Biggest Surprise!!! Nirmala Sitharaman is the new Defence Minister; What are the other surprises that no one expected?

PM Modi has put an end to the speculations as the new Defence Minister is announced. Yes, it is Nirmala Sitharaman, who will be taking charge as the new Defence Minister of India. Previously it was held by Arun Jaitley who is also the Finance Minister.

Nirmala Sitharaman , 58, had shown spectacular achievement in her previous portfolio as commerce minister. She is the second woman defence minister after Indira Gandhi. Indira Gandhi had held additional charge of portfolio in between 1980 and 1982.

Today, nine new ministers were inducted by PM Modi to his cabinet and four existing ministers were elevated to cabinet post. RK Singh, the former home secretary, was allotted the power ministry which was earlier held by Piyush Goyal. The new skill development minister will be Dharmendra Pradhan, he is replacing Rajiv Pratap Rudy. The earlier railway minister, Suresh Prabhu, will now be the commerce minister.

Piyush Goel has been allotted the railway ministry and Smrithi Irani retains textile as well as information and Broadcast Ministry. Whereas, KJ Alpons, the new minister, is the MoS (Independent Charge) Ministry of Tourism and MoS Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology. Nitin Gadkari gets additional charge of Ministry of Water Resources, River Development Ganga Rejuvenation. Rajyavardhan Rathore is now also Minister (Independent Charge) of Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports.

Uma Bharti will now be the new drinking water and sanitation minister.

Here is the complete list of Cabinet Ministers

  1. Raj Nath Singh – Minister of Home Affairs
  2. Sushma Swaraj – Minister of External Affairs.
  3. Arun Jaitley – Minister of Finance and Minister of Corporate Affairs.
  4. Nitin Jairam Gadkari – Minister of Road Transport and Highways; Minister of Shipping; and Minister of Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation.
  5. Suresh Prabhu – Minister of Commerce and Industry.
  6. D.V. Sadananda Gowda – Minister of Statistics and Programme Implementation.
  7. Uma Bharati – Minister of Drinking Water and Sanitation.
  8. Ramvilas Paswan – Minister of Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution.
  9. Maneka Sanjay Gandhi – Minister of Women and Child Development.
  10. Ananthkumar– Minister of Chemicals and Fertilizers; and Minister of Parliamentary Affairs.
  11. Ravi Shankar Prasad– Minister of Law and Justice; and Minister of Electronics and Information Technology.
  12.  Prakash Nadda- Minister of Health and Family Welfare.
  13. Ashok Gajapathi Raju Pusapati – Minister of Civil Aviation.
  14. Anant Geete – Minister of Heavy Industries and Public Enterprises.
  15. Harsimrat Kaur Badal – Minister of Food Processing Industries.
  16. Narendra Singh Tomar– Minister of Rural Development; Minister of Panchayati Raj; and Minister of Mines.
  17. Chaudhary Birender Singh – Minister of Steel.
  18. Jual Oram – Minister of Tribal Affairs.
  19. Radha Mohan Singh– Minister of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare.
  20. Thaawar Chand Gehlot– Minister of Social Justice and Empowerment.
  21. Smriti Zubin Irani– Minister of Textiles; and Minister of Information and Broadcasting.
  22. Dr. Harsh Vardhan – Minister of Science and Technology; Minister of Earth Sciences; and Minister of Environment, Forest and Climate Change
  23.  Prakash Javadekar – Minister of Human Resource Development.
  24. Dharmendra Pradhan – Minister of Petroleum and Natural Gas; and Minister of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship.
  25. Piyush Goyal – Minister of Railways; and Minister of Coal.
  26. Nirmala Sitharaman – Minister of Defence.
  27. Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi – Minister of Minority Affairs.

Credits: Republicworld.com

Nishika Ram