Reshuffle finally happens


After months of feeding speculation, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh finally concluded a Cabinet reshuffle.

Five Cabinet Ministers tendered their resignations, Dayanidhi Maran, Murli Deora, B.K. Handique, Dr. M.S. Gill and Kanti Lal Bhuria along with two Ministers of State, A. Sai Prathap and Arun S. Yadav.

Seven new ministers were brought in to the Union Council of Ministers; V Kishore Chandra Deo, Dinesh Trivedi, Sudip Bandopadhyaya, Charan Das Mahant, Jitendra Singh, Milind Deora and Rajiv Shukla.

The new list of Ministers as published on the Prime Minister’s website is as follows:

Cabinet Ministers
V. Kishore Chandra Deo Tribal Affairs and Panchayati Raj
Beni Prasad Verma Steel
Dinesh Trivedi Railways
Jairam Ramesh Rural Development
Vilasrao Deshmukh Science and Technology and Earth Sciences
M. Veerappa Moily Corporate Affairs
Anand Sharma Commerce and Industry; and additional charge of Textiles
Pawan Kumar Bansal Parliamentary Affairs and additional charge of Water Resources
Salman Khursheed Law and Justice and additional charge of Minority Affairs
Ministers of State (Independent Charge)
Srikant Jena Statistics & Programme Implementation and
Minister of State in the Ministry of Chemicals and Fertilisers
Jayanthi Natarajan Environment and Forests
Paban Singh Ghatowar Development of North Eastern Region
Gurudas Kamat Drinking Water and Sanitation
Ministers of State
Sudip Bandyopadhyay Health and Family Welfare
Charan Das Mahant Agriculture and Food Processing Industries
Jitendra Singh Home Affairs
Milind Deora Communications and Information Technology
Rajeev Shukla Parliamentary Affairs
E. Ahamed External Affairs and Human Resource Development
V.Narayanasamy Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions; and Prime Minister’s Office
Harish Rawat Agriculture and Food Processing Industries; and Parliamentary Affairs
Mukul Roy Shipping
Ashwani Kumar Planning; Science and Technology and Earth Sciences
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