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Ministers of India



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.

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 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 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.

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.

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.

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.

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. 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.

List of Ministers of India



Ministers of India
S.no Portfolio Name
1 Prime Minister and also in-charge of the Ministries/Departments not specifically allocated to the charge of any Minister viz.: Dr. Manmohan Singh
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions
Ministry of Planning
Department of Atomic Energy
Department of Space
2 Minister of Defence Shri A.K. Antony
3 Minister of Agriculture and Minister of Food Processing Industries Shri Sharad Pawar
4 Minister of Finance Shri P. Chidambaram
5 Minister of Health and Family Welfare Shri Ghulam Nabi Azad
6 Minister of New and Renewable Energy Dr. Farooq Abdullah
7 Minister of Home Affairs Shri Sushilkumar Shinde
8 Minister of Petroleum and Natural Gas Shri M. Veerappa Moily
9 Minister of Science and Technology Shri S. Jaipal Reddy
Minister of Earth Sciences
10 Minister of Labour and Employment Shri Sis Ram Ola
11 Minister of Urban Development Shri Kamal Nath
Minister of Parliamentary Affairs
12 Minister of Civil Aviation Shri Ajit Singh
13 Minister of Overseas Indian Affairs Shri Vayalar Ravi
14 Minister of Railways Shri Mallikarjun Kharge
15 Minister of Road Transport and Highways Shri Oscar Fernandes
16 Minister of Communications and Information Technology Shri Kapil Sibal
Minister of Law and Justice
17 Minister of Commerce and Industry Shri Anand Sharma
18 Minister of Social Justice and Empowerment Kumari Selja
19 Minister of Housing and Urban Poverty Alleviation Dr. Girija Vyas
20 Minister of Shipping Shri G.K. Vasan
21 Minister of Heavy Industries and Public Enterprises Shri Praful Patel
22 Minister of Coal Shri Shriprakash Jaiswal
23 Minister of External Affairs Shri Salman Khurshid
24 Minister of Tribal Affairs Shri V. Kishore Chandra Deo
Minister of Panchayati Raj
25 Minister of Steel Shri Beni Prasad Verma
26 Minister of Rural Development Shri Jairam Ramesh
27 Minister of Minority Affairs Shri K. Rahman Khan
28 Minister of Mines Shri Dinsha J. Patel
29 Minister of Human Resource Development Shri M.M. Pallam Raju
30 Minister of Water Resources Shri Harish Rawat
31 Minister of Culture Smt Chandresh Kumari Kathoch
32 Minister of Textiles Dr. Kavuru Samba Siva Rao
Ministers of State with Independent Charge
1 Ministry of Women and Child Development Smt. Krishna Tirath
2 Ministry of Consumer Affairs, Food & Public Distribution Prof. K.V. Thomas
3 Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation Shri Srikant Jena

Ministry of Chemicals and Fertilizers
4 Ministry of Environment and Forests Smt. Jayanthi Natarajan
5 Ministry of Development of North Eastern Region Shri Paban Singh Ghatowar
Ministry of Parliamentary Affairs
6 Ministry of Power Shri Jyotiradiya Madhavrao Scindia
7 Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation Shri Bharatsinh Solanki
8 Ministry of Micro , Small and Medium Enterprises Shri K.H. Muniyappa
9 Ministry of Corporate Affairs Shri Sachin Pilot
10 Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports Shri Jitendra Singh
11 Ministry of Defence
12 Ministry of Information and Broadcasting . Shri Manish Tewari
13 Ministry of Tourism Dr. K. Chiranjeevi
14 Ministry of Parliamentary Affairs Shri Rajeev Shukla
Ministry of Planning
15 Ministry of Labour and Employment Shri Kodikunnil Suresh
16 Ministry of Agriculture and Ministry of Food Processing Industries Shri Tariq Anwar
17 Ministry of Railways Shri K.J. Surya Prakash Reddy
18 Ministry of Tribal Affairs Smt Ranee Narah
19 Ministry of Railways Shri Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury
20 Ministry of Road Transport and Highways Shri Sarvey Sathyanarayana
21 Ministry of Minority Affairs Shri Ninong Ering
22 Ministry of Urban Development Smt Deepa Dasmunsi
23 Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment Shri Porika Balram Naik
24 Ministry of Health and Family Welfare Shri A.H. Khan Choudhury
25 Ministry of Communication and Information Technology Dr.(Smt) Kruparani Killi
26 Ministry of Rural Development Shri Lalchand Kataria
27 Ministry of Commerce and Industry Dr. E.M. Sudarsana Natchiappan
28 Ministry of Finance Shri Jesudasu Seelam
Ministers of State
1 Ministry of External Affairs Shri E. Ahamed
2 Ministry of Home Affairs Shri Mullappally Ramachandran
3 Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions Shri V. Narayanasamy
Prime Minister's Office
4 Ministry of Commerce and Industry Smt. D. Purandeswari
5 Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas Smt. Panabaka Lakshmi
Ministry of Textiles
6 Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment Shri Manikrao Hodlya Gavit
7 Ministry of Finance Shri Namo Narain Meena
8 Ministry of Health and Family Welfare Smt. Santosh Chowdhary
9 Ministry of External Affairs Smt. Preneet Kaur
10 Ministry of Human Resource Development Shri Jitin Prasada
11 Ministry of Road Transport and Highways Shri Tusharbhai Chaudhary
12 Ministry of Coal Shri Pratik Prakashbapu Patil
13 Ministry of Civil Aviation Shri K.C. Venugopal
14 Ministry of Home Affairs Shri R.P.N. Singh
15 Ministry of Human Resource Development Dr. Shashi Tharoor
16 Ministry of Rural Development Shri Pradeep Jain
17 Ministry of Agriculture; Ministry of Food Processing Industries Shri Charan Das Mahant
18 Ministry of Communications and Information Technology Shri Milind Deora
Ministry of Shipping

Last Updated on February 15, 2014






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