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Cabinet reshuffle: All you need to know about nine new ministers

By Vikas
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After days of speculations and multiple rounds of meetings, nine new ministers were inducted into the Prime Minister Narendra Modi's cabinet on Sunday.

These nine were sworn-in by President Ram Nath Kovind at a function that began at 10:30 am at the Rashtrapati Bhawan today. Current members of the cabinet - Piyush Goyal, Nirmala Sitharaman, Dharmendra Pradhan and Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi - were given new responsibilities.

These are the nine new ministers who took oath on Sunday:

Raj Kumar Singh

Raj Kumar Singh

RK Singh is a Lok Sabha MP from Arrah, Bihar. Singh is a 1975 batch Bihar cadre Indian Administrative Service officer and former Home Secretary of India. He contested the election as a BJP candidate in Arrah, beating his nearest rival by a margin of over 135000 votes.

He is a Member of the Parliamentary Standing Committees on Health and Family Welfare, Personnel, Pensions and Public Grievances and Law & Justice.

(Image courtesy - PTI)

Hardeep Singh Puri

Hardeep Singh Puri

Hardeep Puri is a decorated former IFS officer of the 1974 batch, known for his experience and expertise in foreign policy and national security. He served as the Permanent Representative of India to the United Nations from 2009 to 2013.

He formerly served as Chairman of United Nations Security Council Counter-Terrorism Committee, Vice President of International Peace Institute and Secretary-General of Independent Commission on Multilateralism in New York.

(Image courtesy - PTI)

Satyapal Singh

Satyapal Singh

Satyapal Singh is a Lok Sabha MP from Baghpat, Uttar Pradesh. He is a Member of the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Home Affairs and Chairperson of the Joint Committee on Offices of Profit. He is a distinguished former IPS officer of the 1980 batch. He has served as police commissioner of Mumbai. He is also the first serving Police Commissioner of Mumbai to resign from his post.

Positions held during career with police:

  • Superintendent of Police, Gadchiroli district
  • Superintendent of Police, Nasik district
  • Superintendent of Police, Buldhana district
  • Inspector General of Police, Nagpur Range
  • Joint Commissioner of Police (Crime), Mumbai
  • Special Inspector General, Konkan Range
  • Police Commissioner, Nagpur
  • Police Commissioner, Pune
  • Additional Director General of Police (ADGP Establishment and Law & Order), Maharashtra
  • Police Commissioner, Mumbai
(Image courtesy - ANI/Twitter)
Alphons Kannanthanam

Alphons Kannanthanam

Alphons Kannanthanam is a distinguished former IAS officer of the 1979 batch, Kerala cadre. He is also a practicing advocate. He became famous as Delhi's Demolition Man when he was Commissioner of the Delhi Development Authority, having cleared DDA areas of encroachment removing around 15,000 illegal buildings. This got him listed in Time Magazine's list of 100 Young Global Leaders in 1994. Kannanthanam retired from the IAS, to get elected as an Independent Member of Legislative Assembly for Kanjirappally in Kerala from 2006 to 2011.

(Image courtesy - PTI)

Ashwini Kumar Choubey

Ashwini Kumar Choubey

Ashwini Kumar Choubey is a BJP Lok Sabha MP from Buxar, Bihar. He is a member of the Parliamentary Committee on Estimates and Standing Committee on Energy.He is also a Member of Central Silk Board.

After it was announced that he would be inducted into the cabinet, Choubey told news agency ANI, "PM Modi ne bharosa jataya hai uss par khare utarne ka prayaas karunga (The PM has shown faith in me and i will try my best to fulfil responsibilities entrusted to me)."

(Image courtesy - ANI/Twitter)

Anantkumar Hegde

Anantkumar Hegde

Anantkumar Hegde is a Lok Sabha MP from Uttara Kannada, Karnataka. He is a Member of the Parliamentary Standing Committee on External Affairs and Human Resource Development.

Gajendra Singh Shekhawat

Gajendra Singh Shekhawat

Gajendra Singh Shekhawat is a Lok Sabha MP from Jodhpur, Rajasthan. He is a Member of the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Finance and Chairperson of the Fellowship Committee. As a technology-savvy, progressive farmer; Gajendra Singh Shekhawat is a role model for the rural community. He has an MPhil & MA in Philosophy from Jai Narain Vyas University, Jodhpur.

"Want to thank PM that he trusted me with such a responsibility, it's a chance to work for country," he told ANI when asked about him being inducted into the cabinet.

(Image courtesy - ANI/Twitter)

Shiv Pratap Shukla

Shiv Pratap Shukla

Shiv Pratap Shukla is a Rajya Sabha MP from Uttar Pradesh. He is known for his work during his tenure as the Cabinet Minister in the state of Uttar Pradesh, when he initiated an Education for all scheme which tied together ten districts for the first time and for his efforts to reform conditions for prisoners, and various Rural Development Schemes.

(Image courtesy - PTI)

Virendra Kumar

Virendra Kumar

Virendra Kumar is a Lok Sabha MP from Tikamgah, Madhya Pradesh. He has had a distinguished career in Public Service as a 6 term Lok Sabha MP. Highly qualified academically, Virendra Kumar has an MA in Economics and a PhD in Child Labour.

"Have always fulfilled responsibilities the party leadership gave me. Thank PM, Amit Shah and senior leaders," he told ANI after his name was announced for the cabinet.

(Image courtesy - ANI/Twitter)

[Nirmala Sitharaman is the new Defence Minister]

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