Forty three Ministers were sworn in to the Union Council of Ministers as Prime Minister Narendra Modi inducted many new faces. They include 15 Cabinet Ministers and 28 Ministers of State. BJP leaders Narayan Rane, Jyotiraditya Scindia, Sarbananda Sonowal, Dr Virendra Kumar, Ashwini Vaishnaw and Bhupendra Yadav and R C P Singh of JD(U) and Pashupati Kumar Paras of LJP were sworn in as Cabinet Ministers. Union Ministers Hardeep Singh Puri, Mansukh Mandaviya, Kiren Rijiju, Raj Kumar Singh, G Kishan Reddy, Parshottam Rupala and Anurag Thakur were also elevated to the rank of Cabinet Ministers. President Ram Nath Kovind administered the oath of office and Secrecy today at a Ceremony organized at the Rashtrapati Bhavan while following all COVID protocols.
BJP MPs Pankaj Chaudhury, S P Singh Baghel, Rajeev Chandrasekhar, Sobha Karandlaje, Bhanu Pratap Singh Verma, Darshana Vikram Jardosh, Meenakshi Lekhi, Annapurna Devi, A Narayanaswamy and Kaushal Kishore, Ajay Bhatt, B L Verma, Ajay Kumar, Chauhan Devusinh and Anupriya Patel of Apna Dal were sworn in as the Ministers of State. Besides, BJP leaders Kapil Patil, Subhash Sarkar, Bharati Pawar, Bishweswar Tudu, Shantanu Thakur, John Barala, L Murugan and Nisith Pramanik and others also took oath as Ministers of State.
The swearing-in ceremony was attended by Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, Home minister Amit Shah, BJP President J P Nadda and several Union Ministers. This is the first Cabinet expansion of the Narendra Modi government in the second tenure.
AIR Correspondent reports, with today’s expansion of the Council of Ministers, the Narendra Modi government has a record representation of OBC, SC and ST communities. 27 OBC Ministers including 5 with Cabinet rank, 12 ministers from scheduled caste communities and eight from scheduled tribes are now in the Union Council of Ministers. Women representation has also increased with the induction of new faces. Five leaders of the minority community are now ministers in the Modi government.
Besides, the Cabinet expansion also witnessed a fine balance of young and experienced leaders. In the expanded Council of Ministers, 14 ministers are below the age of 50 years including six cabinet ministers. There are 46 leaders with experience of being ministers in the Central Government and 23 who have been elected to the Parliament three or more times. Professionals with educational and functional experience have also found a place.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi has congratulated all the colleagues who have taken oath today and wished them the very best for their ministerial tenure. In a tweet, Mr Modi said, they will continue working to fulfil aspirations of the people and build a strong and prosperous India.
Union Home Minister Amit Shah has also congratulated all the colleagues who have taken oath today. Mr Shah expressed confidence that the entire Cabinet under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi will make its best contribution in taking the welfare policies of the government to the people with full devotion and dedication as well in realizing the resolve of self-reliant India.
Meanwhile, BJP MP Meenakshi Lekhi who took oath as a Minister of State has thanked Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Home Minister Amit Shah, and party President JP Nadda for giving her the opportunity to serve as a Minister. Talking to reporters in New Delhi, She said, she will sincerely carry out all the duties given to her.
G Kishan Reddy who has been elevated as a Cabinet Minister in the Narendra Modi government, said he will discharge the responsibility with dedication and discipline whatever assigned to him.