Smriti Irani, Sadananda Gowda dropped from Inter-State Council headed by PM Modi

The Inter-State Council was established in May 1990 with a mandate to act as a coordinating body between the states and the Centre.

By: PTI | New Delhi | Published:October 19, 2016 8:28 pm
Smriti Irani, Narendra Modi, Inter state council, Smriti Irani Narendra modi, Textiles Minister Smriti Zubin Irani speaks at a programme in Varanasi. PTI Photo

Union Ministers Smriti Irani and D V Sadananda Gowda have been dropped from Inter-State Council, official sources said on Wednesday. Irani and Gowda were permanent invitees to the council headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Irani and Gowda were divested of their HRD and Law and Justice portfolios respectively in the last Cabinet reshuffle in July. Irani is now Textiles Minister, while Gowda holds Statistics and Programme Implementation portfolio.

Both the ministers were dropped from the council which was reconstituted yesterday, according to an official order. HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar has been included in the new council. Ravi Shankar Prasad, Minister of Electronics and Information Technology, who also holds the Law and Justice portfolio, continues to be on the council. The Inter-State Council was established in May 1990 with a mandate to act as a coordinating body between the states and the Centre.

It is tasked to inquire into and advising upon disputes which may have arisen between states and also to investigate and discuss subjects in which some or all of the states, or the Union, have a common interest. The Prime Minister had in July chaired the 11th meeting of the council after a gap of nearly ten years. The previous meeting of Inter-State Council was held in December 2006.

The council has as its members chief ministers of all states, chief ministers of union territories having a Legislative Assembly and administrators of union territories not having Legislative Assembly, and six union ministers. The ministers who are its members include Rajnath Singh (Home), Sushma Swaraj (External Affairs), Arun Jaitley (Finance and Corporate Affairs), M Venkaiah Naidu (Urban Development, Housing and Urban Poverty Alleviation and Information and Broadcasting), Nitin Gadkari (Road Transport & Highways and Shipping) and Manohar Parrikar (Defence).

Ten Cabinet Ministers and Ministers of State (Independent Charge) are permanent invitees to the council. Besides Javadekar and Prasad, Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu, Minister of Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution Ramvilas Paswan, Food Processing Industries Minister Harsimrat Kaur Badal, Tribal Affairs Minister Jual Oram, Social Justice and Empowerment Minister Thawar Chand Gehlot are the permanent invitees.

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  1. Y
    Oct 19, 2016 at 8:28 pm
    Without eating BEEF should couldn't have grown as fat as a cow in other words "COW-FAT".lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;Shri Modiji should order a CBI probe into the secret behind her protein.
    1. A
      Oct 19, 2016 at 4:06 pm
      Modi's next move will be to throw them away from Cabinet. Use and throw is fast catching trend in India these days.
      1. J
        Oct 19, 2016 at 6:26 pm
        She lost her s ex appeal old women
      2. J
        Oct 19, 2016 at 6:28 pm
        She should contact hustler magazine they 50 too
        1. J
          Jigsaw Kemerton
          Oct 19, 2016 at 5:52 pm
          Every picture of Smriti Irani reminds me of Cow Dung.
          1. A
            Ashok Mazumdar
            Oct 19, 2016 at 3:49 pm
            Sweet and Articulate and Well dressed ,Educated in English Language is being discriminated as she is a decent Lady.
            1. S
              Oct 19, 2016 at 3:56 pm
              She's one of those women who can do more bad than an evil man.... Modi understood how danger her elevation is to the country.... She's most arrogant minister ever... Her arrogance is only for her ego, not for country
            2. A
              Oct 19, 2016 at 7:07 pm
              Smriti Irani : a Fraudster and Compulsive Liar, In and Out, has lost favoritism of the Baba- She charms him less than before and still there. Free her totally so that she can return to her basic trade the movies.
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