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Cabinet Ministers of India

List of Cabinet Ministers of India with Photo and Portfolio

Prime Minister Narendra Modi's cabinet is slightly smaller in size than that of his predecessor Manmohan Singh's 77. It has 66 ministers, including 28 cabinet ministers, the Prime Minister, 38 Ministers of State and Minister of State (Independent charge) combined. The top ministers in his cabinet are Rajnath Singh who has got Home Ministry, Sushma Swaraj who has been handed External Affairs Ministry and Arun Jaitley who is going to oversee Finance and Corporate Affairs.

The Narendra Modi government effected its first cabinet reshuffle since taking office on 5 July, 2016. HRD Minister Smriti Irani has been shifted to Textiles. Babul Supriyo, the Union Minister of State for Urban Planning has been shifted to Heavy Industries. Minorities' Affairs Minister Najma Heptullah put in her papers to pave way for her deputy Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi. Venkaiah Naidu has been handed over the Information & Broadcasting Ministry portfolio by Finance Minister Arun Jaitley. Heavy Industries minister G.M. Siddheshawara has been removed.

Cabinet Ministers

S.No Ministries Name Photo
1 Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions Narendra Modi Narendra Modi
Dept of Atomic Energy
Dept of Space
2 Ministry of Finance Arun Jaitley Arun Jaitley
Ministry of Corporate Affairs
3 Ministry of Home Affairs Shri Rajnath Singh Rajnath Singh
4 Ministry of External Affairs Smt. Sushma Swaraj Sushma Swaraj
Ministry of Overseas Indian Affairs
5 Ministry of Road Transport and Highways Nitin Gadkari Nitin Gadkari
Ministry of Shipping
6 Ministry of Urban Development M. Venkaiah Naidu Venkaiah Naidu
Ministry of Housing and Urban Poverty Alleviation
Ministry of Parliamentary Affairs
7 Ministry of Defence Manohar Parrikar Manohar Parrikar
8 Ministry of Railways Suresh Prabhu Suresh Prabhu
9 Minister of Statistics and Programme Implementation. D. V. Sadananda Gowda D. V. Sadananda Gowda
10 Ministry of Water Resources & Ganga Rejuvenation Uma Bharti Uma Bharti
11 Ministry of Consumer Affairs & Food & Public Distribution Shri Ram Vilas Paswan Ram Vilas Paswan
12 Ministry of Micro, Small & Medium Enterprises Shri Kalraj Mishra Kalraj Mishra
13 Ministry of Women & Child Development Smt. Maneka Sanjay Gandhi Maneka Gandhi
14 Ministry of Chemicals and Fertilizers and Minister of Parliamentary Affairs. Shri Ananth Kumar Ananth Kumar
15 Minister of Law and Justice; Minister of Electronics and Information Technology Shri Ravi Shankar Prasad Ravi Shankar Prasad
16 Ministry of Health & Family Welfare Jagat Prakash Nadda Jagat Prakash Nadda
16 Ministry of Civil Aviation Ashok Gajapati Raju Pusapati Ashok Gajapati Raju Pusapati
18 Ministry of Civil Heavy Industries and Public Enterprises Shri Anant Geete Anant Geete
19 Ministry of Food Processing Industries Harsimrat Kaur Badal Harsimrat Kaur Badal
20 Ministry of Rural Development Shri Narendra Singh Tomar Narendra Singh Tomar
Ministry of Panchayati Raj
Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation
21 Ministry of Steel Chaudhary Birender Singh Chaudhary Birender Singh
22 Ministry of Tribal Affairs Jual Oram Jual Oram
23 Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare. Shri Radha Mohan Singh Radha Mohan Singh
24 Minister of Textiles Smriti Irani Smriti Irani
25 Ministry of Social Justice & Empowerment Shri Thawar Chand Gehlot Thawar Chand Gehlot
26 Ministry of Science and Technology Dr. Harsh Vardhan Harsh Vardhan
Ministry of Earth Science
27 Ministry of Human Resource Development Shri Prakash Javadekar Shri Prakash Javadekar

State Ministers of India with Independent Charge

1Ministry of Planning in the Ministry of Urban Development and in the Ministry of Housing and Urban Poverty AlleviationRao Inderjit Singh Rao Inderjit Singh
2Ministry of Labour and EmploymentBandaru Dattatreya Bandaru Dattatreya
3Ministry of Skill Development and EntrepreneurshipRajiv Pratap Rudy Rajiv Pratap Rudy
4Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports and in the Ministry of Water Resources, River Development and Ganga RejuvenationVijay Goel Vijay Goel
5Ministry of Ayurveda, Yoga and Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha and Homoeopathy (AYUSH)Shripad Yesso Naik Shripad Yesso Naik
6Ministry of Petroleum and Natural GasDharmendra Pradhan >Dharmendra Pradhan
7Ministry of Power, Ministry of Coal, Ministry of New and Renewable Energy and Ministry of MinesPiyush Goyal Piyush Goyal
8Ministry of Development of North Eastern Region Minister of State in the Prime Minister's Office Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions Minister of State in the Department of Atomic Energy and Minister of State in the Department of SpaceDr. Jitendra Singh Dr. Jitendra Singh
9Minister of State Ministry of Commerce and IndustrySmt. Nirmala Sitharaman Smt. Nirmala Sitharaman
10Minister of State Ministry of Culture, Minister of State and Ministry of TourismDr. Mahesh Sharma Dr. Mahesh Sharma
11Minister of State Ministry of Communications and RailwaysManoj Sinha Manoj Sinha
12Minister of State Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate ChangeAnil Madhav Dave Anil Madhav Dave

Ministers of State

1External AffairsGeneral (Retd.) V.K. Singh V.K. Singh
2FinanceSantosh Kumar Gangwar Santosh Kumar Gangwar
3Health and Family Welfare Faggan Singh Kulaste Faggan Singh Kulaste
4Minority Affairs and Parliamentary AffairsMukhtar Abbas Naqvi Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi
5Agriculture and Farmers Welfare and Parliamentary AffairsS.S. Ahluwalia S.S. Ahluwalia
6Social Justice and EmpowermentRamdas Athawale Ramdas Athawale
7Rural DevelopmentRam Kripal Yadav Ram Kripal Yadav
8Micro, Small and Medium EnterprisesHaribhai Parthibhai Chaudhary Haribhai Parthibhai Chaudhary
9Micro, Small and Medium EnterprisesGiriraj Singh Giriraj Singh
10Home AffairsHansraj Gangaram Ahir Hansraj Gangaram Ahir
11Heavy Industries and Public EnterprisesG.M. Siddeshwara G.M. Siddeshwara
12Drinking Water and SanitationRamesh Chandappa Jigajinagi Ramesh Chandappa Jigajinagi
13RailwaysRajen Gohain Rajen Gohain
14Agriculture and Farmers Welfare and Panchayati RajParshottam Rupala Parshottam Rupala
15External AffairsM. J. Akbar M. J. Akbar
16Human Resource DevelopmentUpendra Kushwaha Upendra Kushwaha
17Road Transport and Highways and ShippingRadhakrishnan Radhakrishnan
18Home AffairsKiren Rijiju Kiren Rijiju
19Social Justice and EmpowermentKrishan Pal Krishan Pal
20Tribal AffairsJaswantsinh Sumanbhai Bhabhor Jaswantsinh Sumanbhai Bhabhor
21Water Resources, River Development and Ganga RejuvenationDr. Sanjeev Kumar Balyan Dr. Sanjeev Kumar Balyan
22SteelVishnu Deo Vishnu Deo
23Agriculture and Farmers WelfareSudarshan Sudarshan
24Science and Technology and Earth SciencesY.S. Chowdary Y.S. Chowdary
25Civil AviationJayant Sinha Jayant Sinha
26Information and BroadcastingCol. Rajyavardhan Rathore Col. Rajyavardhan Rathore
27Heavy Industries and Public EnterprisesBabul Supriyo Babul Supriyo
28Food Processing IndustriesSadhvi Niranjan Sadhvi Niranjan
29Social Justice and EmpowermentVijay Sampla Vijay Sampla
30Finance and Corporate AffairsArjun Ram Meghwal Arjun Ram Meghwal
31Human Resource DevelopmentDr. Mahendra Nath Pandey Dr. Mahendra Nath Pandey
32TextilesAjay Tamta Ajay Tamta
33Women and Child DevelopmentSmt. Krishna Raj Smt. Krishna Raj
34Road Transport and Highways Shipping and Chemicals and FertilizersMansukh L. Mandaviya Mansukh L. Mandaviya
35Health and Family WelfareSmt. Anupriya Smt. Anupriya
36Consumer Affairs, Food and Public DistributionC. R. Chaudhary C. R. Chaudhary
37Law and Justice and Electronics and Information TechnologyP.P. Chaudhary P.P. Chaudhary
38DefenceDr. Subhash Ramrao Bhamre Dr. Subhash Ramrao Bhamre

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 approve of the performance of the minister.

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 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.
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 adviser 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, 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 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 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 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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