In a major reshuffle, the younger generation is given more representation. Focus on grooming young leadership.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday (July 7) congratulated all the new ministers inducted into the Union Council of Ministers and said the government would continue working to fulfill the aspirations of the people and build a strong and prosperous India.
"I congratulate all the colleagues who have taken an oath today and wish them the very best for their ministerial tenure. We will continue working to fulfill the aspirations of the people and build a strong and prosperous India," the Prime Minister wrote on the social media platform Twitter. He also shared a photo of the revamped Cabinet.
43 leaders took oath in the first Union Council of Ministers reshuffle and expansion after Prime Minister Modi returned to power for a second term in May 2019.
The swearing-in ceremony, which took place amid Covid-19 formalities at Rashtrapati Bhavan, comes just days before parliament's monsoon session, which will begin on July 19.
Some of the key figures inducted into the Union Cabinet include Jyotiraditya Scindia, Bhupender Yadav, Sarbananda Sonowal, and Pashupati Kumar Paras.
Seven women MPs took oath as union ministers in the expanded council of ministers.
They include Anupriya Patel, Shobha Karandlaje, Darshana Vikram Jardosh, Meenakshi Lekhi, Annapurna Devi, Pratima Bhoumik, and Bharati Pravin Pawar.
Meanwhile, seven Ministers of State (MoS) have been promoted as Union Cabinet Ministers.
Former MoS G Kishan Reddy, Kiren Rijiju, Anurag Thakur, Hardeep Singh Puri, Raj Kumar Singh, Parshottam Rupala, and Mansukh Mandaviya took the oath.