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Modi Cabinet reshuffle Highlights: In first Cabinet meet after reshuffle, govt announces Rs 23,123-crore Covid package

PM Narendra Modi Government Cabinet Reshuffle Highlights: Assuring that APMCs will not be done away with after farm laws, Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar said, "Rs 1 lakh crore allocated under Atmanirbhar Bharat to Farmers Infrastructure Fund can be used by APMCs."

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi |
Updated: July 10, 2021 10:33:22 am
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday 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.

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.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi Cabinet Reshuffle Highlights: 36 new faces inducted and 12 sitting ministers shown the door, taking the tally in the Council of Ministers to 78; DV Sadananda Gowda, Ravi Shankar Prasad, Ramesh Pokhariyal Nishank, Prakash Javadekar, Santosh Gangwar, Babul Supriyo, Dr Harsh Vardhan among prominent faces left out

21:27 (IST)08 Jul 2021
In order to empower mandis, arrangements made for use of Agriculture Infrastructure Fund: Modi

In order to empower mandis, arrangements made for use of Agriculture Infrastructure Fund: Modi

21:23 (IST)08 Jul 2021
I am the real political successor of Ram Vilas Paswanji, says Union minister Pashupati Kumar Paras

Union Food Processing Minister Pashupati Kumar Paras on Thursday said he is the "real political successor" of his late brother Ram Vilas Paswan and not Chirag Paswan, who may be a claimant to his father's assets. After the death of Ram Vilas Paswan last year, a factional feud started in Lok Janshakti Party (LJP) between Paras and Paswan's son Chirag Paswan, with both sides now claiming to represent the party. LJP was founded by Ram Vilas Paswan. Paras, who was sworn in as a Cabinet Minister on Wednesday in the Narendra Modi-led government and made the Minister of Food Processing Industries, asked Chirag Paswan to do "self-introspection" about his mistakes. --PTI

20:57 (IST)08 Jul 2021
Union Home Minister Amit Shah meets Ajay Kumar, Nisith Pramanik

Union Home Minister Amit Shah today met Ajay Kumar and Nisith Pramanik after they took charge as Ministers of State in the Ministry of Home Affairs.

20:13 (IST)08 Jul 2021
Prime Minister Narendra Modi chairs Council of Ministers meeting

Prime Minister Narendra Modi chairs Council of Ministers meeting via video conference. 

19:23 (IST)08 Jul 2021
Pediatric care centres in 736 districts, 20,000 ICU beds to be created under Covid fund: Mandaviya

Pediatric care centers will be formed in 736 districts, 20,000 ICU beds will be created under the COVID relief fund: Mansukh Mandaviya, Union Health Minister

19:05 (IST)08 Jul 2021
APMC can use Rs 1 lakh crore agricultire investment fund

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.

18:50 (IST)08 Jul 2021
APMC won't be finished due to farm laws: says Tomar

"APMC can use Rs 1 lakh crore agricultire investment fund. APMC won't be finished due to farm laws," says Tomar

18:45 (IST)08 Jul 2021
Decisions taken in cabinet meeting prove govt committed towards agriculture: Tomar

Decisions taken in cabinet meeting prove government committed towards agriculture sector, says Union Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar.

18:39 (IST)08 Jul 2021
First cabinet meeting held with new batch of ministers

First cabinet meeting held with new batch of ministers. Union Minister Anurag Thakur says big decision taken in the meeting.

18:37 (IST)08 Jul 2021
Dropping Harsh Vardhan shows entire country's Covid work not up to the mark: DK Shivakumar

Dropping Harsh Vardhan shows entire country's Covid work not up to the mark: DK Shivakumar

18:17 (IST)08 Jul 2021
Ministers taking charge after Cabinet reshuffle vow to fulfil PM's vision for country

Several ministers, who took charge after a major Cabinet reshuffle, on Thursday hailed Prime Minister Narendra Modi for his leadership and vowed to realise his vision for the country. Newly appointed Union ministers and those elevated in the Cabinet reshuffle, including Ashwini Vaishnaw, Anurag Thakur and Mansukh Mandaviya, took charge of their respective ministries on Thursday. Bureaucrat-entrepreneur-turned-politician Vaishnaw, took charge as the country's new railway minister, while Thakur who was elevated as Information and Broadcasting Minister also assumed office. --PTI

18:14 (IST)08 Jul 2021
Munjapara Mahendrabhai takes charge as MoS, Ministry of Women and Child Development

Munjapara Mahendrabhai takes charge as Minister of State in the Ministry of Women and Child Development and Minister of State in the Ministry of AYUSH.

17:23 (IST)08 Jul 2021
Kiren Rijiju takes over as new law minister

Kiren Rijiju on Thursday took charge as the new law and justice minister and said the prime minster's vision of making an 'aatmanirbhar Bharat' (self-reliant India) also needs a robust legal system in the country. He said although he has a law degree, he does not have much experience about legal matters because he was never in the (legal) profession. "But everything can be handled with proper guidance, proper understanding of the subjects and application of right mind," he told reporters. "The prime minister's vision of making an 'aatmanirbhar Bharat' also requires a robust legal system in our country," he said, without elaborating. --PTI

17:05 (IST)08 Jul 2021
New MoS, Home, Ajay Mishra takes charge in his office

New MoS, Home, Ajay Mishra takes charge in his office

16:56 (IST)08 Jul 2021
Piyush Goyal takes charge of Commerce and Industry Ministry and two others

Piyush Goyal takes charge as the Minister of Commerce and Industry; Minister of Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution; and Minister of Textiles

16:50 (IST)08 Jul 2021
Nishad Party chief disappointed over son not being included after cabinet rejig

Nishad Party president Sanjay Nishad Wednesday expressed disappointment over his son and MP Praveen Nishad not being included in the Union cabinet after the reshuffle. He asked if Anupriya Patel of the Apna Dal (Sonelal) can be included in the Union council of ministers, why can't Praveen Nishad. "If Anupriya Patel of Apna Dal (Sonelal) could get a place in the council of ministers, then why MP Praveen Nishad can't? The people of Nishad community are already ditching the BJP and if the party does not rectify its mistakes, it will face the consequences in the upcoming assembly poll," he said. He said Praveen Nishad enjoys popularity in over 160 seats whereas "Anupriya Patel in just a few (assembly) seats". He added that he has conveyed his views to BJP president JP Nadda and Union Home Minister Amit Shah. "It is their turn to decide. However, I have full faith in them that they will take care of Praveen Nishad," he said. --PTI

16:44 (IST)08 Jul 2021
Nisith Pramanik takes charge as MoS, Ministry of Home Affairs

Nisith Pramanik takes charge as Minister of State in the Ministry of Home Affairs; and Minister of State in the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports.

16:39 (IST)08 Jul 2021
Pashupati Kumar Paras takes charge as Cabinet Minister in the Ministry of Food Processing Industries

Pashupati Kumar Paras takes charge as Cabinet Minister in the Ministry of Food Processing Industries.

16:36 (IST)08 Jul 2021
Anupriya Singh Patel takes charge as Minister of State in the Ministry of Commerce and Industry
16:26 (IST)08 Jul 2021
John Barla’s elevation as Union minister proves BJP supports bifurcation of West Bengal: TMC

The Trinamool Congress (TMC) on Thursday alleged that the elevation of Alipurduar MP John Barla as Union minister proves that the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) supports the bifurcation of West Bengal, a charge denied by the saffron party.

Barla, one of the key architects of the BJP’s making of inroads in north Bengal, had recently demanded a separate Union territory by carving out the region from the state. He was inducted into the cabinet of Prime Minister Narendra Modi as the Union Minister of State for Minority Affairs.

“The decision to elevate John Barla as Union minister proves that the BJP supports his statement regarding the division of West Bengal. The saffron should come out clean on it. He (Barla) is a divisive personality…For last two years, I haven’t seen him being able to speak properly in the Parliament, what sort of minister he will make is anybody’s guess,” TMC leader Sougata Roy said. Read more

Prime Minister Narendra Modi with the ministers on Wednesday.

Modi Cabinet reshuffle Highlights

As many as 43 leaders including Jyotiraditya Scindia, Narayan Rane and Sarbananda Sonowal Wednesday took oath as part of the Cabinet expansion of the Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led government. Fifteen Cabinet ministers, including some new faces, were sworn in at the swearing-in ceremony held in the Darbar Hall of the Rashtrapati Bhawan. While 13 members took oath in Hindi, two took in English.

Among those who took oath were Ajay Bhatt, Bhupender Yadav, Shobha Karandlaje, Sunita Duggal, Meenakshi Lekhi, Bharati Pawar, Shantanu Thakur, LJP's Pashupati Paras, and Apna Dal's Anupriya Patel.

Meanwhile, ahead of the much-anticipated reshuffle, at least twelve ministers have resigned from the council of ministers so far. Among the big names to resign include IT Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad, Health Minister Harsh Vardhan, Environment Minister Prakash Javdekar, Education Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank and Labour Minister Santosh Gangwar.

With the government’s image and credibility hit after the deadly second wave of the Covid-19 pandemic, Prime Minister Narendra Modi signalled a reset effecting the most sweeping change in his Council of Ministers since he took charge for the first time in 2014.

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.

The changes mark, arguably, the largest-scale purge in recent times with the Prime Minister divesting six of 23 sitting Cabinet ministers — over one fourth — and one Minister of State (Independent Charge) of their ministerial responsibilities.

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