Manmohan Singh ki Team India -
Complete list of Cabinet ministers and portfolios
This is a list of current members of the Union Cabinet of the Government of India. All ministers are based in offices of their respective Union Ministries in New Delhi.
There are three categories of ministers, in descending order of rank:
- Union Cabinet Minister: Senior minister in-charge of a ministry. ACabinet minister may also hold additional charges of other Ministries, where no other Cabinet minister is appointed
- Minister of State (Independent Charge): With no overseeing Union Cabinet Minister for that portfolio
- Minister of State (MoS): Junior minister with an overseeing Cabinet Minister, usually tasked with a specific responsibility in that ministry. For instance, an MoS in the Finance Ministry may only handle Taxation
Prime minister Manmohan Singh's attempt to project a younger profile of his government is reflected in the council of ministers sworn in.
Some of the highlights of the council of ministers:
- The average age of the 33 Cabinet colleagues has come down to 63 years as against 66 years just a year ago.
- The average age of the seven ministers of state with independent charge is around 59 years and that of the 38 ministers of state is 53 years.
- Foreign minister S M Krishna and the PM himself are among the oldest in the Cabinet at 77 and 76, respectively. Agatha Sangma, daughter of former Speaker and NCP leader PA Sangma, is the youngest member of the council of ministers, being just 28 years old.
- There are 10 septuagenarians in the ministry and almost an equal number approaching 70. While five of the ministers are in their 30s and a dozen in their 40s, most of the ministers are in the age group of 50-60.
- The seven ministers of state with independent charge with Dinsha Patel, Sriprakash Jaiswal and Prithviraj Chauhan in their 60s have actually pushed the average of the group to 59 years as against 55 years in the previous government.
- Early last year, Singh had expanded his ministry inducting "young blood" into the government. Then, the average age of his council of ministers had fallen by 3/4th of a year to 60 years. The average age of the ministry now stands at 57 years.
- In the last ministry, the youthful faces included 37-year-old Jyotiraditya Scindia and 34-year-old Jitin Prasada. This time, however, there are many more additions with 28-year-old Agatha Sangma leading the younger brigade. Sachin Pilot (31), Arvind Yadav (35) and Prateek P Patil (36) are the other new additions. But only six of the 79 members of the council of ministers are below 40.
Union council of ministers
Manmohan Singh: Prime Minister
Pranab Mukherjee: Finance
Sharad Pawar:Agriculture, Food and Civil Supplies, Consumer Affairs and Public Distribution
A K Antony: Defence
P. Chidambaram: Home Affairs
Mamata Banerjee: Railways
S M Krishna: External Affairs
Ghulam Nabi Azad: Health and Family Welfare
Kapil Sibal: Human Resource Development
Veerappa Moily: Law and Justice
Ambika Soni: Information and Broadcasting
Anand Sharma: Commerce and Industry
S Jaipal Reddy: Urban Development
Murli Deora: Petroleum and Natural Gas
Kumari Selja: Housing, Urban and Poverty Alleviation, Tourism
Sushil Kumar Shinde: Power
Vilasrao Deshmukh: Heavy Industries and Public Enterprises.
Kamal Nath: Surface Transport and Highways
Virbhadra Singh: Steel
A Raja: IT and Communication
Dayanidhi Maran: Textiles
Meira Kumar: Water Resources
C P Joshi: Rural Development and Panchayati Raj
M S Gill: Youth Affairs and Sports
M Azhagiri: Chemicals and Fertilizers
Mallikarjun Kharge: Labour and Employment
Farooq Abdullah: New and Renewable Energy.
Subodh Kant Sahay: Food Processing Industries
G K Vasan: Shipping
Pawan Kumar Bansal: Parliamentary Affairs
Vyalar Ravi: Overseas Indian Affairs
B K Handique: Mines, Development of North-Eastern Region
Mukul Wasnik: Social Justice and Empowerment
Kantilal Bhuria: Tribal Affairs
MINISTERS OF STATE (INDEPENDENT CHARGE)
Praful Patel: Civil Aviation
Prithviraj Chavan: Science and Technology; Earth Sciences and MoS in the PMO; Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions and Parliamentary Affairs.
Sriprakash Jaiswal: Coal; Statistics and Programme Implementation
Salman Khursheed: Corporate Affairs; Minority Affairs
Dinsha J Patel: Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises
Krishna Tirath: Women and Child Development
Jairam Ramesh: Environment and Forests
MINISTERS OF STATE
Mahadev S Khandela: Road Transport and Highways
Dinesh Trivedi: Health and Family Welfare
Sisir Adhikari: Rural Development
Sultan Ahmed: Tourism
Mukul Roy: Shipping
Mohan Jatua: Information and Broadcasting
D Napoleon: Social Justice and Empowerment
Dr S Jagathrakshakan: Information and Broadcasting
S Gandhiselvan: Health and Family Welfare
Tusharbhai Chaudhary: Tribal Affairs
Sachin Pilot: Communications and IT
Arun Yadav: Youth Affairs and Sports
Pratik Patil: Heavy Industries and Public Enterprises
R P N Singh: Road Transport and Highways
Shashi Tharoor: External Affairs
Vincent Pala: Water Resources
Pradeep Jain: Rural Development
Agatha Sangma: Rural Development
Ajay Maken: Home Affairs
Jitin Prasada:Petroleum and Natural Gas
E. Ahamed: Railways
Srikant Jena: Chemicals and Fertilizers
Mullappally Ramachandran: Home Affairs
V Narayansamy: Planning, Parliamentary Affairs
Jyotiraditya Scindia: Commerce and Industry
D Purandeswari: Human Resource Development
K H Muniyappa: Railways
Panabaka Lakshmi: Textiles
Namo Narain Meena: Finance
M M. Pallam Raju: Defence
Saugata Ray: Urban Development
SS Palanimanickam: Finance
A Sai Prathap; Steel
Preneet Kaur: External Affairs
Gurudas Kamath: IT and Communications
Harish Rawat: Labour and Employment
K V Thomas: Agriculture, Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution