The most talked-about and much-awaited Union Cabinet expansion led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, culminated on Wednesday, July 7 at Rashtrapati Bhawan. The oath swearing which began at 6 PM on Wednesday after the national anthem saw several new faces being inducted into the cabinet. Apart from PM Modi, the ceremony was graced by Lok Sabha speaker Om Birla, First Lady Savita Devi Kovind among others, as President Ram Nath Kovind was facilitating the swearing-in ceremony. Several leaders who are already serving as Union Ministers were also a part of the swearing-in ceremony. The ceremony was conducted in compliance with the COVID-19 protocols.
Union Ministers Harsh Vardhan, Santosh Gangwar, Thawar Chand Gehlot, Ramesh Nishank Pokhriyal, Sanjay Dhotre, Raosaheb Danve, Sadanand Gowda, Ashwini Choubey and Debasree Chaudhuri have been dropped. Union Ministers Anurag Thakur, G Kishan Reddy, Harsh Vardhan, Kiren Rijuju and Parshottam Rupala were elevated to Cabinet rank.
The new Council of Ministers has more representation in terms of caste, religion, region, and experience than several other governments in the past. 11 women Ministers (2 in Cabinet), 27 OBCs (5 in cabinet), 8 STs (3 in Cabinet), and 12 SC members (2 in cabinet) have been made a part of the new Council of Ministers. Moreover, 13 lawyers, 6 doctors, 5 engineers, 7 civil servants, and 4 former CMs have also been a made part of the new Council of Ministers.
Rajya Sabha MP Narayan Rane, who has earlier served as CM of Maharashtra was the first to take oath as minister in the revamped Modi cabinet. Second to take the oath was Sarbananda Sonowal, erstwhile CM of Assam and also former union minister for Sports and Youth Affairs (2014-2016), sworn in as cabinet minister in the revamped Modi cabinet.
Dr Virendra Kumar, Lok Sabha MP from Trikamgarh, was the third to take oath as a minister in the new cabinet. Followed by Jyotiraditya Scindia, former Congress leader who switched to BJP last year, due to which BJP came back to power in Madhya Pradesh.
Next in line was Rajya Sabha MP from Bihar and JD(U) National President, Ramchandra Prasad Singh, followed by Ashwini Vaishnaw, Rajya Sabha MP from Odisha. Vaishnaw is an IAS officer who has also done his MBA from the USA and MTech from IIT Kanpur. He has also held leadership roles in major global companies such as General Electric and Siemens. Pashupati Kumar Paras, brother and confidante of Late Union Minister Ram Vilas Paswan and the estranged uncle of LJP President Chirag Paswan. He is a Lok Sabha MP from Hajipur in Bihar.