PM Narendra Modi inducted 19 new faces to his Cabinet. This is the second expansion of the council of ministers since Modi government came to power in May 2014.
The list of ministers who were inducted include Faggan Singh Kulaste, SS Ahluwalia, Ramesh Chandappa Jigajinagi, Vijay Goel, Ramdas Athawale, Rajen Gohain, Anil Madhav Dave, Parshottam Rupala, MJ Akbar, Arjun Ram Meghwal, Jasvantsinh Bhabhor, Mahendra Nath Pandey, Ajay Tamta, Krishna Raj, Mansukhbhai Mandavia, Anupriya Patel, CR Chaudhary, PP Chaudhary and Subash Ram Bhamre.
Apart from the 19 new faces, Prakash Javadekar also took oath at Rashtrapati Bhawan today. Javadekar, the incumbent Union Minister of State for Environment, Forests and Climate Change has been elevated to the Cabinet rank. He was the only union minister to be elevated.
Among the 19 inductees, three MPs each from Uttar Pradesh, Gujarat and Madhya Pradesh took oath while four from Rajasthan were also sworn in.
PM Narendra Modi used the E3 formula of 'experience', 'expertise' and 'energy' to chart out the expansion process.
According to the sources, these 19 ministers were picked after an exhaustive vetting and selection process to find the best talent. They were also assessed for the value they would bring to the Cabinet.
The newly inducted ministers had met BJP leader Amit Shah on Monday.
Calling the cabinet expansion a natural event, PM Modi on Monday said that the exercise would reinforce his government's focus as outlined in the Budget this year.
(Courtesy: The Economic Times)