New Union Council of Ministers formed

Question: Who has been assigned the portfolio of Coal Minister in the newly formed Union Council of Ministers?
(a) Sadanand Gowda
(b) Dharmendra Pradhan
(c) Prahlad Joshi
(d) Udit Raj
Answer: (c)
Related facts:

  • A new Union Council of Ministers was formed on 31st May, 2019 after the landslide victory for the BJP led NDA in the 17th General Election allowing them to form the 2nd consecutive NDA government.
  • The swearing in ceremony took place on 30th May, 2019 in the Rashtrapati Bhawan where Narendra Modi took oath as the Prime Minister of India along with other ministers of the cabinet.
  • A total of 57 people took oath as Ministers in which 24 people took oath as the Cabinet Minister, 24 as Minister of State and 9 as Minister of State (Independent Charge).
  • It is worth to state that Article 75(1) in The Constitution of India 1949 provisions that the Prime Minister shall be appointed by the President and the other Ministers shall be appointed by the President on the advice of the Prime Minister.

Key facts about Ministers:

  • The new Cabinet, which comprises of 58 ministers, has a total six (11%) women ministers in the Cabinet.
  • First-time ministers Amit Shah and S. Jaishankar bagged the key Home and External Affairs portfolios respectively.
  • Nirmala Sitharaman became the first woman full-time Finance Minister.
  • A new Ministry called Jal Shakti has been created.It will be headed by Gajendra Singh Shekawat.

Portfolio allocation:

Shri Narendra ModiPrime Minister and also in-chargeof: Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions; Department of Atomic Energy; Department of Space; and All important policy issues; and All other portfolios not allocated to any Minister.

Cabinet Ministers

1.Shri Raj Nath SinghMinister of Defence.
2.Shri Amit ShahMinister of Home Affairs.
3.Shri Nitin Jairam GadkariMinister of Road Transport and Highways; and Minister of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises.
4.Shri D.V. Sadananda GowdaMinister of Chemicals and Fertilizers.
5.Smt. Nirmala SitharamanMinister of Finance; and Minister of Corporate Affairs.
6.Shri Ramvilas PaswanMinister of Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution.
7.Shri Narendra Singh TomarMinister of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare; Minister of Rural Development; and Minister of Panchayati Raj.  
8.Shri Ravi Shankar PrasadMinister of Law and Justice; Minister of Communications; and Minister of Electronics and Information Technology.
9.Smt. Harsimrat Kaur BadalMinister of Food Processing Industries.
10.Shri Thaawar Chand GehlotMinister of Social Justice and Empowerment.
11.Dr. Subrahmanyam JaishankarMinister of External Affairs.
12.Shri Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’Minister of Human Resource Development.
13.Shri Arjun MundaMinister of Tribal Affairs.
14.Smt. Smriti Zubin IraniMinister of Women and Child Development; and Minister of Textiles.
  15.Dr. Harsh VardhanMinister of Health and Family Welfare; Minister of Science and Technology; and Minister of Earth Sciences.
16.Shri Prakash JavadekarMinister of Environment, Forest and Climate Change; and Minister of Information and Broadcasting.
17.Shri Piyush GoyalMinister of Railways; and Minister of Commerce and Industry.
18.Shri Dharmendra PradhanMinister of Petroleum and Natural Gas; and Minister of Steel.
19.Shri Mukhtar Abbas NaqviMinister of Minority Affairs.
20.Shri Pralhad JoshiMinister of
Parliamentary Affairs; Minister of Coal; and Minister of Mines.
21.Dr. Mahendra Nath PandeyMinister of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship.
22.Shri Arvind Ganpat SawantMinister of Heavy Industries and Public Enterprise.
23.Shri Giriraj SinghMinister of Animal Husbandry, Dairying and Fisheries.
24.Shri Gajendra Singh ShekhawatMinister of Jal Shakti.

Ministers of State (Independent Charge)

1.Shri Santosh Kumar GangwarMinister of State (Independent Charge) of the Ministry of Labour and Employment.
2.Rao Inderjit SinghMinister of State (Independent Charge) of the Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation; and Minister of State (Independent Charge) of the Ministry of Planning.
3.Shri Shripad Yesso NaikMinister of State (Independent Charge) of the Ministry of Ayurveda, Yoga and Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha and Homoeopathy (AYUSH); and Minister of State in the Ministry of Defence.
4.Dr. Jitendra SinghMinister of State (Independent Charge) of the Ministry of Development of North Eastern Region; Minister of State in the Prime Minister’s Office; Minister of State in the Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions; Minister of State in the Department of Atomic Energy; and Minister of State in the Department of Space.
5.Shri Kiren RijijuMinister of State (Independent Charge) of the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports; and Minister of State in the Ministry of Minority Affairs.
6.Shri Prahalad Singh PatelMinister of State (Independent Charge) of the Ministry of Culture; and Minister of State (Independent Charge) of the Ministry of Tourism.
7.Shri Raj Kumar SinghMinister of State (Independent Charge) of the Ministry of Power; Minister of State (Independent Charge) of the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy; and Minister of State in the Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship.
8.Shri Hardeep Singh PuriMinister of State (Independent Charge) of the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs; Minister of State (Independent Charge) of the Ministry of Civil Aviation; and Minister of State in the Ministry of Commerce and Industry.
9.Shri Mansukh L. MandaviyaMinister of State (Independent Charge) of the Ministry of Shipping; and Minister of State in the Ministry of Chemicals and Fertilizers.

Ministers of State

1.Shri Faggansingh KulasteMinister of State in the Ministry of Steel.
2.Shri Ashwini Kumar ChoubeyMinister of State in the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare.
3.Shri Arjun Ram MeghwalMinister of State in the Ministry of Parliamentary Affairs; and Minister of State in the Ministry of Heavy Industries and Public Enterprises.
4.General (Retd.) V. K.
Singh
Minister of State in the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways.
5.Shri Krishan PalMinister of State in the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment.
6.Shri Danve Raosaheb DadaraoMinister of State in the Ministry of Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution.
7.Shri G. Kishan ReddyMinister of State in the Ministry of Home Affairs.
8.Shri Parshottam
Rupala
Minister of State in the Ministry of
Agriculture and
Farmers Welfare.
9.Shri Ramdas AthawaleMinister of State in the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment.
10.Sadhvi Niranjan JyotiMinister of State in the Ministry of Rural Development.
11.Shri Babul SupriyoMinister of State in the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change.
12.Shri Sanjeev Kumar BalyanMinister of State in the Ministry of Animal
Husbandry, Dairying
and Fisheries.
13.Shri Dhotre Sanjay
Shamrao
Minister of State in the Ministry of Human Resource Development; Minister of State in the Ministry of Communications; and Minister of State in the Ministry of Electronics and
Information
Technology.
14.Shri Anurag Singh ThakurMinister of State in the Ministry of Finance;
and Minister of State in the Ministry of
Corporate Affairs.
15.Shri Angadi Suresh ChannabasappaMinister of State in the Ministry of Railways.
16.Shri Nityanand RaiMinister of State in the Ministry of Home
Affairs.
17.Shri Rattan Lal KatariaMinister of State in the Ministry of Jal Shakti; and Minister of State
in the Ministry of
Social Justice and
Empowerment.
18.Shri V. MuraleedharanMinister of State in the Ministry of External Affairs; and Minister of State in the
Ministry of
Parliamentary Affairs.
19.Smt. Renuka Singh SarutaMinister of State in the Ministry of Tribal Affairs.
20.Shri Som ParkashMinister of State in the Ministry of Commerce and Industry.
21.Shri Rameswar TeliMinister of State in the Ministry of Food
Processing Industries.
22.Shri Pratap Chandra SarangiMinister of State in the Ministry of Micro,
Small and Medium
Enterprises; and
Minister of State in the Ministry of Animal
Husbandry, Dairying
and Fisheries.
23.Shri Kailash
Choudhary
Minister of State in the Ministry of
Agriculture and
Farmers Welfare.
24.Sushri Debasree ChaudhuriMinister of State in the Ministry of Women
and Child
Development.

Links:
http://pib.nic.in/PressReleseDetail.aspx?PRID=1572883
https://www.thehindu.com/news/national/list-of-ministers-in-narendra-modis-cabinet-and-their-portfolios/article27375526.ece
https://economictimes.indiatimes.com/news/elections/lok-sabha/india/meet-the-key-members-of-modis-new-team/articleshow/69590229.cms
https://www.businesstoday.in/current/economy-politics/modi-20-cabinet-new-govt-has-51-crorepati-ministers-16-with-serious-criminal-cases/story/352806.html
https://indiankanoon.org/doc/1532170/

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