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Around 150 members of the Aam Aadmi Party's (AAP) Youth Wing protested near External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj's residence in Delhi demanding her resignation for helping former IPL Chief Lalit Modi with travel documents, officials said. The protesters, headed by AAP's Youth Wing Delhi president Ankush Garg, gathered outside the minister's house in the New Delhi area around 10 a.m. and raised slogans demanding her resignation for helping Modi procure documents to travel to Portugal last year for his cancer-stricken wife's treatment. "As the protest is peaceful as of now, we are trying to negotiate with the protesters to stop their agitation. However, if needed, they will be detained," a police officer said. Source - IANS
Scores of students on Monday staged a protest outside the Human Resource Development (HRD) ministry here against de-recognition of a students group by the Indian Institute of Technology-Madras (IIT-Madras). The students, gathered under the aegis of Jawaharlal Nehru University Students Union, raised slogans against IIT-Madras and the HRD ministry at Shashtri Bhawan, which houses the ministry. The Jamia Millia Islamia and Delhi University units of All India Student Association (AISA) also participated in the demonstration. Source: IANS
In a bid to boost foreign investment in India's $100 billion real estate sector, name an independent watchdog, protect consumers and fast-tack disputes, the cabinet on Tuesday approved some changes in the relevant bill for parliament to consider. According to an official note, the cabinet approved amendments to Real Estate (Regulation and Development) Bill, 2013 that is pending in the Rajya Sabha, based on the suggestions from a parliamentary standing committee and all stakeholders and experts. One of the principal changes that the cabinet has approved is to include commercial real estate as well within the ambit, as opposed to just residential projects in the bill that is before the Rajya Sabha. Source: IANS
The cabinet of Prime Minister Narendra Modi is expected to be expanded again, if news reports are to be believed. As per the news reports three Ministers of State are going to be promoted as cabinet ministers, while Minister of Minority Affairs Najma Heptullah may be apponited as a state governor and may have to leave her current ministry. It is learnt that PDP chief Mehbooba Mufit may be inducted into the Modi cabinet. The cabinet is said to be expanded on 8 April. Source: News Reports
The Congrsse on Sunday asked the AIADMK led by J. Jayalalitha not to lend its supports to the Land Acquisition Bill in its present form proposed by the BJP in Rajyasabha. The Congress reminded AIADMK that if it had to stick to its pro-farmer agenda, then it must not supports the bill. “AIADMK has the opportunity in the Rajya Sabha to demonstrate its support for farmers, farm labourers and land owners,” by opposing the Bill, senior Congress leader Jairam Ramesh said. Source: News Reports
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.
List of Cabinet Ministers of India with Photo and PortfolioThe incumbent Prime Minister Narendra Modi's cabinet is a little smaller than that of his predecessor Manmohan Singh's 77, with 66 ministers. This includes 28 cabinet ministers, the Prime Minister, 38 Ministers of State & Minister of State (Independent charge) combined. 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 the Ministry of Corporate Affairs and Ministry of Information & Broadcasting.
Cabinet Ministers and Prime MinisterThe Prime Minister of India is the Head of the Union Government. Unlike the President who is the Head of the 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.
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, UPSC, 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 GovernmentThere 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 IndiaThe 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 Home Affairs, Ministry of External Affairs, 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 chargesThe 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 StateMinisters 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.
Last Updated on May 21, 2015