Modi Retains Key Ministers in Cabinet Reshuffle

Modi Retains Key Ministers in Cabinet Reshuffle

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has largely maintained his previous team, retaining the same Big Four members in the Cabinet Committee on Security (CCS) with no changes to their portfolios. Amit Shah continues as Home Minister, Rajnath Singh remains Defence Minister, Nirmala Sitharaman stays as Finance Minister, and S Jaishankar retains External Affairs.

Modi's core team of senior ministers also keeps their previous portfolios: Nitin Gadkari (Road Transport and Highways), Piyush Goyal (Commerce and Industry), Dharmendra Pradhan (Education), Sarbananda Sonowal (Ports, Shipping and Waterways), Virendra Kumar (Social Justice and Empowerment), Ashwini Vaishnaw (Railways, Electronics and IT), Hardeep Puri (Petroleum and Natural Gas), and Bhupender Yadav (Environment, Forest and Climate Change).

Vaishnaw additionally assumes charge of the Information and Broadcasting Ministry, previously headed by Anurag Thakur.

The team of Ministers of State (MoS) with independent charge has seen minimal changes. Rao Inderjit Singh (Statistics and Programme Implementation, Planning), Jitendra Singh (Science and Technology, Earth Sciences, PMO), and Arjun Ram Meghwal (Law and Justice, Parliamentary Affairs) retain their portfolios with minor adjustments.

New notable appointments include JP Nadda, who will head the Health and Family Welfare Ministry and the Chemicals and Fertilizers Ministry.

Former Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan takes charge of Agriculture, Farmers' Welfare, and Rural Development. Manohar Lal, ex-Chief Minister of Haryana, oversees Housing and Urban Affairs and Power.

Annpurna Devi replaces Smriti Irani as Minister of Women and Child Development. Kiren Rijiju returns as Minister of Parliamentary Affairs and Minority Affairs, while Gujarat BJP chief CR Patil leads the Jal Shakti Ministry.

NDA allies have been accommodated with key portfolios: HD Kumaraswamy (Heavy Industries and Steel), Jitan Ram Manjhi (Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises), Rajiv Ranjan Singh (Panchayati Raj and Fisheries, Animal Husbandry, and Dairying), Chirag Paswan (Food Processing Industries), and K Ram Mohan Naidu (Civil Aviation). Pralhad Joshi now manages Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution, along with New and Renewable Energy. Jyotiraditya Scindia moves to Communications and Development of the Northeastern Region.

Other reshuffled portfolios include Gajendra Shekhawat (Culture and Tourism), Mansukh Mandaviya (Labour and Employment, Youth Affairs, and Sports), and G Kishan Reddy (Coal and Mines). Jual Oram returns as head of the Tribal Affairs Ministry.

Allies in junior roles include Jayant Chaudhary (Skill Development and Entrepreneurship, Education) and Jadhav Prataprao (Ayush, Health and Family Welfare). The council also includes Sikh leader Ravneet Singh Bittu (Food Processing, Railways) and George Kurian (Minority Affairs, Fisheries, Animal Husbandry, and Dairying).

Jitin Prasada and Suresh Gopi join as junior ministers in Commerce and Industry, Electronics and IT, Petroleum and Natural Gas, and Tourism respectively. Sukanta Majumdar and Bandi Sanjay Kumar take on junior roles in Education, Development of the Northeastern Region, and Home Affairs.

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