Union Council of Ministers

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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 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, attends and convene its meetings thus making him ex-officio Secretary to the Union 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 Lok Sabha (House of 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]

Source:[5][6]
Key

India cabinet ministers information-2014

Portfolio Minister Took office Left office Party
Prime Minister
Minister of 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   Sushma Swaraj 26 May 2014 Incumbent BJP  
Ministry of Overseas Indian Affairs   Sushma Swaraj 26 May 2014 7 Jan 2016 BJP This Ministry was merged with Ministry of External Affairs
Minister of Finance
Minister of Corporate Affairs
  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   Prakash Javadekar 26 May 2014 9 November 2014 BJP [7]
  Arun Jaitley 9 November 2014 5 July 2016 BJP  
  Venkaiah Naidu 5 July 2016 Incumbent BJP [8]
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
  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 5 July 2016 BJP  
  Ravi Shankar Prasad 5 July 2016 Incumbent BJP  
Minister of Electronics and Information Technology   Ravi Shankar Prasad 26 May 2014 Incumbent BJP  
Minister of Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation   Uma Bharati 26 May 2014 Incumbent BJP  
Minister of Minority Affairs   Najma A. Heptulla 26 May 2014 12 July 2016 BJP Currently Minister of state in charge[9]
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 [10]
  Birender Singh 9 November 2014 5 July 2016 BJP [11]
  Narendra Singh Tomar 5 July 2016 Incumbent BJP  
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 Parliamentary Affairs   Venkaiah Naidu 26 May 2014 5 July 2016 BJP  
  Ananth Kumar 5 July 2016 Incumbent BJP  
Minister of Chemicals and Fertilizers   Ananth Kumar 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 Steel   Narendra Singh Tomar 26 May 2014 5 July 2016 BJP  
  Chaudhary Birender Singh 5 July 2016 Incumbent BJP  
Minister of Labour and Employment   Narendra Singh Tomar 26 May 2014 9 November 2014 BJP Currently Minister of state in charge
Minister of Tribal Affairs   Jual Oram 26 May 2014 Incumbent BJP  
Minister of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare   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 5 July 2016 BJP  
  Prakash Javadekar 5 July 2016 Incumbent BJP [8]
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 [12]
Minister of Textiles   Smriti Irani 5 July 2016 Incumbent BJP  
Minister of Statistics and Programme Implementation   D. V. Sadananda Gowda 5 July 2016 Incumbent BJP  

Ministers of State[edit]

Note : *Indicates Minister of State having Independent charge

Bandaru Dattatreya Labour and Employment*
Anil Madhav Dave Environment, Forest and Climate Change*
Dharmendra Pradhan Petroleum and Natural Gas*
Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi Minority Affairs*
Bandaru Dattatreya Labour and Employment*
Faggan Singh Kulaste Health & Family Welfare
Babul Supriyo Heavy Industries & Public Enterprises
Ajay Tamta Textiles
Giriraj Singh Micro, Small & Medium Enterprises
Arjun Ram Meghwal Finance, Corporate Affairs
Hansraj Gangaram Ahir Home Affairs
Jasvantsinh Sumanbhai Bhabhor Tribal Affairs
Jayant Sinha Civil Aviation
Ramesh Chandappa Jigajinagi Drinking Water & Sanitation
Jitendra Singh Development of North Eastern Region*, Prime Minister's Office, Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions, Department of Atomic Energy, Department of Space
Subhash Bhamre Defence
Haribhai Parthibhai Chaudhary Micro, Small & Medium Enterprises
P P Choudhary Law & Justice, Electronics & Information Technology
Kiren Rijiju Home Affairs
Ramdas Athawale Social Justice & Empowerment
Krishan Pal Social Justice & Empowerment
Anupriya Patel Health & Family Welfare
Krishna Raj Women & Child Development
Nirmala Sitharaman Commerce and Industry*
Chhotu Ram Chaudhary Consumer Affairs, Food & Public Distribution
Mahesh Sharma Culture*, Tourism*
SS Ahluwalia Agriculture & Farmer Welfare, Parliamentary Affairs
Manoj Sinha Railways, Communications*
M. J. Akbar External Affairs
Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi Minority Affairs*, Parliamentary Affairs
Vijay Goel Youth Affairs and Sports*, Water Resources, River Development & Ganga Rejuvenation
Piyush Goyal Power*, Coal*, New and Renewable Energy*, Mines*
Rajen Gohain Railways
Pon Radhakrishnan Road Transport & Highways, Shipping
Parsottambhai Rupala Agriculture & Farmer Welfare, Panchayati Raj
Rajiv Pratap Rudy Skill Development & Entrepreneurship*
Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore Information & Broadcasting
Ram Kripal Yadav Rural Development
Rao Inderjit Singh Planning*, Urban Development Housing & Urban Poverty Alleviation
Sadhvi Niranjan Jyoti Food Processing Industries
Sanjeev Kumar Balyan Water Resources, River Development & Ganga Rejuvenation
Santosh Gangwar Finance
Shripad Yasso Naik AAYUSH*,
Sudarshan Bhagat Agriculture and Farmers Welfare
Upendra Kushwaha Human Resource Development
Vijay Kumar Singh External Affairs, Overseas Indian Affairs
Vijay Sampla Social Justice & Empowerment
Vishnu Deo Sai Steel
Y. S. Chowdary Science and Technology, Earth Science


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