Nirmala Sitharaman Gets Defence, Piyush Goyal Gets Railways

Nirmala Sitharaman Gets Defence, Piyush Goyal Gets Railways

Nirmala Sitharaman Gets Defence, Piyush Goyal Gets Railways

Sitharaman tweeted her appointment is a big cheer to Indian women.

The current strength of the council of ministers, including the prime minister, is 73 and the maximum number of ministers can not go beyond 81. Twenty-eight are in the Cabinet, 11 are of the rank of Ministers of State with independent charge and 37 are Ministers of State.

Union Minister Piyush Goyal has been given the charge of Railway Ministry, post the mega Cabinet rejig on Sunday morning.

Goyal has also been declared as the Minister of Coal.

Sitharaman became the second woman to head the Defence Ministry after Indira Gandhi when she was Prime Minister.

All along Goyal was tipped to the next Finance Minister.

-Nitin Gadkari gets the additional charge of Ministry of Water Resources, River Development Ganga Rejuvenation. Earlier there was speculation that Uma Bharti could be dropped. According to senior railway officials working on the project, a meeting of senior officials from the Central Railway and the National High Speed Rail Corridor (NHSRC) -which is implementing the bullet train project - was held in Mumbai two days before the cabinet reshuffle.

Dharmendra Pradhan, the Minister of State for Petroleum and Natural Gas, and Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi, the Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs, took the oath as the Cabinet ministers at the ceremony held at the Rashtrapati Bhavan. Puri and Alphons are not MPs and will have to get elected to Parliament in six months.

Undoubtedly, Goyal leaves a solid foundation for his successor, bureaucrat-turnedpolitician R K Singh, at the power and renewable energy ministries. Both are from western Uttar Pradesh.

He also oversaw the BJP's publicity and advertising campaign including the social media outreach during the 2014 Lok Sabha elections.

Shekhawat, a first time MP from Jodhpur in Rajasthan, is a techno savvy progressive farmer seen as a role model for the rural community.

Minister of state for information and broadcasting Rajyavardhan Rathore was shifted to the sports ministry as minister of state (independent charge).

The Railways and Skill Development ministries have come under the spotlight with their performance being viewed within the establishment as below par, necessitating a change of guard.

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