Change in Portfolios: Smriti Irani out of HRD, Prakash Javadekar new HRD minister
In major reshuffle of cabinet portfolios, Smriti Irani was removed as the HRD minister following a cabinet reshuffle , with Prakash Javadekar being given the charge. Irani has been given the textiles ministry. A relatively light weight ministry compared to the high profile HRD.
The other changes include that of Arun Jaitley, who retains the high profile Finance and Corporate Affairs but sheds Information and Broadcasting ministry
Venkaiah Naidu was given the information and broadcast ministry, while Ravi Shankar Prasad was assigned the law ministry. Anant Kumar will be the new Parliamentary affairs minister
Sadananda Gowda was given the statistics and programme implementation ministry.He earlier held the Law ministry. Jayant Sinha MOS finance will be new MOS civil aviation.
Vijay Goel is the new minister for youth affairs and sports minister a post held by Sarbananda Sonowal , who had to leave cabinet after becoming chief Minister of Assam.
M J Akbar is the new MOS External Affairs. SS Ahluwalia has been allotted Agriculture and Farmers Welfare and the Parliamentary Affairs Department.
Arjun Meghwal is the new MoS Finance. Subhas Bhambre has been appointed the Minister of State for Defence.
Ramesh Chandappa Jigajinagi has been allocated the Drinking Water and Sanitation Department, while Hansraj Gangaram has been appointed MoS Home Affairs.Ramdas Athawale of the RPI (A) has become the new social justice and empowerment minister, Faggan Singh Kulaste, who was inducted as a new minister on Tuesday, has become the Minister for Health and Family Welfare.
Newly inducted Anil Dave has been named Environment Minister with Independent Charge. Narendra Singh Tomar is now in charge of Rural Development.
Earlier Prime Minister Narendra Modi rejigged his council of ministers, inducting 19 new ministers in an exercise aimed both at pleasing voters in states headed for elections next year as well as speeding up efforts to boost economic growth.
five junior ministers holding the portfolios of agriculture, water resources, river development, tribal affairs and human resource development resigned to make room for the new ministers.