Modi's third Cabinet reshuffle: All you need to know

Last Updated: Sun, Sep 03, 2017 23:13 hrs
Modi's third Cabinet reshuffle: All you need to know

New Delhi: Third reshuffle of the Union Cabinet, being termed the last one before the General Elections of 2019, by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday promoted sincere and hardworking ministers, inducted new faces with potential and talent to work and silently dumped all those who proved to be the non performing and could not come up to the level of the Prime Minister's expectation.

The cabinet reshuffle has been guided by the "4P" principle: "passion, proficiency, professional and political acumen", aimed at delivering on Modi's vision of "New India" by 2022, the 75th anniversary of India's independence-an idea he had first flagged in March in an address to party workers at the BJP's headquarters in Delhi.

Here is the overall round up of what happened in Sunday's reshuffle.

Three Top Changes

The 'Three Top Changes' made by Prime Minister Modi during this reshuffle of Union Council of Ministers were:

One: Elevating Nirmala Sitharaman to Cabinet rank and giving her the key Portfolio of Defence Ministry.

Two: Suresh Prabhu shifted from Railways to Commerce and Industry Ministry.

Three: Piyush Goyal was given the Cabinet rank with Railways as his portfolio.

Nine New Ministers

In continuance of his track record of identifying his fellow team members on the merit of their past Performance and future Potential, the new ministers have been selected by the Prime Minister with a clear mandate to deliver on his vision of a New India. A vision which is built on the foundations of Development and Good Governance, and with a focus on the Garib, Shoshit, Peedit and Vanchit segments of our society.

These nine new ministers are:

Shiv Pratap Shukla

Shukla is a Rajya Sabha MP from Uttar Pradesh. He is a Member of the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Rural Development. A Law Graduate with an LLB from Gorakhpur University, Shiv Pratap Shukla started off early in politics as a student leader in the 1970s.

Ashwini Kumar Choubey

Choubey is a Lok Sabha MP from Buxar, Bihar. He is member of the Parliamentary Committee on Estimates and Standing Committee on Energy. He is also a Member of Central Silk Board.

Having faced the disastrous Kedarnath floods with his family in 2013, Ashwini Kumar Choubey has authored a book Kedarnath Trasadi on the tragedy. A BSc (Hons) in Zoology, he has a special interest in Yoga.

Virendra Kumar

Kumar is a Lok Sabha MP from Tikamgah, Madhya Pradesh. He has had a distinguished career in Public Service as a six-term Lok Sabha MP. Highly qualified academically, Virendra Kumar is armed with an MA in Economics and a PhD in Child Labour.

Anantkumar Hegde

Hegde is a Lok Sabha MP from Uttara Kannada, Karnataka. He is a Member of the Parliamentary Standing Committee on External Affairs and Human Resource Development.

With a deep focus on rural India, Hegde is the Founder President of Kadamba, an NGO working in the field of rural development, rural health, SHGs, rural marketing and other rural welfare programmes.

Raj Kumar Singh

Singh is a Lok Sabha MP from Arrah, Bihar. He is a Member of the Parliamentary Standing Committees on Health and Family Welfare, Personnel, Pensions and Public Grievances and Law & Justice. Raj Kumar Singh is a former IAS officer of the 1975 batch, Bihar cadre. He rose up the ranks to become the Home Secretary of India.

Hardeep Puri

Puri is a decorated former IFS officer of the 1974 batch, known for his experience and expertise in foreign policy and national security. He is the President and Chairman of Research and Information System for Developing Countries (RIS) think tank, and was the Vice President of International Peace Institute, New York.

As Head of the Indian Delegation to the UN Security Council, Puri had served as Chairman of the Counter-Terrorism Committee of the UN as well as President of the United Nations Security Council.

Gajendra Singh Shekhawat

Shekhawat is a Lok Sabha MP from Jodhpur, Rajasthan. He is a Member of the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Finance and Chairperson of the Fellowship Committee.

As a technology-savvy, progressive farmer; Shekhawat is a role model for the rural community. He has an MPhil and MA in Philosophy from Jai Narain Vyas University, Jodhpur.

Satya Pal Singh

Singh is a Lok Sabha MP from Baghpat, Uttar Pradesh. He is a Member of the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Home Affairs and Chairperson of the Joint Committee on Offices of Profit. He is a distinguished former IPS officer of the 1980 batch, Maharashtra cadre, and has been recognized with medals like the Antrik Suraksha Sewa Padak a Special Service Medal. Born in Basauli village in Baghpat, Satya Pal Singh has a MSc and MPhil in Chemistry, MBA in Strategic Management from Australia, MA in Public.

Alphons Kannanthanam

Kannanthanam is a distinguished former IAS officer of the 1979 batch, Kerala cadre. He is also a practicing advocate. He became famous as Delhi's Demolition Man when he was Commissioner of the Delhi Development Authority, having cleared DDA areas of encroachment removing around 15,000 illegal buildings. This got him listed in Time Magazine's list of 100 Young Global Leaders in 1994. Kannanthanam retired from the IAS, to get elected as an Independent Member of Legislative Assembly for Kanjirappally in Kerala from 2006 to 2011.

The Six Dropped Ministers

Prime Minister Narendra Modi also dropped six ministers from his council of ministers in Sunday's reshuffle.

Those dropped are Kalraj Mishra, Bandaru Dattatreya, Faggan Singh Kulaste, Rajiv Pratap Rudy, Sanjiv Balyan and Mahendra Nath Pandey.

Kalraj Mishra: He was Cabinet minister for Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises.

Bandaru Dattatreya: He was Minister of State (Independent Charge) of Labour and Employment.

Faggan Singh Kulaste: He was Minister of State for Health and Family Welfare.

Rajiv Pratap Rudy: He was Minister of State (Independent Charge) of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship.

Sanjiv Balyan: He was Minister of State for Water Resources, River Development & Ganga Rejuvenation.

Mahendra Nath Pandey: He was a junior minister for Human Resource Development.

Apart from Pandey, who has been appointed Bharatiya Janata Party's Uttar Pradesh unit's president, it is believed that others were dropped due to non-satisfactory performance. However, Mishra, claimed he himself offered to resign as he crossed age of 75 years.

New Cabinet of the PM

After Sunday's reshuffle, here is the list of the new Cabinet of Prime Minister Narendra Modi:

Cabinet Ministers

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.

Raj Nath Singh: Minister of Home Affairs.

Sushma Swaraj: Minister of External Affairs.

Arun Jaitley: Minister of Finance; and Minister of Corporate Affairs.

Nitin Jairam Gadkari: Minister of Road Transport and Highways; Minister of Shipping; and Minister of Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation.

Suresh Prabhu: Minister of Commerce and Industry.

D.V. Sadananda Gowda: Minister of Statistics and Programme Implementation.

Uma Bharati: Minister of Drinking Water and Sanitation.

Ramvilas Paswan: Minister of Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution.

Maneka Sanjay Gandhi: Minister of Women and Child Development.

Ananthkumar: Minister of Chemicals and Fertilizers; and Minister of Parliamentary Affairs.

Ravi Shankar Prasad: Minister of Law and Justice; and Minister of Electronics and Information Technology.

Jagat Prakash Nadda: Minister of Health and Family Welfare.

Ashok Gajapathi Raju Pusapati: Minister of Civil Aviation.

Anant Geete: Minister of Heavy Industries and Public Enterprises.

Harsimrat Kaur Badal: Minister of Food Processing Industries.

Narendra Singh Tomar: Minister of Rural Development; Minister of Panchayati Raj; and Minister of Mines.

Chaudhary Birender Singh: Minister of Steel.

Jual Oram: Minister of Tribal Affairs.

Radha Mohan Singh: Minister of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare.

Thaawar Chand Gehlot: Minister of Social Justice and Empowerment.

Smriti Zubin Irani: Minister of Textiles; and Minister of Information and Broadcasting.

Dr. Harsh Vardhan: Minister of Science and Technology; Minister of Earth Sciences; and Minister of Environment, Forest and Climate Change.

Prakash Javadekar: Minister of Human Resource Development.

Dharmendra Pradhan: Minister of Petroleum and Natural Gas; and Minister of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship.

Piyush Goyal: Minister of Railways; and Minister of Coal.

Nirmala Sitharaman: Minister of Defence.

Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi: Minister of Minority Affairs.

Ministers of State (Independent Charge)

Rao Inderjit Singh: Minister of State (Independent Charge) of the Ministry of Planning; and Minister of State in the Ministry of Chemicals and Fertilizers.

Santosh Kumar Gangwar: Minister of State (Independent Charge) of the Ministry of Labour and Employment.

Shripad Yesso Naik: Minister of State (Independent Charge) of the Ministry of Ayurveda, Yoga and Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha and Homoeopathy (AYUSH).

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.

Dr. Mahesh Sharma: Minister of State (Independent Charge) of the Ministry of Culture; and Minister of State in the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change.

Giriraj Singh: Ministry of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises.

Manoj Sinha: Minister of State (Independent Charge) of the Ministry of Communications; and Minister of State in the Ministry of Railways.

Col. Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore: Minister of State (Independent Charge) of the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports; and Minister of State in the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting.

Raj Kumar Singh: Minister of State (Independent Charge) of the Ministry of Power; and Minister of State (Independent Charge) of the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy.

Hardeep Singh Puri: Minister of State (Independent Charge) of the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs.

Alphons Kannanthanam: Minister of State (Independent Charge) of the Ministry of Tourism; and Minister of State in the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology.

Ministers of State

Vijay Goel: Minister of State in the Ministry of Parliamentary Affairs; and Minister of State in the Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation.

Radhakrishnan P: Minister of State in the Ministry of Finance; and Minister of State in the Ministry of Shipping.

S.S. Ahluwalia: Minister of State in the Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation.

Ramesh Chandappa Jigajinagi: Minister of State in the Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation.

Ramdas Athawale: Minister of State in the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment.

Vishnu Deo Sai: Minister of State in the Ministry of Steel.

Ram Kripal Yadav: Minister of State in the Ministry of Rural Development.

Hansraj Gangaram Ahir: Minister of State in the Ministry of Home Affairs.

Haribhai Parthibhai Chaudhary: Minister of State in the Ministry of Mines; and Minister of State in the Ministry of Coal.

Rajen Gohain: Minister of State in the Ministry of Railways.

General (Retd.) V. K. Singh: Minister of State in the Ministry of External Affairs.

Parshottam Rupala: Minister of State in the Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare; and Minister of State in the Ministry of Panchayati Raj.

Krishan Pal: Minister of State in the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment.

Jaswantsinh Sumanbhai Bhabhor: Minister of State in the Ministry of Tribal Affairs.

Shiv Pratap Shukla- Minister of State in the Ministry of Finance.

Ashwini Kumar Choubey: Minister of State in the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare.

Sudarshan Bhagat: Minister of State in the Ministry of Tribal Affairs.

Upendra Kushwaha: Minister of State in the Ministry of Human Resource Development.

Kiren Rijiju: Minister of State in the Ministry of Home Affairs.

Dr. Virendra Kumar: Minister of State in the Ministry of Women and Child Development; and Minister of State in the Ministry of Minority Affairs.

Anantkumar Hegde: Minister of State in the Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship.

M. J. Akbar: Minister of State in the Ministry of External Affairs.

Sadhvi Niranjan Jyoti: Minister of State in the Ministry of Food Processing Industries.

Y. S. Chowdary: Minister of State in the Ministry of Science and Technology; and Minister of State in the Ministry of Earth Sciences.

Jayant Sinha: Minister of State in the Ministry of Civil Aviation.

Babul Supriyo: Minister of State in the Ministry of Heavy Industries and Public Enterprises.

Vijay Sampla: Minister of State in the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment.

Arjun Ram Meghwal: Minister of State in the Ministry of Parliamentary Affairs; and Minister of State in the Ministry of Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation.

Ajay Tamta: Minister of State in the Ministry of Textiles.

Krishna Raj: Minister of State in the Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare.

Mansukh L. Mandaviya: Minister of State in the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways; Minister of State in the Ministry of Shipping; and Minister of State in the Ministry of Chemicals and Fertilizers.

Anupriya Patel: Minister of State in the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare.

C.R. Chaudhary: Minister of State in the Ministry of Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution; and Minister of State in the Ministry of Commerce and Industry.

P.P. Chaudhary: Minister of State in the Ministry of Law and Justice; and Minister of State in the Ministry of Corporate Affairs.

Dr. Subhash Ramrao Bhamre: Minister of State in the Ministry of Defence.

Gajendra Singh Shekhawat: Minister of State in the Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare.

Dr. Satya Pal Singh: Minister of State in the Ministry of Human Resource Development; and Minister of State in the Ministry of Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation.



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