Bhavan in New Delhi on Tuesday.