Narendra Modi took oath as 15th Prime Minister of India

May 27, 2014 12:33 IST

Narendra Damodardas ModiNarendra Damodardas Modi was sworn-in as the 15th Prime Minister of India on 26 May 2014. Along with him, 45-member Council of Ministers that includes 23 Ministers with Cabinet rank, 10 Ministers of State with independent charges and 12 Ministers of State also took oath of their offices. Oath to the office and secrecy was administered by the President Pranab Mukherjee in the forecourt of Rashtrapati Bhawan. The Prime Minister and his Council of Ministers were appointed in term of Article 75 of the Constitution of India.

With this swearing-in, 63-year-old Modi became the first Prime Minister of India who was born in independent India i.e. post 15 August 1947. Of the 45 ministers 43 are also those who were born in independent India except two. The oldest is Najma Heptulla (74) and the youngest is Smriti Irani (38). This is the first time in three-decades that any party has emerged as the winner in elections with absolute majority.

Besides, this is the first time that, 25% of the Cabinet post has been allocated to women. Out of 23 Cabinet post, 6 has been allocated to women. These 6 women are: Sushma Swaraj (first woman to be External Affairs Minister); Uma Bharti; Dr. Najma A Heptullah; Maneka Gandhi; Smriti Zubin Irani; and Harsimrat Kaur Badal.

The sworn-in ceremony of Modi and his cabinet was attended by a strong gathering of 3000 people that included the heads of SAARC nations, cinema and religion, industry and politics. The representative from SAARC nations included
• Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif of Pakistan
• Prime Minister Sushil Koirala of Nepal
• Prime Minister Navin Ramgoolam of Mauritius
• Prime Minister Tshering Tobgay of Bhutan
• President Abdulla Yameen of Maldives
• President Hamid Karzai of Afghanistan
• President Mahinda Rajapaksa of Sri Lanka

• Speaker of the Bangladesh National Parliament, Dr. Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury

Prime Minister Portfolio held
Narendra Damodardas Modi Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions
Department of Atomic Energy Department of Space
All important policy issues and all other portfolios not allocated to any Minister

The 23 Cabinet Ministers to take oath were

Name of Ministers

Ministries Allotted

Rajnath Singh

Home Minster

Sushma Swaraj

External Affairs & Overseas Indian Affairs

Arun Jaitley                  

Finance Corporate Affairs & Defence

M. Venkaiah Naidu

Urban Development Housing and Urban Poverty Alleviation & Parliamentary Affairs

Nitin Jairam Gadkari

Road Transport and Highways Shipping

D.V. Sadananda Gowda

Railways

Uma Bharati

Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation

Dr. Najma A. Heptulla

Minority Affairs

Gopinathrao Munde

Rural Development, Panchayati Raj & Drinking Water and Sanitation

Ramvilas Paswan (of LJP)

Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution

Kalraj Mishra

Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises

Maneka Gandhi

Women and Child Development

Ananthkumar

Chemicals and Fertilizers

Ravi Shankar Prasad

Communications and Information Technology & Law and Justice

Ashok Gajapathi Raju (of TDP)

Civil Aviation

Anant Geete (of Shiv Sena)

Heavy Industries and Public Enterprises

Harsimrat Kaur Badal (of Akali Dal)

Food Processing Industries

Narendra Singh Tomar

Mines & Steel Labour and Employment

Jual Oram

Tribal Affairs

Radha Mohan Singh

Agriculture

Thaawar Chand Gehlot

Social Justice and Empowerment

Smriti Zubin Irani

Human Resource Development

Dr. Harsh Vardhan

Health and Family Welfare

Ten people who were inducted into the ministry as Ministers of State with Independent Charge

Name of Ministers

Ministries Allotted

General (Retd.) V K Singh

Development of North Eastern Region (Independent Charge) & External Affairs Overseas Indian Affairs

Santosh Kumar Gangwar

Textiles (Independent Charge), Parliamentary Affairs Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation

Sripad Yesso Naik

Culture (Independent Charge) & Tourism (Independent Charge)

Inderjit Singh Rao

Planning (Independent Charge), Statistics and Programme Implementation (Independent Charge) & Defence

Dharmendra Pradhan

Petroleum and Natural Gas (Independent Charge)

Sarvanand Sonwal

Skill Development, Entrepreneurship, Youth Affairs and Sports (Independent Charge)

Prakash Javadekar

Information and Broadcasting (Independent Charge), Environment, Forest and Climate Change (Independent Charge) & Parliamentary Affairs

Piyush Goel

Power (Independent Charge), Coal (Independent Charge) & New and Renewable Energy (Independent Charge)

Dr. Jitendra Singh

Science and Technology (Independent Charge), Earth Sciences (Independent Charge), Prime Minister Office Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions Department of Atomic Energy Department of Space

Nirmala Sitharaman

Commerce and Industry (Independent Charge), Finance Corporate Affairs

The twelve Ministers of State to take oath are

Name of Ministers

Ministries Allotted

G M Sidheswara

Civil Aviation

Raosaheb Danve

Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution

Vishnu Deo Sai

Mines, Steel & Labour and Employment

Manoj Sinha

Railways

Upendra Kushwaha

Rural Development, Panchayati Raj & Drinking Water and Sanitation

Radhakrishan P

Heavy Industries and Public Enterprises

Kiren Rijiju

Home Affairs

Krishna Pal

Road Transport and Highways Shipping

Dr. Sanjeev Kumar Baliyan

Agriculture & Food Processing Industries

Mansukhbhai Dhanjibhai Vasava

Tribal Affairs

 

Sudarshan Bhagat

Social Justice and Empowerment

Nihal Chand

Chemicals and Fertilizers

Article 75 of the Constitution of India

• The Article 75 (1) says that the Prime Minister shall be appointed by the President and the other Ministers shall be appointed by the President on the advice of the Prime Minister.
• Article 75 (1A) says that the total number of Ministers, including the Prime Minister, in the Council of Ministers shall not exceed 15% of the total number of members of the House of the People. (This Clause was added by the 91st Amendment Act, 2003).
• Article 75 (1B) says that a member of either House of Parliament belonging to any political party who is disqualified for being a member of that House under paragraph 2 of the Tenth Schedule (added by 52nd Amendment Act, 1985) shall also be disqualified to be appointed as a Minister under clause (1) of the Article 75. The member will be disqualified for duration of the period commencing from the date of his disqualification till the date on which the term of his office would expire or where he contests any election to either House of Parliament before the expiry of such period, till the date on which he is declared elected, whichever is earlier. (This Clause was also added by the 91st Amendment Act, 2003).
• Article 75 (2) says that the Ministers shall hold office during the pleasure of the President
• Article 75(3) says that the Council of Ministers shall be collectively responsible to the House of the People.
• Article 75(4) says that before a Minister enters upon his office, the President shall administer to him the oaths of office and of secrecy according to the forms set out for the purpose in the Third Schedule.
• Article 75(5) A Minister who for any period of six consecutive months is not a member of either House of Parliament shall at the expiration of that period cease to be a Minister.
• Article 75(6) the salaries and allowances of Ministers shall be such as Parliament may from time to time by law determine and, until Parliament so determines, shall be as specified in the Second Schedule.

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