Cabinet Reshuffle

With number of changes taking place in the country in recent times, one of a major change is taken place in the union cabinet. The Modi government had introduced new members in the council giving rise to a whole new cabinet of ministers for different departments on July,7th 2021. The total members counted as 43 among which 36 are new faces and 12 had been dropped out from the cabinet which includes, Health Minister Harsh Vardhan, IT and Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad and I&B Minister Prakash Javadekar, and brought Sarbananda Sonowal, Narayan Rane, Jyotiraditya Scindia and others. Many prime ministers all over the world have been known to have sacrificed this or that ministerial pawn in order to cover up their own leadership failure. Harsh Vardhan’s departure is as close an admission of governmental floundering as prime ministerial hubris would allow.

The new department of cooperation is granted to our home minister Amit Shah. New list is as follows-

Rajnath Singh: Defence Minister, Nitin Gadkari: Road Transport and Highways Minister, Nirmala Sitharaman: Finance Minister, Corporate Affairs Minister, Narendra Singh Tomar: Agriculture and Farmers’ Welfare Minister, S Jaishankar: External Affairs Minister, Arjun Munda: Tribal Affairs Minister, Smriti Irani: Women and Child Welfare Minister, Piyush Goyal: Commerce & Industry Minister, Consumer Affairs Minister, Food & Public Distribution Minister, Textiles Minister, Dharmendra Pradhan: Education Minister, Skill Development and Entrepreneurship Minister, Pralhad Joshi: Parliamentary Affairs Minister, Coal Minister, Mines Minister, Narayan Rane: Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises Minister, Sarbananda Sonowal: Ports, Shipping and Waterways Minister, AYUSH Minister, Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi: Minority Affairs Minister, Dr Virendra Kumar: Social Justice and Empowerment Minister, Giriraj Singh: Rural Development Minister, Panchayati Raj Minister, Jyotiraditya Scindia: Civil Aviation Minister, Ramchandra Prasad Singh: Steel Minister, Ashwini Vaishnaw: Railways Minister, Communication Minister, Electronics & IT Minister, Pashu Pati Kumar Paras: Food Processing Industries Minister, Gajendra Singh Shekhawat: Jal Shakti Minister, Kiren Rijiju: Law & Justice Minister, Raj Kumar Singh: Power Minister, New & Renewable Energy Minister, Hardeep Singh Puri: Petroleum & Natural Gas Minister, Housing & Urban Affairs Minister, Mansukh Mandaviya: Health and Family Welfare Minister, Chemicals & Fertilisers Minister, Bhupender Yadav: Environment, Forest & Climate Change Minister, Labour & Employment Minister, Mahendra Nath Pandey: Heavy Industries Minister, Parshottam Rupala: Fisheries, Animal Husbandry and Dairying Minister, G Kishan Reddy: Culture Minister, Tourism Minister, Minister for Development of Northeast, Anurag Thakur: Information & Broadcasting Minister, Sports & Youth Affairs Minister. Other 28 will hold the charge as Ministers of State.

This new cabinet marked a starting of new journey not only in terms of development but also along with growth with social equality as the members itself are chosen from different social backgrounds including, 12 ministers from Scheduled Caste communities from states such as Tamil Nadu, Rajasthan, Karnataka, Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, West Bengal. Two of them are likely to be Cabinet ministers. From the Scheduled Tribe communities, eight representatives from Arunachal Pradesh, Jharkhand, Chhattisgarh, Odisha, Assam, and Madhya Pradesh are inducted. Three of these are Cabinet ministers. Also, 19 members from Other Backward Class (OBC) communities. 11 women members had aslo been accomodated giving rise to women empowerment.

According to people aware of the details, the selection of ministers has also been done with the intent of bringing on-board people with administrative experience as the government has faced criticism including over the state of the economy, job crisis, rising prices, and the response to the second Covid-19 wave.

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