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Ministry of Agriculture

New Agriculture Minister of India has been Announced on 30th May 2019

Shri Narendra Singh Tomar is the Current Agriculture Minister of India

Close to 60 percent of India's population finds agriculture as the means and source of earning their livelihood, directly or indirectly. In fact, along with the agrarian society, all the non-agrarian sections of the population are also heavily dependent on agriculture, for obvious reasons. Therefore, the role of the regulatory body, that is, the Ministry of Agriculture becomes very challenging and demanding owing to the vastness of its jurisdiction.
The Ministry of Agriculture, Government of India is the supreme body that works towards the formulation and administration of the rules, regulations and laws related to agriculture in India. The major sections that the ministry looks after are agriculture, food-processing and co-operation.

Presently, the ministry is presided over by Union Minister of Agriculture Radha Mohan Singh.

Role of the Speaker

Since the Indian system of government follows the Westminster Model, the Parliamentary proceedings of the country are headed by a presiding officer who is called a Speaker. In other words, the Speaker of the two houses of the Parliament is responsible for ensuring the smooth functioning of the House. The Lok Sabha or the Lower House of the People in India, which is the highest legislative body in the country, chooses its Speaker who presides over the day-to-day functioning of the House. In the Rajya Sabha, the role of the Speaker is carried out by the Vice President of the country. His role is similar to that of the Lok Sabha Speaker, although the nomenclature is varied. Thus, the Speaker plays the crucial role of ensuring that the Parliament carries forward its role of legislation peacefully, maintaining harmony in the Houses of Parliament and taking crucial procedural decisions of the House. The Speaker is thus, in every sense, considered the true guardian of the Indian Parliamentary democracy, holding the complete authority of the Lok Sabha.

About Agriculture Minister

Narendra Singh Tomar is an Indian politician and a member of the 17th Lok Sabha. He is the Minister of Agriculture & Farmers Welfare in the Second Modi ministry. Previously he was the Minister of Rural Development, Minister of Panchayati Raj, Minister of Mines and Minister of Parliamentary Affairs in the Government of India. He is a leader of Bharatiya Janata Party. He was also a member of Fifteenth Lok Sabha from 2009 to 2013 from Morena and Sixteenth Lok Sabha from 2014 to 2019 from Gwalior. In 2019, he changed his constituency and was re-elected to the Lok Sabha from Morena.

Tomar was born on 12 June 1957 in Orethi village in Morena district of (Madhya Pradesh) in a Rajput family to Munshi Singh Tomar and Sharda Devi Tomar. He graduated from Jiwaji University. He is married to Kiran Tomar, with whom he has two sons and a daughter. He was nicknamed as Munna Bhaiya by Babulal Gaur.

Departmental Structure of the Agriculture Ministry

The Ministry of Agriculture comprises three key departments.

The Department of Agriculture and Co-operation

The department, under the Government of India (Allocation & Business) rules 1961, primarily looks after the promotion of the farmer co-operation movements.

The Department of Agriculture Research & Education

This department manages the 'Indian Council of Agricultural Research', but its primary responsibility is to look after the technological development, basic & operational research and ensuring good relations between various organisations and state governments.

The Department of Animal Husbandry, Dairying and Fisheries

Ensuring the growth in productivity of livestock (domestic animals raised in agricultural set up) and aqua farming (farming involving freshwater and saltwater species).

Functional Structure of Agricultural Ministry

The Secretary of Agriculture & Cooperation is the administrative chief of the department and is designated for formulation and implementation of policies of Agriculture and Cooperation. The Secretary is assisted by Principal Adviser, Special Secretaries, Additional Secretaries, Agriculture Commissioner, Economic and Statistical Adviser, Joint Secretaries and Horticulture Commissioner.

Chief Office Bearers

Minister of Agriculture - Narendra Singh Tomar
Minister of State - Shobha Karandlaje
Minister of State - Kailash Choudhary

Previous Ministers Of Agriculture

Radha Mohan Singh was the last minister to hold the position before Narendra Singh Tomar. Some of the other leaders who have held the position are Sharad Pawar, Jagjivan Ram, Chaudhary Devi Lal, Nitish Kumar, Ajit Singh and Rajnath Singh.

S. NoNameFromToPolitical Party
1Narendra Singh Tomar30-May-2019IncumbentBharatiya Janata Party
2Radha Mohan Singh27-May-201429-May-2019Bharatiya Janata Party
3Sharad Pawar22-May-200426-May-2014Nationalist Congress Party
4Rajnath Singh24-May-200321-May-2004Bharatiya Janata Party
5Ajit Singh22-July-200123-May-2003Rashtriya Lok Dal
6Nitish Kumar27-May-200022-July-2001Janata Dal Party(united)
7Sundar Lal Patwa06-March-200026-May-2000Bharatiya Janata Party
8Nitish Kumar22-Nov-199903-Mach-2000Janata Dal (United)
9AtalBihari Vajpayee19-Nov-199822-Nov-1999Bharatiya Janata Party
10Chatura Nan Mishra28-June-166918-March-1998Communist Party of India
11Suraj Bhan16-May-166901-June-1996Bharatiya Janata Party
12Dr. Jagannath Mishra08-Feb-199616-May-1996Indian National Congress(then)
13Dr.Balram Jakhar21-June-199117-Jan-1996Indian Nation Congress
14CH.Devi Lal20-Nov-199020-June-1991Indian National Lok Dal
15CH.Devi Lal06-Dec-198902-Aug-1990Indian National Lok Dal
16Bhajan Lal14-Feb-198802-Dec-1989Haryana Janhit Congress
17G.S.Dhillon12-May-198613-Feb-1988Indian National Congress
18Buta Singh31-Dec-198412-May-1986Indian National Congress
19Rao Birendra Singh14-Jan-198031-Dec-1984Vishal Haryana Party
20Braham Prakash30-July-197914-Jan-1980Indian National Congress
21Surjit Singh Barnala18-June-197728-July-1979Shiromani Akali Dal
22Prakash Singh Badal28-March-197717-June-1977Shiromani Akali Dal
23Jagjivan Ram10-Oct-197402-Feb-1977Indian National Congress (then)
24Fakhruddin Ali Ahmed27-June-197003-July-1974Indian National Congress
25Jagjivan Ram13-March-196727-June-1970Indian National Congress (then)
26C.Subramaniam09-Sept-196412-March-1967Indian National Congress
27Sardar Swaran Singh01-Sept-196309-June-1964Akali Dal
28S.K. Patil24-Aug-195901-Sept-1963Indian National Congress
29Ajit Prasad Jain25-Nov-195424-Aug-1959Indian National Congress
30Rafi Ahmed Kidwai13/May/ 195224-Oct-1954Indian National Congress
31K.M. Munshi13-May-195013-May-1952Indian National Congress
32Jairamdas Daulatram19-Jan-194813-May-1950Indian National Congress
33Dr.Rajendra Prasad02-Sept-194614-Jan-1948Indian National Congress

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