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Modi rejigs team, Sitharaman gets Def, Goyal Railways

NEW DELHI: Nirmala Sitharaman will be the country's new Defence Minister while Piyush Goyal will be the new Railways Minister after a cabinet reshuffle on Sunday that saw nine new ministers take the oath. Sitharaman and Goyal too took oath after being promoted to cabinet rank along with Dharmendra Pradhan and Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi.
Nirmala Sitharaman will be the first woman Defence Minister after Indira Gandhi, who held the department for a brief spell when she was Prime Minister.
Dharmendra Pradhan, now a cabinet minister, will continue to have charge of Petroleum and Natural Gas and will also be minister for skill development and entrepreneurship, which Rajiv Pratap Rudy gave up two days ago.
Nitin Gadkari retains his earlier portfolio along with the additional responsibility of Water Resources and Ganga Rejuvenation.
Suresh Prabhu has been shifted to Ministry of Commerce and Industry.
Santosh Kumar Gangwar has been promoted as the MoS (I/C) of Labour and Employment. Giriraj Singh is now the MoS (I/C) of the Ministry of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises.
Among the new entrants as Ministers of State, former Home Secretary Raj Kumar Singh has been given Independent charge of Power and Renewable Energy. Former IFS officer Hardeep Singh Puri has been given Independent charge of the Ministry of Urban Development. Alphons Kannanthanam has been given independent charge of Tourism and Electronics and IT ministry.
Puri is said to have the backing of Finance minister Arun Jaitley for the infrastructure department. Puri, a former high-ranking diplomat who was briefly National Security Advisor to Manmohan Singh, had hoped for the same profile when Modi became PM in 2014. However, he, was pipped to the post by Ajit Doval, an RSS favourite.
Meanwhile, Alphons hopes to be used to network with the Church in Kerala, the state he comes from.
Satya Pal Singh the Lok Sabha MP from Baghpat and former Mumbai police commissioner has been appointed MoS in the Human Resource Development and Water Resources ministries.
P Radhakrishnan and newly inducted Shiv Pratap Shukla will be the two ministers of state in the Arun Jaitley-led Finance Ministry.
Virendra Kumar is the new MoS in the Ministry of Women and Child Development and Ministry of Minority Affairs. Ashwini Kumar Chaubey is the new MoS in the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare.
Choubey and Shukla are believed to be RSS nominees.
Some of the existing ministers have lost their portfolios.
Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore replaced Vijay Goel in the Sports Ministry. Goel, who earlier held an independent charge, will be the Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs and Statistics and Programme Implementation.
Mahesh Sharma lost tourism ministry, only retains culture.
Uma Bharti continues to be a cabinet minister. Bharti was eased out of her earlier ministry for not delivering on PM Modi's pet project of cleaning the Ganga. She has been given the ministry of drinking water and sanitation, along with SS Ahluwalia as MoS, who lost his Parliamentary Affairs portfolio. She skipped Sunday's oath ceremony.
Smriti Irani, Harsh Vardhan, Ravi Shankar Prasad and Narendra Singh Tomar continue to hold more than one portfolio.
PM Modi and BJP chief Amit Shah met the new ministers on Sunday morning at the Prime Minister's residence. Modi told them to perform and "do a good job." His council of ministers will now have 76 ministers, up from 73.
CABINET MINISTERS
Nirmala Sitharaman-Minister of Defence.
Piyush Goyal-Minister of Railways; and Minister of Coal.
Dharmendra Pradhan-Minister of Petroleum and Natural Gas; & Minister of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship.
Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi-Minister of Minority Affairs.
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 & Highways; Minister of Shipping; & 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 & Child Development .
Ananthkumar -Minister of Chemicals & Fertilizers; & Minister of Parliamentary Affairs .
Ravi Shankar Prasad -Minister of Law & Justice; & Minister of Electronics & 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 & Empowerment.
Smriti Zubin Irani -Minister of Textiles; & Minister of Information and Broadcasting .
Dr. Harsh Vardhan -Minister of Science & Technology; Minister of Earth Sciences; and Minister of Environment, Forest and Climate Change .
Prakash Javadekar -Minister of Human Resource Development.
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-Minister of State (Independent Charge) of the 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 & Farmers Welfare; & 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 & Child Development; & 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.
Smt. 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 & Highways; Minister of State in the Ministry of Shipping; & Minister of State in the Ministry of Chemicals & Fertilizers.
Smt 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 & Public Distribution; & Minister of State in the Ministry of Commerce & Industry.
Shri 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; & Minister of State in the Ministry of Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation.
(Portfolio Info- M Post Bureau)
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