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Cabinet Ministers of India 2014

What is Union Cabinet of India and How it Works?

According to the Constitution of India, in the everyday administration the Prime Minister is assisted by the Council of Ministers, which consists of the Cabinet Ministers, Deputy Ministers, Ministers of State with independent charge, Ministers of State working with the Cabinet Ministers and others. The Prime Minister is the Chairperson of the Cabinet.

The core Council of Ministers is called the Cabinet, ministers of which are decided by the PM. The various departments are allotted to various ministers by the PM. The PM presides over Cabinet meetings and oversees the important functions of the Cabinet. Ministers are removed from departments if the PM does not like the performance of the minister.

List of Cabinet Ministers of India with Photo and Portfolio

Narendra Modi's cabinet is much smaller than Manmohan Singh's, with 45 ministers. This includes 23 cabinet ministers, the Prime Minister, 10 ministers of State & 12 ministers of State (Independent charge). The top ministers in his cabinet include Rajnath Singh who has got Home Ministry, Sushma Swaraj who has been handed External Affairs Ministry, Arun Jaitley with Finance & additional charge of Defence.

Union Cabinet Ministers of India 2014 Portfolio Name Photo
1 Minister of Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions Narendra Modi Narendra Modi
Dept of Atomic Energy
Dept of Space
2 Minister of Finance Arun Jaitley Arun Jaitley
Minister of Defence
Minister of Corporate Affairs
3 Union Minister for Home Affairs Shri Rajnath Singh Rajnath Singh
4 Union Minister for External Affairs Smt. Sushma Swaraj Sushma Swaraj
Minister of Overseas Indian Affairs
5 Union Minister for Surface Transport & Shipping Nitin Gadkari Nitin Gadkari
Union Minister For Rural Development
Minister of Panchayati Raj
Minister of Drinking Water & Sanitation
6 Minister For Human Resource Development Smriti Irani Smriti Irani
7 Minister For Urban Development M. Venkaiah Naidu Venkaiah Naidu
Minister of Housing and Urban Poverty Alleviation
Minister of Parliamentary Affairs
8 Union Minister For Railways D. V. Sadananda Gowda D. V. Sadananda Gowda
9 Minister For Minority Affairs Najma Heptullah Najma Heptullah
10 Union Minister For Water Resources & Ganga Rejuvenation Uma Bharti Uma Bharti
11 Union Minister For Law & Justice, Telecom Shri Ravi Shankar Prasad Ravi Shankar Prasad
12 Union Minister For Micro, Small & Medium Enterprises Shri Kalraj Mishra Kalraj Mishra
13 Union Minister For Women & Child Development Maneka Gandhi Maneka Gandhi
14 Minister of Additional Charge of Chemicals & Fertilizers Shri Ananth Kumar Ananth Kumar
15 Union Minister For Food Processing Industries Harsimrat Kaur Badal Harsimrat Kaur Badal
16 Union Minister For Tribal Affairs Shri Jual Oram Jual Oram
17 Union Minister For Agriculture Shri Radha Mohan Singh Radha Mohan Singh
18 Union Minister For Mines Shri Narendra Singh Tomar Narendra Singh Tomar
Minister of Steel
Minister of Labour & Employment
19 Union Minister For Consumer Affairs & Food & Public Distribution Shri Ram Vilas Paswan Ram Vilas Paswan
20 Union Minister For Health & Family Welfare Dr. Harsh Vardhan Harsh Vardhan
21 Union Minister For Social Justice & Empowerment Shri Thawar Chand Gehlot Thawar Chand Gehlot
22 Union Minister For Civil Aviation Ashok Gajapati Raju Pusapati Ashok Gajapati Raju Pusapati
23 Union Minister For Heavy Industries & Public Enterprises Shri Anant Geete Anant Geete

State Ministers of India with Independent Charge

1 Ministry of Petroleum And Natural Gas Shri Dharmendra Pradhan Dharmendra Pradhan
2 Ministry of Development of North Eastern Region General V.K. Singh General V.K. Singh
Ministry of External Affairs
Ministry of Overseas Indian Affairs
3 Ministry of Planning Shri Inderjit Singh Rao Inderjit Singh Rao
Ministry of Statistics And Programme Implementation
Ministry of Defence
4 Ministry of Textiles Shri Santosh Kumar Gangwar Santosh Kumar Gangwar
Ministry of Parliamentary Affairs
Ministry of Water Resources
Ministry of River Development And Ganga Rejuvenation
5 Ministry of Culture Shri Shripad Yesso Naik Shripad Yesso Naik
Ministry of Tourism
6 Ministry of Skill Development Shri Paban Singh Ghatowar Paban Singh Ghatowar
Ministry of Entrepreneurship
Ministry of Youth Affairs And - Sports
7 Ministry of Information And Broadcasting Shri Prakash Javadekar Prakash Javadekar
Ministry of Environment
Ministry of Forest And Climate Change
Ministry of Parliamentary Affairs
8 Ministry of Power Shri Piyush Goyal Piyush Goyal
Ministry of Coal
Ministry of New And Renewable Energy
9 Ministry of Science And Technology Shri Jitendra Singh Jitendra Singh
Ministry of Earth Sciences
Ministry of Prime Minister's Office
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions
Ministry of Department of Atomic Energy
Ministry of Department of Space
10 Ministry of Commerce And Industry Shri Nirmala Sitharaman Nirmala Sitharaman
Ministry of Finance
Ministry of Corporate Affairs

Ministers of State

1 Ministry of Civil Aviation Shri G.M. Siddeshwara G.M. Siddeshwara
2 Ministry of Railways Shri Manoj Sinha Manoj Sinha
3 Ministry of Chemicals And Fertilizers Shri Nihalchand Nihalchand
4 Ministry of Rural Development Shri Upendra Kushwaha Upendra Kushwaha
Ministry of Panchayati Raj
Ministry of Drinking Water And Sanitation
5 Ministry of Heavy Industries And Public Enterprise Shri Radhakrishnan P Radhakrishnan P
6 Ministry of Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju Kiren Rijiju
7 Ministry of Road Transport And Highways Shri Krishan Pal Krishan Pal
Ministry of Shipping
8 Ministry of Agriculture Shri Sanjeev Kumar Balyan Sanjeev Kumar Balyan
Ministry of Food Processing Industries
9 Ministry of Tribal Affairs Mansukhbhai Dhanjibhai Vasava Mansukhbhai Dhanjibhai Vasava
10 Ministry of Consumer Affairs, Food And Public Distribution Shri Raosaheb Dadarao Danve Raosaheb Dadarao Danve
11 Ministry of Mines Shri Vishnu Deo Sai Vishnu Deo Sai
Ministry of Steel
Ministry of Labour And Employment
12 Ministry of Social Justice And Empowerment Sudarshan Bhagat Sudarshan Bhagat

Cabinet Ministers and Prime Minister

The Prime Minister of India is the Head of the Union Government. Unlike the President who is the Head of State, the PM is the Chief of government at the Centre. In other words, he is the real head of the executive branch of the Union Government.
He is the Leader of the House of Parliament to which he belongs. As India follows the Westminster Model of constitutional democracy, it is the Prime Minister who oversees the day-to-day functioning of the Indian administration. He is also the Chief advisor to the President.

The PM has many functions and powers. The PM holds the power to form his/her Council of Ministers, choosing members of his/her party for particular ministries within the working of the country.

The PM also oversees defence-related issues of the country. He makes all important policies and schemes of the government. He has to devote attention to all judicial appointments, appointments to State Administrative Tribunals, Central Administrative Tribunal, UPSCs, Election Commission. The PM is solely in-charge of certain departments or ministries like Ministry of Planning, Department of Atomic Energy, Department of Space and Ministry of Personal, Public Grievances and Pensions.

Categories of Ministers in Government

There are three categories of ministers within the Council of Ministers - Cabinet, Ministers of State with independent charges and Ministers of State working with the Cabinet Ministers.

Roles and Responsibilities of Cabinet Ministers of India

The Cabinet of India is the core of the Council of Ministers of the Union Government, and the collective decision-making body. All the important portfolios of the Central Government together comprise the Cabinet. Some of the most important ministries are Ministry of Defence, Ministry of Finance, Ministry of Commerce and Industry and others.

The role of the Cabinet ranges from advising the Council of Ministers and provide assistance to them, attend Cabinet meetings called by either the Prime Minister or any one of the Cabinet ministers to discuss issues related to his ministry. More importantly, it is the role of the Cabinet primarily to keep the confidence of the Houses of Parliament during the party's tenure in the Union government. It is the collective responsibility of the Cabinet to be accountable to the two Houses of Parliament, for its policies and schemes.

Roles and Responsibilities of Ministers of State with independent charges

The Ministers of State with independent charges are the second category of ministers in the Council of Ministers. They are not as important in their role as the Cabinet. There is no overseeing Cabinet Minister for the portfolio of the Minister of state with independent charges.

Roles and Responsibilities of Ministers of State

Ministers of State working with the Cabinet Ministers are the third rank of ministers. These are junior ministers who assist the Cabinet Minister in the particular portfolio. These junior ministers look after one or two aspects of the Cabinet portfolio, and not the whole ministry as such.

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Last Updated on October 31, 2014

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