Cabinet Reshuffle: New Faces, New Challenges, New Frontiers
Prime Minister Narendra Modi has completed his cabinet reshuffle. Among the inspiring rejuvenations were Nirmala Sitharaman taking over as the first woman to be a full-time Defence Minister and Olympics Silver Medalist shooter Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore’s accession as the Sports Minister (Independent charge). Nirmala Sitharaman belongs to a middle-class family. Her father, was a Railways employee while her mother, was a homemaker. She did her Masters in Economics from Jawaharlal Nehru University followed by a PhD in Indo-European textile trade. She is one of the founding directors of Pranava, a school in Hyderabad. From 2003 – 2005 she was a member of the National Commission for Women. In 2014, she took over as the Minister of State, Commerce and Industry, as independent charge. Prior to the cabinet reshuffle, she headed the Ministry of Finance and Corporate Affairs (Minister of State). Silver medalist shooter Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore, India’s first ever individual silver medal winner at the Olympic Games, was till now serving as Minister of State for Information & Broadcasting. Having a defence family background, Rathore had passed the National Defence Academy examination and joined the Indian army.
Four ministers have been promoted to the Cabinet ranking and nine new faces brought on board as Ministers of State in this major revamp of his team by the Prime Minister.
Piyush Goyal, who was in charge of Power, has been promoted and given the additional charge of Railways, along with his existing portfolio with the Ministry of Coal. Dharmendra Pradhan, another senior minister also has been elevated to a Cabinet rank status with the Ministry of Skill Development, along with his existing charge with the Ministry of Petroleum
Here is a brief on the new faces that have been brought on board: