First Modi ministry
|First Modi ministry|
|21st Ministry of the Republic of India|
|Date formed||26 May 2014|
|Date dissolved||30 May 2019|
|People and organisations|
|Head of state||Pranab Mukherjee (until 25 July 2017)|
Ram Nath Kovind (from 25 July 2017)
|Head of government||Narendra Modi|
|Status in legislature||Majority |
340 / 545 (62%)
|Opposition party||Indian National Congress|
|Legislature term(s)||5 years|
|Predecessor||Second Manmohan Singh ministry|
|Successor||Second Modi ministry|
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The 21st Ministry of the Republic of India is the Council of Ministers headed by Narendra Modi that was formed after the 2014 general election which was held in nine phases from 7 April to 12 May in 2014. The results of the election were announced on 16 May 2014 and this led to the formation of the 16th Lok Sabha. The Council assumed office from 27 May 2014.
The Council of Ministers consists of 9 female ministers, of whom 6 hold the rank of Cabinet minister. This is the highest number of female Cabinet ministers in any Indian government in history. The only other government to appoint more than 1 female Cabinet minister, was the first UPA government from 2004 to 2009, which had 3 female Cabinet Ministers.
The 2014 general election was held in nine phases from 7 April to 12 May, to constitute the 16th Lok Sabha. The results of the election were announced on 16 May 2014. On 20 May 2014, a meeting of the parliamentary party of BJP was organised at the Central Hall of the Parliament of India and Narendra Modi was elected as its leader. Subsequently, BJP president Rajnath Singh along with other leaders of the ally parties of NDA, met President Pranab Mukherjee at Rashtrapati Bhavan and handed over the support letter of 335 members of parliament and claimed for the government formation. Following this, Mukherjee invited Modi and under the powers vested on him under Constitution of India, appointed him as the Prime Minister of India and sought his advice for the names of the members of the council of ministers of his government. On 9 November 2014, there was an expansion and reshuffling in his cabinet and 21 new cabinet ministers were sworn in.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi appointed Nripendra Misra as his Principal Secretary and Ajit Doval as National Security Advisor (NSA) in his first week in office. He also appointed IAS officer A.K. Sharma and Indian Forest Service officer Bharat Lal as joint secretaries in the Prime Minister's Office (PMO). Both officers were part of Modi's government in Gujarat during his tenure as Chief Minister.
On 31 May 2014, Prime Minister Modi abolished all existing Group of Ministers (GoMs) and Empowered Group of Ministers (EGoMs). A statement from the PMO explained, "This would expedite the process of decision making and usher in greater accountability in the system. The Ministries and Departments will now process the issues pending before the EGoMs and GoMs and take appropriate decisions at the level of Ministries and Departments itself". The UPA-II government had set up 68 GoMs and 14 EGoMs during its tenure, of which 9 EGoMs and 21 GoMs were inherited by the new government. The move was described by the Indian media as being in alignment with Modi's policy of "minimum government, maximum governance". The Indian Express stated that the GoMs and EGoMs had become "a symbol and an instrument of policy paralysis during the previous UPA government". The Times of India described the new government's decision as "a move to restore the authority of the Union Cabinet in decision-making and ensure ministerial accountability".
Newly appointed cabinet minister Gopinath Munde, who was in charge of the Rural Development, Panchayati Raj, and Drinking Water and Sanitation portfolios, died in a car crash in Delhi on 3 June 2014. Cabinet minister Nitin Gadkari, who is in charge of Road Transport and Highways, and Shipping, was assigned to look after Munde's portfolios on 4 June.
On 10 June 2014, in another step to downsize the government, Modi abolished four Standing Committees of the Cabinet. He also decided to reconstitute five crucial Cabinet Committees. These included the Cabinet Committee on Security (CCS) that handles all high-level defence and security matters, the Appointments Committee of Cabinet (ACC) that recommends to the President all senior bureaucratic appointments and postings, the Cabinet Committee on Political Affairs (CCPA) which is a sort of small cabinet and the Cabinet Committee on Parliamentary Affairs.
The Prime Minister and the Council of Ministers submitted their resignation to President Ram Nath Kovind on 24 May 2019, after the completion of their 5-year term. The President accepted the resignations and requested the Council of Ministers to continue until the new government assumed office.
List of Council members
Council portfolios are as follows:
- (I/C) - (Independent Charge)
|Portfolio||Minister||Took office||Left office||Party||Remarks|
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||30 May 2019||BJP|
|Minister of External Affairs||Sushma Swaraj||26 May 2014||30 May 2019||BJP|
|Ministry of Overseas Indian Affairs||Sushma Swaraj||26 May 2014||7 January 2016||BJP||This Ministry was merged with Ministry of External Affairs|
|Minister of Finance|
Minister of Corporate Affairs
|Arun Jaitley||26 May 2014||14 May 2018||BJP|
|Piyush Goyal||14 May 2018||23 August 2018||BJP||This portfolio was assigned to Piyush Goyal because of Arun Jaitley's health issues.|
|Arun Jaitley||23 August 2018||30 May 2019||BJP|||
|Minister of Defence||Arun Jaitley||26 May 2014||9 November 2014||BJP|
|Manohar Parrikar||9 November 2014||13 March 2017||BJP|
|Arun Jaitley||13 March 2017||3 September 2017||BJP|
|Nirmala Sitharaman||3 September 2017||30 May 2019||BJP|
|Minister of Information and Broadcasting||Prakash Javadekar||26 May 2014||9 November 2014||BJP||Minister of state (I/C) was responsible|
|Arun Jaitley||9 November 2014||5 July 2016||BJP|
|Venkaiah Naidu||5 July 2016||17 July 2017||BJP|||
|Smriti Irani||18 July 2017||14 May 2018||BJP|
|Rajyavardhan Rathore||14 May 2018||Incumbent||BJP||Minister of state (I/C) was responsible|
|Minister of Railways||D. V. Sadananda Gowda||26 May 2014||9 November 2014||BJP|
|Suresh Prabhu||9 November 2014||3 September 2017||BJP|
|Piyush Goyal||3 September 2017||Incumbent||BJP|
|Minister of Rural Development|
Minister of Panchayati Raj
|Gopinath Munde||26 May 2014||3 June 2014[†]||BJP|
|Nitin Gadkari||4 June 2014||9 November 2014||BJP|||
|Chaudhary Birender Singh||9 November 2014||5 July 2016||BJP|||
|Narendra Singh Tomar||5 July 2016||Incumbent||BJP|
|Minister of Urban Development|
Minister of Housing and Urban Poverty Alleviation
|Venkaiah Naidu||26 May 2014||6 July 2017||BJP||The Ministry of Urban Development and Ministry of Housing and Urban Poverty Alleviation were merged into single Ministry viz. Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs|
|Minister of Housing and Urban Affairs||Venkaiah Naidu||6 July 2017||17 July 2017||BJP|
|Narendra Singh Tomar||18 July 2017||3 September 2017||BJP||Additional Charge|
|Hardeep Singh Puri||3 September 2017||Incumbent||BJP||Minister of state (I/C) was responsible|
|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 Communications and Information Technology||Ravi Shankar Prasad||26 May 2014||5 July 2016||BJP||Bifurcated as Ministry of Communications and Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology|
|Minister of Electronics and Information Technology||Ravi Shankar Prasad||5 July 2016||Incumbent||BJP|
|Minister of Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation||Uma Bharti||26 May 2014||3 September 2017||BJP|
|Nitin Gadkari||3 September 2017||Incumbent||BJP|
|Minister of Drinking Water and Sanitation||Gopinath Munde||26 May 2014||3 June 2014||BJP|
|Nitin Gadkari||4 June 2014||9 November 2014||BJP|
|Chaudhary Birender Singh||9 November 2014||5 July 2016||BJP|
|Narendra Singh Tomar||5 July 2016||3 September 2017||BJP|
|Uma Bharti||3 September 2017||Incumbent||BJP|
|Minister of Minority Affairs||Najma A. Heptulla||26 May 2014||12 July 2016||BJP|
|Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi||12 July 2016||3 September 2017||BJP||Minister of state (I/C) was responsible|
|Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi||3 September 2017||Incumbent||BJP|
|Minister of Mines||Narendra Singh Tomar||26 May 2014||5 July 2016||BJP|
|Piyush Goyal||6 July 2016||3 September 2017||BJP||Minister of state (I/C) was responsible|
|Narendra Singh Tomar||3 September 2017||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||3 September 2017||BJP|
|Giriraj Singh||3 September 2017||Incumbent||BJP||Minister of state (I/C) was responsible|
|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||12 November 2018||BJP|
|Narendra Singh Tomar||13 November 2018||Incumbent||BJP||Additional charge was given to Narendra Singh Tomar after Ananth Kumar died on 12 November 2018|
|Minister of Chemicals and Fertilizers||Ananth Kumar||26 May 2014||12 November 2018||BJP|
|D.V. Sadananda Gowda||13 November 2018||Incumbent||BJP||Additional charge was given to D. V. Sadananda Gowda after Ananth Kumar died on 12 November 2018|
|Minister of Civil Aviation||Pusapati Ashok Gajapathi Raju||26 May 2014||8 March 2018||TDP|||
|Suresh Prabhu||10 March 2018||Incumbent||BJP|||
|Minister of Heavy Industries and Public Enterprises||Anant Geete||26 May 2014||Incumbent||SHS|
|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|
|Bandaru Dattatreya||9 November 2014||3 September 2017||BJP||Minister of state (I/C) was responsible|
|Santosh Gangwar||3 September 2017||Incumbent||BJP||Minister of state (I/C) was responsible|
|Minister of Tribal Affairs||Jual Oram||26 May 2014||Incumbent||BJP|
|Minister of Agriculture||Radha Mohan Singh||26 May 2014||27 August 2015||BJP||Renamed As Agriculture and Farmers Welfare|
|Minister of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare||Radha Mohan Singh||27 August 2015||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|||
|Minister of Science and Technology||Jitendra Singh||26 May 2014||9 November 2014||BJP||Minister of state (I/C) was responsible|
|Harsh Vardhan||9 November 2014||Incumbent||BJP|
|Minister of Earth Sciences||Jitendra Singh||26 May 2014||9 November 2014||BJP||Minister of state (I/C) was responsible|
|Harsh Vardhan||9 November 2014||Incumbent||BJP|
|Minister Of Health and Family Welfare||Harsh Vardhan||26 May 2014||9 November 2014||BJP|
|Jagat Prakash Nadda||9 November 2014||Incumbent||BJP|||
|Minister of Textiles||Santosh Gangwar||26 May 2014||5 July 2016||BJP||Minister of state (I/C) was responsible|
|Smriti Irani||5 July 2016||Incumbent||BJP|
|Minister of Statistics and Programme Implementation||Rao Inderjit Singh||26 May 2014||9 November 2014||BJP||Minister of state (I/C) was responsible|
|V. K. Singh||9 November 2014||5 July 2016||BJP||Minister of state (I/C) was responsible|
|D. V. Sadananda Gowda||5 July 2016||Incumbent||BJP|
|Minister Of Commerce and Industry||Nirmala Sitharaman||26 May 2014||3 September 2017||BJP||Minister of state (I/C) was responsible|
|Suresh Prabhu||3 September 2017||Incumbent||BJP|
|Minister Of Coal||Piyush Goyal||26 May 2014||3 September 2017||BJP||Minister of state (I/C) was responsible|
|Piyush Goyal||3 September 2017||Incumbent||BJP|
|Minister Of Petroleum and Natural Gas||Dharmendra Pradhan||26 May 2014||3 September 2017||BJP||Minister of state (I/C) was responsible|
|Dharmendra Pradhan||3 September 2017||Incumbent||BJP|
|Minister of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship||Sarbananda Sonowal||26 May 2014||9 November 2014||BJP||Minister of state (I/C) was responsible|
|Rajiv Pratap Rudy||9 November 2014||3 September 2017||BJP||Minister of state (I/C) was responsible|
|Dharmendra Pradhan||3 September 2017||Incumbent||BJP|
|Minister of Environment, Forest and Climate Change||Prakash Javadekar||26 May 2014||5 July 2016||BJP||Minister of state (I/C) was responsible|
|Anil Madhav Dave||5 July 2016||18 May 2017||BJP||Minister of state (I/C) was responsible|
|Harsh Vardhan||18 May 2017||Incumbent||BJP||Additional charge was given to Harsh Vardhan after Anil Madhav Dave died on 18 May 2017|
Ministers of State (Independent Charge)
Ministers of State
Demographics of the Council of Ministers
NDA Cabinet by Party
|Party||# Cabinet Ministers||# Ministers of State (I/C)||# Ministers of State||Total number of ministers|
|Bharatiya Janata Party||23||11||32||66|
|Shiromani Akali Dal||1||0||0||1|
|Lok Janshakti Party||1||0||0||1|
|Republican Party of India (A)||0||0||1||1|
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- Council of Ministers of the Republic of India
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