Modi Cabinet Reshuffle Highlights: In the first Cabinet meeting after reshuffle, the Union government allocated Rs 23,000 crores package for emergency response to Covid-19. “Rs 23,123-crore package to be given to deal with Covid-19. It will be used jointly by the Central and state governments,” said the newly-appointed Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya in the first media briefing of the new cabinet.
Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar said efforts will be made to provide more resources to the APMCs. Assuring that APMCs will not be done away with after farm laws, Tomar said, “Rs 1 lakh crore allocated under Atmanirbhar Bharat to Farmers Infrastructure Fund can be used by APMCs.”
A day after Prime Minister Narendra Modi handpicked new and young leaders to nurture and energise the sectors ravaged by the pandemic — from health and education to labour, civil aviation, IT and petroleum, the newly sworn-in Cabinet ministers took charge of their respective ministries.
In the biggest-ever expansion of the Council of Ministers, the Prime Minister on Wednesday had assigned key responsibilities such as IT and Communication to the Wharton-educated Ashwini Vaishnaw, Health to Mansukh Mandaviya, Civil Aviation to Jyotiraditya Scindia, Education and Skill Development to Dharmendra Pradhan, Environment, Labour and Employment to Bhupendra Yadav, Information and Broadcasting to Anurag Thakur and Law to Kiren Rijiju. As many as 36 new faces were inducted and 12 sitting ministers were shown the door taking the tally in the Council of Ministers to 78 (including the PM), just a notch short of the statutory limit of 81.