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Portfolios out; Sibal gets HRD, law for Moily

india Updated: May 29, 2009 01:53 IST
Varghese K. George
Varghese K. George
Hindustan Times
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The social sector will continue to be the focus area of the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) in its second avatar too. Infrastructure, which suffered in the past five years, will get a renewed thrust. The line-up

Congress biggies with long-standing administrative experience have been put in charge of power and road transport and highways — Sushil Kumar Shinde and Kamal Nath, respectively. Transport was with ally DMK in the previous government, while Nath had a stint as commerce minister. Major Cabinet ministers

Health and human resources development (HRD) — the key sectors where Prime Minister Manmohan Singh could not push ahead with his reform agenda in the previous government — have been assigned to Ghulam Nabi Azad and Kapil Sibal, respectively.

Health was with PMK’s Anbumani Ramadoss and Congress veteran Arjun Singh was in charge of HRD. Sibal, as science and technology minister, had opposed many elements of Arjun Singh’s education policies. Azad and Sibal are certain to shake up the two sectors that are crucial to leveraging India’s huge demographic opportunity.

Two-thirds of India is below 35 years of age but it is estimated that about 57 per cent of India’s unemployed youth do not possess employable skills — a challenge for the new HRD minister.

The teaming of cabinet and junior ministers also displays a conscious attempt to club experience with enthusiasm —- for instance, SM Krishna gets Shashi Tharoor to aid him in the ministry of external affairs.

The team for Manmohan’s second innings comprises efficient and dynamic ministers in sectors that were laggards in the first innings — HRD and minority affairs are examples. Key ministries

The ministries of panchayati raj and rural development have both been assigned to C.P. Joshi, bringing synergy in two linked sectors that were handled by two different ministers belonging to two different parties earlier.

Soon after the swearing-in ceremony, Congress president and UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi indicated that the new ministers will be constantly monitored. “Some of those who are inside can make way for others,” she said, when asked how the party would induct new ministers, if necessary, since the council has just two more vacancies.

The PM said the government would spell out its priorities for the first 100 days in office through the president’s address to Parliament in the first week of June and subsequently in the budget speech of finance minister Pranab Mukherjee.

Defence, home, finance and external affairs — four crucial portfolios — were given to Congress seniors A.K. Antony, P Chidambaram, Pranab Mukherjee and S.M. Krishna respectively after the first swearing in on May 22.

Manmohan Singh now has 33 cabinet ministers, seven ministers of state with independent charge and 38 ministers of state.

Cabinet Ministers

1. Shri Virbhadra Singh Minister of Steel

2. Shri Vilasrao Deshmukh Minister of Heavy Industries and Public Enterprises

3. Shri Ghulam Nabi Azad Minister of Health and Family Welfare

4. Shri Sushil Kumar Shinde Minister of Power

5. Shri M. Veerappa Moily Minister of Law and Justice

6. Dr. Farooq Abdullah Minister of New and Renewable Energy

7. Shri S. Jaipal Reddy Minister of Urban Development

8. Shri Kamal Nath Minister of Road Transport and Highways

9. Shri Vayalar Ravi Minister of Overseas Indian Affairs

10. Smt. Meira Kumar Minister of Water Resources

11. Shri Dayanidhi Maran Minister of Textiles

12. Shri A. Raja Minister of Communications and Information Technology

13. Shri Murli Deora Minister of Petroleum and Natural Gas

14. Smt. Ambika Soni Minister of Information and Broadcasting

15. Shri Mallikarjun Kharge Minister of Labour and Employment

16. Shri Kapil Sibal Minister of Human Resource Development

17. Shri B.K. Handique Minister of Mines and Minister of Development of North Eastern Region

18. Shri Anand Sharma Minister of Commerce and Industry

19. Shri C.P. Joshi Minister of Rural Development and Minister of Panchayati Raj

20. Kum. Selja Minister of Housing and Urban Poverty Alleviation and Minister of Tourism

21. Shri Subodh Kant Sahay Minister of Food Processing Industries

22. Dr. M.S. Gill Minister of Youth Affairs and Sports

23. Shri G.K. Vasan Minister of Shipping

24. Shri Pawan K. Bansal Minister of Parliamentary Affairs

25. Shri Mukul Wasnik Minister of Social Justice and Empowerment

26. Shri Kantilal Bhuria Minister of Tribal Affairs

27. Shri M.K. Alagiri Minister of Chemicals and Fertilizers

Ministers of state (Independent Charge)

1. Shri Praful Patel Minister of State (Independent Charge) of Ministry of Civil Aviation

2. Shri Prithviraj Chavan Minister of State (Independent Charge) of Ministry of Science and Technology; Minister of State (Independent Charge) of Ministry of Earth Sciences and Minister of State in the Prime Minister's Office; Minister of State in the Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions and Minister of State in the Ministry of Parliamentary Affairs

3. Shri Sriprakash Jaiswal Minister of State (Independent Charge) of the Ministry of Coal and Minister of State (Independent Charge) of the Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation

4. Shri Salman Khursheed Minister of State (Independent Charge) of the Ministry of Corporate Affairs and Minister of State (Independent Charge) of the Ministry of Minority Affairs

5. Shri Dinsha J. Patel Minister of State (Independent Charge) of the Ministry of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises

6. Smt. Krishna Tirath Minister of State (Independent Charge) of the Ministry of Women and Child Development

7. Shri Jairam Ramesh Minister of State (Independent Charge) of the Ministry of Environment and Forests

MINISTERS OF STATE

1. Shri Srikant Jena Minister of State in the Ministry of Chemicals and Fertilizers

2. Shri E. Ahamed Minister of State in the Ministry of Railways

3. Shri Mullappally Ramachandran Minister of State in the Ministry of Home Affairs

4. Shri V. Narayansamy Minister of State in the Ministry of Planning and Minister of State in the Ministry of Parliamentary Affairs

5. Shri Jyotiraditya Scindia Minister of State in the Ministry of Commerce and Industry

6. Smt. D.Purandeswari Minister of State in the Ministry of Human Resource Development

7. Shri K.H. Muniyappa Minister of State in the Ministry of Railways

8. Shri Ajay Maken Minister of State in the Ministry of Home Affairs

9. Smt. Panabaka Lakshmi Minister of State in the Ministry of Textiles

10. Shri Namo Narain Meena Minister of State in the Ministry of Finance

11. Shri M.M. Pallam Raju Minister of State in the Ministry of Defence

12. Shri Saugata Ray Minister of State in the Ministry of Urban Development

13. Shri S.S. Palanimanickam Minister of State in the Ministry of Finance

14. Shri Jitin Prasad Minister of State in the Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas

15. Shri A. Sai Prathap Minister of State in the Ministry of Steel

16. Smt. Preneet Kaur Minister of State in the Ministry of External Affairs

17. Shri Gurdas Kamat Minister of State in the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology

18. Shri Harish Rawat Minister of State in the Ministry of Labour and Employment

19. Prof. K.V. Thomas Minister of State in the Ministry of Agriculture and Minister of State in the Ministry of Consumer Affairs, Food & Public Distribution

20. Shri Bharatsinh Solanki Minister of State in the Ministry of Power

21. Shri Mahadev S. Khandela Minister of State in the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways

22. Shri Dinesh Trivedi Minister of State in the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare

23. Shri Sisir Adhikari Minister of State in the Ministry of Rural Development

24. Shri Sultan Ahmed Minister of State in the Ministry of Tourism

25. Shri Mukul Roy Minister of State in the Ministry of Shipping

26. Shri Mohan Jatua Minister of State in the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting

27. Shri D. Napoleon Minister of State in the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment

28. Dr. S. Jagathrakshakan Minister of State in the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting

29. Shri S. Gandhiselvan Minister of State in the Ministry of Health and

Family Welfare

30. Shri Tusharbhai Chaudhary Minister of State in the Ministry of Tribal Affairs

31. Shri Sachin Pilot Minister of State in the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology

32. Shri Arun Yadav Minister of State in the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports

33. Shri Pratik Prakashbapu Patil Minister of State in the Ministry of Heavy Industries and Public Enterprises

34. Shri R.P.N. Singh Minister of State in the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways

35. Shri Shashi Tharoor Minister of State in the Ministry of External Affairs

36. Shri Vincent Pala Minister of State in the Ministry of Water Resources

37. Shri Pradeep Jain Minister of State in the Ministry of Rural Development

38. Ms. Agatha Sangma Minister of State in the Ministry of Rural Development