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As in 2019, May

Prime Minister

Narendra Modi

The complete list

PM India

Cabinet Ministers

1

Shri Raj Nath Singh

Minister of Defence

2

Shri Amit Shah

Minister of Home Affairs

3

Shri Nitin Jairam Gadkari

Minister of Road Transport and Highways and
Minister of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises.

4

Shri D. V. Sadananda Gowda

Minister of Chemicals and Fertilizers.

5

Smt. Nirmala Sitharaman

Minister of Finance and
Minister of Corporate Affairs.

6

Shri Ramvilas Paswan

Minister of Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution.

7

Shri Narendra Singh Tomar

Minister of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare;
Minister of Rural Development and
Minister of Panchayati Raj.

8

Shri Ravi Shankar Prasad

Minister of Law and Justice;
Minister of Communications and
Minister of Electronics and Information Technology.

9

Smt. Harsimrat Kaur Badal

Minister of Food Processing Industries.

10

Shri Thaawar Chand Gehlot

Minister of Social Justice and Empowerment.

11

Dr. Subrahmanyam Jaishankar

Minister of External Affairs.

12

Shri Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’

Minister of Human Resource Development.

13

Shri Arjun Munda

Minister of Tribal Affairs.

14

Smt. Smriti Zubin Irani

Minister of Women and Child Development and
Minister of Textiles.

15

Dr. Harsh Vardhan

Minister of Health and Family Welfare;
Minister of Science and Technology and
Minister of Earth Sciences.

16

Shri Prakash Javadekar

Minister of Environment, Forest and Climate Change and
Minister of Information and Broadcasting.

17

Shri Piyush Goyal

Minister of Railways and
Minister of Commerce and Industry.

18

Shri Dharmendra Pradhan

Minister of Petroleum and Natural Gas and
Minister of Steel.

19

Shri Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi

Minister of Minority Affairs.

20

Shri Pralhad Joshi

Minister of Parliamentary Affairs;
Minister of Coal and
Minister of Mines.

21

Dr. Mahendra Nath Pandey

Minister of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship.

22

Shri Arvind Ganpat Sawant

Minister of Heavy Industries and Public Enterprise.

23

Shri Giriraj Singh

Minister of Animal Husbandry, Dairying and Fisheries.

24

Shri Gajendra Singh Shekhawat

Minister of Jal Shakti.

Ministers of State (Independent Charge)

1

Shri Santosh Kumar Gangwar

Minister of State (Independent Charge) of the Ministry of Labour and Employment.

2

Rao Inderjit Singh

Minister of State (Independent Charge) of the Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation and
Minister of State (Independent Charge) of the Ministry of Planning.

3

Shri Shripad Yesso Naik

Minister of State (Independent Charge) of the Ministry of Ayurveda, Yoga and Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha and Homoeopathy (AYUSH) and
Minister of State in the Ministry of Defence.

4

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.

5

Shri Kiren Rijiju

Minister of State (Independent Charge) of the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports and
Minister of State in the Ministry of Minority Affairs.

6

Shri Prahalad Singh Patel

Minister of State (Independent Charge) of the Ministry of Culture and
Minister of State (Independent Charge) of the Ministry of Tourism.

7

Shri Raj Kumar Singh

Minister of State (Independent Charge) of the Ministry of Power;
Minister of State (Independent Charge) of the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy and
Minister of State in the Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship.

8

Shri Hardeep Singh Puri

Minister of State (Independent Charge) of the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs;
Minister of State (Independent Charge) of the Ministry of Civil Aviation and
Minister of State in the Ministry of Commerce and Industry.

9

Shri Mansukh L. Mandaviya

Minister of State (Independent Charge) of the Ministry of Shipping and
Minister of State in the Ministry of Chemicals and Fertilizers.

Ministers of State

1

Shri Faggansingh Kulaste

Minister of State in the Ministry of Steel.

2

Shri Ashwini Kumar Choubey

Minister of State in the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare.

3

Shri Arjun Ram Meghwal

Minister of State in the Ministry of Parliamentary Affairs and
Minister of State in the Ministry of Heavy Industries and Public Enterprises.

4

General (Retd.) V. K. Singh

Minister of State in the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways.

5

Shri Krishan Pal

Minister of State in the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment.

6

Shri Danve Raosaheb Dadarao

Minister of State in the Ministry of Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution.

7

Shri G. Kishan Reddy

Minister of State in the Ministry of Home Affairs.

8

Shri Parshottam Rupala

Minister of State in the Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare.

9

Shri Ramdas Athawale

Minister of State in the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment.

10

Sadhvi Niranjan Jyoti

Minister of State in the Ministry of Rural Development.

11

Shri Babul Supriyo

Minister of State in the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change.

12

Shri Sanjeev Kumar Balyan

Minister of State in the Ministry of Animal Husbandry, Dairying and Fisheries.

13

Shri Dhotre Sanjay Shamrao

Minister of State in the Ministry of Human Resource Development;
Minister of State in the Ministry of Communications and
Minister of State in the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology.

14

Shri Anurag Singh Thakur

Minister of State in the Ministry of Finance and
Minister of State in the Ministry of Corporate Affairs.

15

Shri Angadi Suresh Channabasappa

Minister of State in the Ministry of Railways.

16

Shri Nityanand Rai

Minister of State in the Ministry of Home Affairs.

17

Shri Rattan Lal Kataria

Minister of State in the Ministry of Jal Shakti and
Minister of State in the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment.

18

Shri V. Muraleedharan

Minister of State in the Ministry of External Affairs and
Minister of State in the Ministry of Parliamentary Affairs.

19

Smt. Renuka Singh Saruta

Minister of State in the Ministry of Tribal Affairs.

20

Shri Som Parkash

Minister of State in the Ministry of Commerce and Industry.

21

Shri Rameswar Teli

Minister of State in the Ministry of Food Processing Industries.

22

Shri Pratap Chandra Sarangi

Minister of State in the Ministry of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises and
Minister of State in the Ministry of Animal Husbandry, Dairying and Fisheries.

23

Shri Kailash Choudhary

Minister of State in the Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare.

24

Smt. Debasree Chaudhuri

Minister of State in the Ministry of Women and Child Development.


Cabinet Ministers

June The Times of India


Modi’s A-Team Takes Guard On A Bouncy Pitch

A look at the portfolios, powers and prospects of the 24 in the Cabinet, the nine with independent charge, and the 24 ministers of state

Amit Shah | 54

Home Affairs (New Entrant)

A key choice, indicating that issues like the Supreme Courtmandated National Register of Citizens, Citizenship (Amendment) Bill and Kashmir are on the agenda. In sync with the government’s tough stance against separatists in J&K and tough stand on terror with Pakistan. Assembly polls and the Amarnath yatra will be his first major challenges. A push for abrogation of Article 35A is certain

Nirmala Sitharaman | 59

Finance & Corporate Affairs (Earlier: Defence)

The former Jawaharlal Nehru University student breaks yet another glass ceiling, appointed India’s first full-time woman finance minister in what is seen as a reward for handling the defence ministry and countering opposition on the Rafale deal issue with a marathon speech in Parliament. Needs to immediately address concerns over economic slowdown and the non-banking financial companies crisis and get down to preparing the full budget

Rajnath Singh | 67

Defence (Earlier: Home)

Expected to carry forward defence reforms, modernisation and acquisitions. Did a competent job in Home, but MHA is now being given a sharper political focus

S Jaishankar | 64

External Affairs (New Entrant)

The biggest surprise in this government’s formation, the former foreign secretary is expected to play a crucial role in steering India past US-China and US-Russia frictions and help with the Prime Minister’s vision of building alliances across the world. Will drive trade talks with the US and Asia-Pacific countries. His domain knowledge in dealing with China should help keep ties stable and improve cooperation, in keeping with the Wuhan spirit

Piyush Goyal | 54

Railways, Commerce & Industry (Earlier: Railways)

Along with railways, tasked with revitalising investment in economy and trade. Also restores power equations between finance & commerce ministries. Gets a thumbs up from BJP brass

Nitin Gadkari | 62

Road Transport, MSME (Earlier: Road, Shipping, Water Resources & Ganga)

The Nagpur MP gets additional charge of the job-generating small-scale sector, which many feel has been ignored and continues to suffer from the impact of demonetisation and GST. The additional charge comes on the back of his performance in building highways, where the pace of award and construction increased. Seen to have a sound understanding of entrepreneurial finance, having run businesses himself, and can network with other ministries and industry. Gadkari is credited with a can-do approach that helped get stalled road projects moving. He sorted out difficult log-jams in contracts with private operators that had become a bone of contention. He is now expected to adopt a sympathetic approach to problems of finance and viability that small businesses face, particularly in the face of new aggregators with their aggressive e-commerce models

Smriti Irani | 43

Women & Child Development, Textiles

(Earlier: Textiles)

The hero of Amethi gets women and child development too. Key issues include fixing anganwadi programme, malnutrition targets and getting anti-trafficking bill passed by the Lok Sabha. She is expected to continue the textiles ministry’s focus on linking weavers and craftsmen with buyers

Ravi Shankar Prasad | 64

Law & Justice, IT (Earlier: Law & Justice, Communications & IT)

After his win from Patna Sahib, the lawyer returns to the communications ministry. A level field for telecom companies is among the top items for the industry, while consumers still complain of poor call and data quality. He also has the task of promoting the Postal Bank while pursuing judicial reforms in law and justice. Needs to ensure smooth relations with judiciary. Regulation of tech platforms, boosting local manufacturing of electronic goods will be on the table

Prakash Javadekar | 68

Environment, I&B (Earlier: HRD)

Gets back his old charges after a successful stint as HRD minister. He is expected to build on his work in making green clearances more transparent and faster. He will take up where he left on global climate change negotiations and work on issues relating to sustainable forestry in the light of faster urbanisation. Tackling air pollution and meeting India’s national climate change targets will be top priority. Expected to liaise with media using his long experience as BJP national spokesperson

Narendra Singh Tomar | 62

Rural Development & Panchayati Raj, Mines, Parliamentary Affairs

(Earlier: Agriculture, Rural Development & Panchayati Raj)

A big confidence vote for the Madhya Pradesh leader, who has been tasked with modernising farming through crop diversification and investment, which have been lagging. His ministry has to work closely with the states to implement schemes such as PM-Kisan, whose scope has been expanded. In Parliament, he will need to work across the aisles despite NDA’s big majority given the ability of the opposition to stall

Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’ | 59

Human Resource Development (New entrant)

Back from the political wilderness, the former Uttarakhand chief minister will get the chance to redeem his image in a crucial ministry. Revision of curriculum (a priority of the Sangh Parivar), regulating private higher education and greater autonomy for top state universities are on the HRD ministry’s to-do list

Those elevated, MOS, and MOS (Independent charge)

2019, May- India’s Union Cabinet, Council of Ministers
From: June 1, 2019: The Times of India


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2019, May- India’s Union Cabinet, Council of Ministers

Ministers from Rajya, Lok Sabha, 2014/ 19

2014, 2019
Ministers from Rajya, Lok Sabha,
First time MPs who became ministers
From: May 31, 2019: The Times of India


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2014, 2019
Ministers from Rajya, Lok Sabha,
First time MPs who became ministers

Those inducted, and those dropped

2019: Those who were inducted into the Union Cabinet, and those who were dropped
From: May 31, 2019: The Times of India


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2019: Those who were inducted into the Union Cabinet, and those who were dropped

States, assets and age of ministers

2019: The states of origin, assets and ages of ministers
From: May 31, 2019: The Times of India


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2019: The states of origin, assets and ages of ministers

Party, gender, assets, age and ‘house’ of ministers

2019: The party, gender, assets, age and ‘house’ (upper/ lower) of ministers
From: May 31, 2019: The Times of India


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2019: The party, gender, assets, age and ‘house’ (upper/ lower) of ministers

Caste composition

Upper castes get the upper hand, May 31, 2019: The Times of India


PM Narendra Modi tried to accommodate representatives of most castes in his Council of Ministers but upper castes got a dominant presence, bagging 32 of the 58 berths. Ministers from Other Backward Classes, a crucial political constituency, numbered 13.

Nine Brahmin leaders have found place in the Union cabinet, including Nitin Gadkari. Three Thakur leaders also made it, including Rajnath Singh, Jodhpur MP Gajendra Singh Thakur and Morena MP Narendra Singh Tomar. Dharmendra Pradhan remains a prominent OBC face in the cabinet, besides Modi himself.

Of the 58 MPs sworn in as ministers on Thursday, six belonged to the Scheduled Castes and four to the Scheduled Tribes, mostly from Odisha and Jharkhand. Akali Dal leader Harsimrat Kaur Badal and BJP’s Hardeep Puri were the two Sikhs while Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi was the lone Muslim to take oath.

Caste-balance continues to play a key role even as BJP maintains that the verdict of the Lok Sabha polls showed blurring of caste as a factor in voting, even in the Hindi heartland states of UP and Bihar.

Presence of nine Brahmin leaders with Cabinet rank is being seen as a strong message to the community, which has strongly supported the party despite perceived reservations against appointment of Yogi Adityanath as UP CM. BJP’s UP unit president Mahendra Nath Pandey has been inducted as a cabinet minister, apparently to assuage the community.

Arjun Munda’s entry as cabinet minister is yet another signal to the tribal community in Jharkhand, which goes to polls later this year. Incumbent CM in the state Raghubar Das is a non-tribal, but the party won several tribal-dominated constituencies including Dumka, where its candidate defeated JMM patriarch Shibu Soren.

The states that are represented in the cabinet

20 of 29 states find place in Team Modi, UP gets rewarded with nine berths, May 31, 2019: The Times of India


Andhra, Kerala, TN Are The Big States Left Out

Uttar Pradesh, which sent the highest number of 64 MPs from the ruling alliance to the 17th Lok Sabha, on Thursday got the biggest representation in Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s council of ministers. Nine of the 58 ministers are from the state, including the PM who represents Varanasi, followed by eight from Maharashtra and five from Bihar.

Among bigger states, Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu and Kerala could not get any ministerial berth though V Muraleedharan, who represents Maharashtra in Rajya Sabha is Kerala BJP chief.

Twenty of the total 29 states have got one or more ministerial berths. Besides Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu and Kerala, the other states that could not get ministerial representation are from the north-east — Sikkim, Manipur, Mizoram, Nagaland, Tripura and Meghalaya.

BJP, in fact, could not open its account in Andhra Pradesh this year where 22 of the total 25 parliamentary seats went in favour of YSR Congress while the remaining three went to TDP.

Karnataka has four ministers while Rajasthan, Haryana and Gujarat have three each. Punjab, Jharkhand and West Bengal get two each.

Among the states which will see assembly polls this year, Maharashtra got maximum of eight ministers, Haryana three and Jharkhand two. Former chief minister of Jharkhand Arjun Munda got a Cabinet berth. West Bengal, where BJP did remarkably well picking up 18 seats and is eyeing the 2021 assembly polls, got two ministerial berths.

Four out of nine ministers, including the PM, from Uttar Pradesh are of Cabinet rank — Rajnath Singh, Smriti Irani, and Mahendra Nath Pandey being the others.

Maharashtra too got four ministers of Cabinet rank — Nitin Gadkari, Prakash Javadekar, Piyush Goyal and Arvind Ganpat Sawant (MP from south Mumbai). Javadekar and Goyal are Rajya Sabha MPs. Other than Sawant, three of the four were Cabinet ministers during Modi’s first term.

Bihar has two Cabinet ministers — Ravi Shankar Prasad and Giriraj Singh — besides Ramvilas Paswan (LJP), who is not an MP. NDA won 39 of the 40 parliamentary seats from the state. While BJP won the highest number of seats (17), its allies JD(U) won 16 and LJP bagged 6. JD(U), however, on Thursday decided not to join the Modi Cabinet due to differences over number of ministerial berths.

Harsh Vardhan, MP from Chandni Chowk in Delhi, is the lone minister from the Capital. Vardhan was the minister of environment and science & technology in the outgoing ministry.

Though he was initially made the health minister, his portfolio was later changed to accommodate J P Nadda. Nadda, however, is not in the ministry this time amid buzz that he might be given the responsibility of the party after induction of party chief Amit Shah in the Cabinet.

Among the states which will see assembly polls this year, Maharashtra got maximum of eight ministers, Haryana got three and Jharkhand two

See also

Union Cabinets/ Council of Ministers, India (historical)

Union Cabinet/ Council of Ministers, India (2014-19)

Union Cabinet/ Council of Ministers, India (2019-24)

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