Cabinet Expansion: 19 Inducted, 5 Resign [ Current Affairs ]
Nineteen new Ministers of State (MoS) were inducted in the Union Council of Ministers in a major expansion. These new ministers were administered oath of office and secrecy by President Pranab Mukherjee at Rashtrapati Bhavan.
- Prime Minister Narendra Modi has expanded his council of ministers by elevating Minister of State for Environment Prakash Javadekar in the cabinet.
- This was the second expansion of the NDA government led by PM Narendra Modi of the 19 new ministers, 17 are from the BJP, one each from Apna Dal and RPI.
The Ministers of State inducted are:
- 19 new ministers, 17 are from the BJP, and two others name Dr Mahendra Nath Pandey and Parshottam Rupala.
- The highest number of Ministers has come from Rajasthan. While Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat and Uttar Pradesh have been given three Ministers each, two have come from Maharashtra and one each from Assam, West Bengal and Karnataka.
- There are two women in the total 19 inductees.
Resignation of Ministers of State:
- Five Ministers of State were dropped. The five Ministers of State, who submitted their resignations to the President, are:
- Sanwar Lal Jat (Water Resources)
- Nihalchand (Panchayati Raj)
- Ram Shankar Katheria (Human Resources)
- Mansukh Bhai Vasava (Tribal Affairs)
- Mohanbhai Kundaria (Agriculture)
- Their resignations were accepted by President Pranab Mukherjee. With the induction of the 19 and the dropping of the five ministers, the strength of the Prime Minister’s Council of Ministers, including himself, now stands at 78.
Important Points to be Note:
- The council of Minister can have a maximum of 82 members.
- The new induction Prime Minister’s Council of Ministers, including himself, now stands at 78.
- This is the second cabinet expansion of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
- The induction of 19 MoS, total number of Ministers in the Union Council has gone up to 83, exceeding the constitutional cap of 82.
- As per provisions of Article 75, the total number cannot exceed 82 i. e. 15 % of the total number of members of Lok Sabha.
- In the 91st Constitutional Amendment Act, 2003. This provision of legal cap for total number of Ministers in the Union Council was added.
- Published on: July 6, 2016