Modi 3.0 begins with a focus on consistency: Key ministers maintain their portfolios.

Jun 12, 2024 - 16:14
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Prime Minister Narendra Modi has sent a message of continuity in governance by keeping at least twelve of the top Union Cabinet ministers in their previous portfolios. This is the case even after five members of the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) partners were included in the Union Cabinet.

The members of the Cabinet Committee on Security (CCS) remain the same. Union ministers Rajnath Singh, Amit Shah, Nirmala Sitharaman, and S Jaishankar kept their positions overseeing Defence, Home Affairs and Cooperation, Finance and Corporate Affairs, and External Affairs, respectively. Nitin Gadkari will remain in charge of the Road Transport and Highways ministry.

Union ministers Piyush Goyal, Ashwini Vaishnaw, Dharmendra Pradhan, Sarbananda Sonowal, Hardeep Puri, and Bhupender Yadav kept the main roles they had in the previous government. The Prime Minister stripped them of their extra responsibilities to make room for new people and supporters. Goyal kept the Commerce and Industry portfolio but lost the Textiles, Consumer Affairs, Food, and Public Distribution departments. Vaishnaw kept Railways and Information Technology portfolios but relinquished Telecom. However, he also received the Ministry of Information & Broadcasting. In the previous Cabinet, Anurag Thakur held the I&B Ministry but has been removed in Modi 3.0 despite his recent election victory. The portfolio of Communications once managed by Vaishnaw is now assigned to Jyotiraditya Scindia, who previously served as the Civil Aviation minister. In addition, the ministries of Power and New and Renewable Energy were also divided.

The portfolios were announced by Rashtrapati Bhavan on Monday evening, nearly a day after the 72-member council of ministers was sworn in, and a few hours after the Union Cabinet's first meeting, where they sanctioned government aid for building 30 million houses through PMAY. In his initial move of the day, the PM, who had just assumed office for the third time, approved the transfer of the 17th installment of the PM-Kisan Samman Nidhi fund, totaling almost Rs 20,000 crore, to approximately 93 million farmers.

JP Nadda, who previously served as BJP president, made a notable comeback to the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, a position he held during the Modi 1.0 administration. The Prime Minister also assigned him the responsibility of leading the Ministry of Chemicals and Fertilisers. Mansukh Mandaviya managed two portfolios in the previous administration and will oversee Labour and Employment, Youth Affairs, and Sports. The Sports Ministry change occurs just before the July Olympics.

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