As the nine new ministers took oath in fresh cabinet reshuffle in Prime Mnister Narendra Modi's government, four ministers - Piyush Goyal, Nirmala Sitharaman, Dharmendra Pradhan, Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi - were elevated to the cabinet level.
Union Minister Piyush Goyal has been given the charge of Railway Ministry, post the mega Cabinet rejig on Sunday morning.
This comes after Suresh Prabhu formally bade adieu to the 'rail family' on Twitter, earlier in the day. He has now been assigned the portfolio of the Minister of Commerce and Industry.
Goyal has also been declared as the Minister of Coal. He has been responsible in bringing about a turnaround in power production and delivered on the government's plan to electrify villages.
Nirmala Sitharaman has been assigned the charge of the Defence Ministry, becoming only the second woman to hold the post since late Indira Gandhi.
Following this, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley took over, but only recently, he had hinted that he would not remain the defence minister for long.
Dharmendra Pradhan has been promoted to the Cabinet rank of Minister of Petroleum and Natural Gas; and Minister of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship.
Let us have a look at all the existing ministers of Modi Cabinet and their portfolios.
Narendra Modi– Prime Minister, Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions, Department of Atomic Energy Department of Space, All important policy issues and all other portfolios not allocated to any Minister
Rajnath Singh– Home Affairs
Sushma Swaraj– External Affairs, Overseas Indian Affairs
Arun Jaitley– Finance, Corporate Affairs
Nitin Gadkari– Road Transport and Highways, Shipping; additional charge of Ministry of Water Resources, River Development Ganga Rejuvenation.
Uma Bharti- Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation.
Suresh Prabhu– Railways (He is likely to be moved to another ministry)
D V Sadananda Gowda– Statistics & Programme Implementation
Ramvilas Paswan– Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution
Maneka Gandhi– Women and Child Development
Ananth Kumar– Chemicals and Fertilizers and Parliamentary Affairs
Ravi Shankar Prasad– Communications and Information Technology; Law and Justice
Jagat Prakash Nadda– Health and Family Welfare
Ashok Gajapathi Raju Pusapati– Civil Aviation
Anant Geete– Heavy Industries and Public Enterprises
Harsimrat Kaur Badal– Food Processing Industries
Narendra Singh Tomar– Rural Development, Panchayati Raj, Drinking Water and Sanitation, with additional charge of Ministry of Urban Development; Also Ministry of Mines
Chaudhary Birender Singh– Steel
Jual Oram– Tribal Affairs
Radha Mohan Singh– Agriculture
Thaawar Chand Gehlot– Social Justice and Empowerment
Smriti Zubin Irani– Ministry of Textile with an additional charge of Information and Broadcasting.
Dr. Harsh Vardhan– Minister of Science and Technology and Earth Sciences
New Cabinet Ministers, who took oath on September 3, 2017
Piyush Goyal: Ministry of Railways
Nirmala Sitharaman: Defence Minister
Dharmendra Pradhan: Petroleum Ministry, Skill Development and Entrepreneurship ministry
Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi: Parliamentary Affairs Minister
MINISTER OF STATE (Independent Charge)
General (Retd) V K Singh– Development of North Eastern Region (Independent Charge), External Affairs, Overseas Indian Affairs
Inderjit Singh Rao– Planning (Independent Charge), Statistics and Programme Implementation (Independent Charge), Defence
Santosh Kumar Gangwar– Textiles (Independent Charge)
Shripad Yesso Naik– AYUSH (Independent Charge), Health & Family Welfare
Sarbananda Sonowal– Youth Affairs and Sports (Independent Charge)
Prakash Javadekar– Environment, Forest and Climate Change (Independent Charge)
Jitendra Singh– Development of North Eastern Region (Independent Charge), Prime Minister’s Office Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions, Department of Atomic Energy, Department of Space
Mahesh Sharma– Culture (Independent Charge), Tourism (Independent Charge), Civil Aviation
MINISTER OF STATE
Vijay Goel: MoS, Parliamentary Affairs and MoS Statistics and Program Implementation
Ram Kripal Yadav– Drinking Water and Sanitation
Haribhai Parthibhai Chaudhary– Home Affairs
Sanwar Lal Jat– Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation
Mohanbhai Kalyanjibhai Kundariya– Agriculture
Giriraj Singh– Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises
Hansraj Gangaram Ahir– Chemicals & Fertilizers
G M Siddeshwara– Heavy Industries and Public Enterprises
Manoj Sinha– Railways
Nihalchand– Panchayati Raj
Upendra Kushwaha– Human Resources Development
Radhakrishnan P– Road Transport and Highways, Shipping
Kiren Rijiju– Home Affairs
Krishan Pal– Social Justice and Empowerment
Mansukhbhai Dhanjibhai Vasava– Tribal Affairs
Vishnu Deo Sai– Mines, Steel
Sudarshan Bhagat– Rural Development
Prof. (Dr.) Ram Shankar Katheria– Human Resource Development
Y S Chowdary– Science and Technology, Earth Science
Jayant Sinha– Finance
Col. Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore– Information and Broadcasting; Also Minister (Independent Charge) of Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports
Babul Supria (Babul Supriyo) Baral– Urban Development, Housing and Urban Poverty Alleviation
Sadhvi Niranjan Jyoti– Food Processing Industries
Vijay Sampla– Social Justice & Empowerment
New Ministers who took oath on September 3, 2017:
Ashwini Kumar Choubey
Shiv Pratap Shukla
Raj Kumar Singh: Ministry of State (Independent Charge) of Ministry of Power & Ministry of New and Renewable Energy.
Hardeep Singh Puri: MoS Urban Development Ministry
Gajendra Singh Shekhawat
Satya Pal Singh
Alphons Kannanthanam: MoS (Independent Charge) Ministry of Tourism and MoS Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology.
(With agencies inputs)