President Ram Nath Kovind administered the oath of office and secrecy to all 43 members included in the Council of Ministers in a ceremony held at the Durbar Hall of Rashtrapati Bhavan.
Apart from Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu, Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla, Defense Minister Rajnath Singh, Union Home Minister Amit Shah, Chief Defense Speaker General Bipin Rawat and many other dignitaries were present on the occasion.
p style="text-align: justify;">After the resignation of a total of 12 ministers, now the number of members of the Union Council of Ministers has increased to 78, including the Prime Minister.
Modi has reshuffled and expanded the Union Council of Ministers for the first time since starting his second term as prime minister in May 2019 with 57 ministers.
Several rounds of meetings were held before this reshuffle and expansion and some senior leaders including Prime Minister Modi, Union Home Minister Amit Shah, Bharatiya Janata Party President JP Nadda reviewed the work of the ministers.
Prasad’s departure from the Union Cabinet comes at a time when there is a dispute between the micro-blogging platform Twitter and the government on various issues.
Prasad and Javadekar recently announced regulators for social media platforms like Facebook, Twitter and OTT and other digital platforms.
BJP General Secretary and Rajya Sabha member from Rajasthan Bhupendra Yadav also took oath as a cabinet minister.
Prime Minister Modi congratulated and congratulated all his colleagues in the Union Council of Ministers and said that together we will fulfill the aspirations of the people and build a strong and prosperous India.
Scindia has been given the responsibility of the Ministry of Civil Aviation, Narayan Rane the Ministry of Small, Micro and Medium Entrepreneurship and Sarbananda Sonowan the Ministry of Shipping, Shipping, Waterways and AYUSH.
Ashwini Vaishnav has been given the charge of Ministry of Railways, Communication and Electronics & Information Technology while Pashupati Kumar Paras has been given the charge of Ministry of Food Processing.
Kiran Rijiju was given the charge of Ministry of Law and Justice, Bhupendra Yadav in charge of Forest, Environment and Climate Change and Labor and Employment Ministry.
Dharmendra Pradhan was given the charge of Ministry of Education and Skill and Entrepreneurship, Hardeep Singh Puri the Ministry of Petroleum, Urban Development and Housing, Anurag Thakur in the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting and Ministry of Youth and Sports.
Giriraj Singh has been given the Ministry of Rural Development and Panchayati Raj and Mahendra Nath Pandey has been given the Ministry of Heavy Industries, G Kishan Reddy has been given the Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Development of North Eastern Region and Purushottam Rupala has been given the Ministry of Fisheries, Animal Husbandry and Dairying.
< p style="text-align: justify;"In these, Pankaj Chaudhary has been made Minister of State for Finance, Anupriya Singh Patel has been made Minister of State for Commerce and Industry, Rajiv Chandrashekhar has been made Minister of State for Skill, Entrepreneurship and Electronics and Information Technology, Shobha Karandlaje has been made Minister of State for Agriculture and Farmers Welfare.
Seven women have been given a place in this expansion of the Council of Ministers. With the addition of Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman and Union Women and Child Development Minister Smriti Irani, the total number of women ministers in the Union Council of Ministers has now increased to nine. Debashree Chaudhary was shown the way out of the Council of Ministers today.
Earlier 12 ministers including Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank, Dr. Harshvardhan, Sadananda Gowda, Ravi Shankar Prasad, Prakash Javadekar, Santosh Kumar Gangwar resigned from the Union Council of Ministers.