Modi Cabinet reshuffle 2016: PM Narendra Modi-led Union Council of ministers today inducted 19 new faces. This is the second cabinet expansion and reshuffle exercise by the NDA government since it came to power in 2014.
We take a look at 5 key facts and takeaways from Modi government’s Cabinet reshuffle and expansion exercise 2016:
1) One big takeaway from the Cabinet expansion and reshuffle is the elevation of Prakash Javadekar from MoS (Independent charge) to Cabinet minister. Interestingly, other MoS (Independent charge) Piyush Goyal, Dharmendra Pradhan and Nirmala Sitharaman, have not been promoted. Goyal, Pradhan and Sitharaman, have widely been credited for their work on power sector, Make in India (ease of doing business) and oil sector reforms respectively.
2) Five ministers have been dropped from the Union Council of Ministers. These are Nihalchand, Ram Shankar Katheria, Sanwar Lal Jat, Manuskhbhai D Vasva and M K Kundariya.
3) Out of the 20 oaths, 19 were for Minister of State (MoS) rank, implying that a major rejig is expected at that level in various ministries. 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.
4) Across the inductions, clear geographical and political balancing acts are visible. While caste equations have been taken care of with entry of Dalit ministers. Also, ministers from UP have been inducted keeping in mind the upcoming Uttar Pradesh polls.
5) The 19 ministers that have been inducted into the Union Council of Ministers are: P P Chaudhary, Subhash Ramrao Bhamre, MJ Akbar, Arjun Ram Meghwal, Anil Madhav Dave, Ramesh Jigajinagi, Parshottam Rupala, Jasvantsinh Bhabhor, Mahendra Nath Pandey, Vijay Goel, Anupriya Patel, Mansukh Mandaviya,, Rajen Gohain, C R Chaudhary, Ajay Tamta, Ramdas Athawale and Krishna Raj.