Union Council of Ministers of India

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The Union Council of Ministers exercises executive authority in the Republic of India.[1] It consists of senior ministers, called "Cabinet Ministers", and junior ministers, called "Ministers of State". It is led by the Prime Minister. A smaller executive body, called the Union Cabinet (Hindi: भारत का केन्द्रीय मंत्रिमंडल), is the supreme decision-making body in India.[2] Only the Prime Minister and ministers of the rank of "Cabinet Minister" are members of the Cabinet. The most senior civil servant in India, called the Cabinet Secretary, leads the Cabinet Secretariat, and provides administrative assistance to the Council of Ministers.[3] Ministers of State are tasked with assisting Cabinet Ministers in their work.[4]

Regulations[edit]

As a collective, the Council of Ministers is responsible to the lower house of the Indian Parliament, called the House of the People.[1] According to the Constitution of India, the total number of ministers in the Council of Ministers must not exceed 15% of the total number of members of the House of the People. Ministers must be members of parliament. Any minister who is not a member of either the lower or upper houses of parliament for six consecutive months is automatically stripped of his or her ministerial post.[1]

Ranking[edit]

There are three categories of ministers, in descending order of rank:

  • Cabinet Minister: member of cabinet; leads a ministry
  • Minister of State (Independent Charges): junior minister not reporting to a cabinet minister
  • Minister of State (MoS): junior minister reporting to a cabinet minister, usually tasked with a specific responsibility in that ministry

Current ministry[edit]

As a collective, each successive Council of Ministers is referred to as a ministry. The current ministry is led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who took office on 26 May 2014.

Cabinet Ministers[edit]

Key
  • Died in office
  • RES Resigned
Portfolio Minister Took office Left office Party
Prime Minister
Minister for Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions
Department of Atomic Energy
Department of Space
All important policy issues and all other portfolios not allocated to any Minister.
  Narendra Modi 26 May 2014 Incumbent BJP
Minister of Home Affairs   Rajnath Singh 26 May 2014 Incumbent BJP
Minister of External Affairs
Minister of Overseas Indian Affairs
  Sushma Swaraj 26 May 2014 Incumbent BJP
Minister of Finance   Arun Jaitley 26 May 2014 Incumbent BJP
Minister of Defence   Arun Jaitley 26 May 2014 9 November 2014 BJP
  Manohar Parrikar 9 November 2014 Incumbent BJP
Minister of Information and Broadcasting   Arun Jaitley 9 November 2014 Incumbent BJP
Minister of Railways   D. V. Sadananda Gowda 26 May 2014 9 November 2014 BJP
  Suresh Prabhu 9 November 2014 Incumbent BJP
Minister of Urban Development
Minister of Housing and Urban Poverty Alleviation
Minister of Parliamentary Affairs
  M. Venkaiah Naidu 26 May 2014 Incumbent BJP
Minister of Road Transport and Highways
Minister of Shipping
  Nitin Gadkari 26 May 2014 Incumbent BJP
Minister of Law and Justice   Ravi Shankar Prasad 26 May 2014 9 November 2014 BJP
  D.V. Sadananda Gowda 9 November 2014 Incumbent BJP
Minister of Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation   Uma Bharati 26 May 2014 Incumbent BJP
Minister of Minority Affairs   Najma Heptulla 26 May 2014 Incumbent BJP
Minister of Rural Development
Minister of Panchayati Raj
Minister of Drinking Water and Sanitation
  Gopinath Munde 26 May 2014 3 June 2014[†] BJP
  Nitin Gadkari 4 June 2014 9 November 2014 BJP [5]
  Birender Singh 9 November 2014 Incumbent BJP [6]
Minister of Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution   Ram Vilas Paswan 26 May 2014 Incumbent LJP
Minister of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises   Kalraj Mishra 26 May 2014 Incumbent BJP
Minister of Women and Child Development   Maneka Gandhi 26 May 2014 Incumbent BJP
Minister of Chemicals and Fertilizers   Ananth Kumar 26 May 2014 Incumbent BJP
Minister of Communications and Information Technology   Ravi Shankar Prasad 26 May 2014 Incumbent BJP
Minister of Civil Aviation   Ashok Gajapathi Raju Pusapati 26 May 2014 Incumbent TDP
Minister of Heavy Industries and Public Enterprises   Anant Geete 26 May 2014 Incumbent Shiv Sena
Minister of Food Processing Industries   Harsimrat Kaur Badal 26 May 2014 Incumbent SAD
Minister of Mines
Minister of Steel
  Narendra Singh Tomar 26 May 2014 Incumbent BJP
Minister of Labour and Employment   Narendra Singh Tomar 26 May 2014 9 November 2014 BJP
  Bandaru Dattatreya 9 November 2014 Incumbent BJP
Minister of Tribal Affairs   Jual Oram 26 May 2014 Incumbent BJP
Minister of Agriculture   Radha Mohan Singh 26 May 2014 Incumbent BJP
Minister of Social Justice and Empowerment   Thawar Chand Gehlot 26 May 2014 Incumbent BJP
Minister of Human Resource Development   Smriti Irani 26 May 2014 Incumbent BJP
Minister of Science and Technology   Harsh Vardhan 9 November 2014 Incumbent BJP
Minister Of Health and Family Welfare   Harsh Vardhan 4 June 2014 9 November 2014 BJP
  Jagat Prakash Nadda 9 November 2014 Incumbent BJP [7]

Ministers of State[edit]

Bandaru Dattatreya Labour and Employment*
Dharmendra Pradhan Petroleum and Natural Gas*
G. M. Siddeshwara Heavy Industries & Public Enterprises
Giriraj Singh Micro, Small & Medium Enterprises
Hansraj Gangaram Ahir Chemicals & Fertilizers
Haribhai Parthibhai Chaudhary
Jayant Sinha Finance
Jitendra Singh Development of North Eastern Region*, Prime Minister's Office, Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions, Department of Atomic Energy, Department of Space
Kiren Rijiju Home Affairs
Krishan Pal Social Justice & Empowerment
Nihalchand Panchayati Raj
Nirmala Sitharaman Commerce and Industry*
Mahesh Sharma Culture*, Tourism*, Civil Aviation
Manoj Sinha Railway
Mansukhbhai Dhanjibhai Vasava Tribal Affairs
Mohanbhai Kalyanjibhai Kundariya Agriculture
Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi Minority Affairs, Parliamentary Affairs
Prakash Javadekar Environment, Forest and Climate Change*
Piyush Goyal Power*, Coal*, New and Renewable Energy*
Pon Radhakrishnan Road Transport & Highways, Shipping
Rajiv Pratap Rudy Skill Development & Entrepreneurship*, Parliamentary Affairs
Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore Information & Broadcasting
Ram Kripal Yadav Drinking Water & Sanitation
Ram Shankar Katheria Human Resource Development
Rao Inderjit Singh Planning*, Defence
Raosaheb Dadarao Danve Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution
Sadhvi Niranjan Jyoti Food Processing Industries
Sanjeev Kumar Balyan Agriculture
Santosh Gangwar Textiles*
Sanwar Lal Jat Water Resources, River Development & Ganga Rejuvenation
Sarbananda Sonowal Youth Affairs and Sports*
Shripad Yasso Naik AAYUSH*, Health & Family Welfare
Sudarshan Bhagat Rural Development
Babul Supriyo Urban Development, Housing and Urban Poverty Alleviation
Upendra Kushwaha Human Resource Development
Vijay Kumar Singh Statistics and Programme Implementation*, External Affairs, Overseas Indian Affairs
Vijay Sampla Social Justice & Empowerment
Vishnu Deo Sai Mines, Steel
Y. S. Chowdary Science and Technology, Earth Science


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