MoS (Independent charge) Environment Prakash Javadekar who was today elevated to the rank of a Cabinet minister in Modi government’s Council of Ministers, has bagged HRD Ministry.
Modi Cabinet reshuffle 2016: MoS (Independent charge) Environment Prakash Javadekar was today elevated to the rank of a Cabinet minister in Modi government’s Council of Ministers.
Javadekar has previously been Minister of State for Information & Broadcasting and Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs. He has also been a Member of Parliament – Rajya Sabha (from Maharashtra) – 2008-2014.
Javadekar’s elevation comes, even at a time when his ministry is mired in controversy over whether it has withdrawn a Rs 200-crore fine imposed on Adani Ports. This fine had been imposed by the UPA government in 2012. NDA government has denied any such move to withdraw the fine.
PM Narendra Modi has inducted 19 new faces in his Union Council of Ministers. These are P P Chaudhary, Subhash Ramrao Bhamre, M J Akbar, Arjun Ram Meghwal, Anil Madhav Dave, Ramesh Jigajinagi, Parshottam Rupala, Jasvantsinh Bhabhor, Mahendra Nath Pandey, Faggan Kulaste, Vijay Goel, Anupriya Patel, Mansukh Mandaviya, S S Ahluwalia, Rajen Gohain, C R Chaudhary, Ajay Tamta, Ramdas Athawale and Krishna Raj.
The new faces will definitely demonstrate the intricate rainbow politics of caste combinations that the party is looking to woo.
Portfolios of Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, Home Minister Rajnath Singh, Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar, Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu, HRD Minister Smriti Irani, Roads, Transport and Shipping Minister Nitin Gadkari, Telecom Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad are likely to remain untouched. There is no word on whether these portfolios will see any rejig or changes.