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Cabinet Reshuffle : Who gets What?

Prime Minister Narendra Modi's cabinet reshuffle appears to have been motivated by damage management, as much as a vision for the future in areas where the BJP wishes to develop. The exits have had a great impact than the admissions, and the most shocking one was that of Ravi Shankar Prasad, one of the government's most public faces. Before knowing who gets what, it is important to understand what a council of ministers is.

The Prime Minister and the Council of Ministers are the union's true executives. They assist and advise the president in the performance of his duties, but their counsel is binding on him.

No court will look into the advice offered to the President by the Council of Ministers, which implies they are answerable for the president's official acts based on their advice. However, because the Constitution does not give immunity for personal or official activities, ministers can be treated as ordinary persons.

The entire strength of the Prime Minister and the Council of Ministers shall not exceed 15% of the Lok Sabha's total strength. A person who has been disqualified due to defection is also ineligible to serve as an appointee.


A Cabinet-Minister, sometimes known as a Union-Minister, is the head of a specific ministry and the highest authority in that department, such as Finance, Defense, or Home Affairs. Cabinet Ministers, like Amit Shah, the Union Home Minister in Narendra Modi's cabinet, can be selected from either the Lok Sabha or the Rajya Sabha. As a member of the Rajya Sabha, former Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley held the Finance Portfolio.


In contrast to the Cabinet-Minister, who has the highest power in a department, the Minister of State (MoS) is the Cabinet Minister's junior. Minister of State for Home Affairs Nityanand Rai, for example, is tasked with aiding Amit Shah and does not have their portfolios.

Minister of State (Independent Charge)

Unlike a Minister of State, a Minister of State with Independent Charge is responsible for his or her ministry and does not assist a Cabinet-Minister. This position, however, is not considered equal to that of a cabinet minister. This position could be compared to a Junior Minister with a separate portfolio. The Ministry of State's Independent Charge is a position that sits between the Cabinet-Minister and Minister of State.

He/she does not have a Cabinet-Minister in charge of overseeing him/her. He or she will be able to report directly to the Prime Minister. The Minister of State (MoS) with Independent Charge is only called for specific matters connected to his or her respective department and is not asked for normal day-to-day discussions with the Prime Minister.

 The Prime Minister is "at the head" of the Council of Ministers, according to Article 74(1) of our Constitution. As a result, when the Prime Minister dies or resigns, the other Ministers are unable to operate.



Prime Minister Narendra Modi's first massive cabinet enlargement (in the second term) saw 43 MPs take the oath as ministers on Wednesday. 36 are new faces, including Jyotiraditya Scindia and Sarbanand Sonowal, while seven are serving ministers.

In addition to the Home Ministry, Prime Minister Narendra Modi will oversee the Ministry of Science and Technology, while Amit Shah will oversee the Ministry of Cooperation.


•    Union Minister for Health, Chemicals, and Fertilizers Mansukh Mandaviya

•    Jyotiraditya Scindia is the Minister of Civil Aviation.

•    Minister of Railways, Minister of Communications, and Minister of Electronics and Information Technology, Ashwini Vaishnav

•    Minister of Education and Minister of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship Dharmendra Pradhan

•    Minister of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises Narayan Tatu Rane

•    Hardeep Singh Puri is the Minister of Urban Housing and Petroleum.

•    Ministry of Women and Child Development's Smriti Irani (WCD)

•    Minister of Social Justice and Empowerment, Dr. Virendra Kumar

•    Minister of Steel, Ramchandra Prasad Singh

•    Minister of Food Processing Industries Pashu Pati Kumar Paras

•    Minister of Law and Justice Kiren Rijiju

•    Minister of Environment, Forests, and Climate Change, as well as Minister of Labor and Employment, Bhupender Yadav

•    Sarbanand Sonowal will be the new Minister of Shipping, Ports, and Waterways. In addition, he was given the Ayush Ministry.

•    Minister of Commerce and Industry, Minister of Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution, and Minister of Textiles are all Piyush Goyal.

•    Bhupendra Yadav is the Minister of Labour.

•    Anurag Thakur: Sports and Youth Affairs, as well as the I&B ministry.

•    Meenakshi Lekhi is the Minister of State for External Affairs.

Apart from that, major Union Cabinet Ministers Rajnath Singh, Nirmala Sitharaman, S Jaishankar, and Narendra Singh Tomar would keep their respective ministries of Defence, Finance, External Affairs, and Agriculture.

 Following Prime Minister Narendra Modi's reformed cabinet's first meeting on Thursday, the national government unveiled a fresh emergency response package costing Rs 23,123 crore to combat the coronavirus pandemic.

Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya announced the relief money, saying that the Centre will provide 15,000 crores and the states will contribute the remaining 8,000 crores. This will be executed in nine months to prevent a shortage of medicines and vital commodities. The help will be utilized to build a medication buffer supply, according to the ministry.

The number of cabinet ministers has increased from 21 to 30 and the number of junior ministers has increased from 23 to 45 as a result of the current reshuffle. There are now only two junior ministers with Independent Charge, down from nine previously.

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