Prime Minister Narendra Modi expanded Council of Ministers with 21 new faces

Prime Minister Narendra Modi in its first cabinet expansion added 21 more ministers to his government.

Created On: Nov 10, 2014 14:26 ISTModified On: Nov 10, 2014 16:53 IST

Narendra modiPrime Minister Narendra Modi on 9 November 2014 expanded his Council of Ministers and added 21 more ministers to his government. This is first expansion of cabinet for Prime Minister Narendra Modi led government, since it came into power on 26 May 2014.

The 21 new ministers include four Cabinet Ministers, three Minister of State (Independent Charge) and 14 Minister of State.

With this expansion, the total number of ministers under different ranks including the Prime Minister has gone up from previous 45 to 66 (see complete list of council of ministers). The expanded council of ministers was from two parties, 20 from BJP and one YS Chowdary was from TDP, Andhra Pradesh.

The President Pranab Mukherjee administered the oath of office and secrecy to the above twenty-one members of the Council of Ministers at a swearing-in ceremony held in the Rashtrapati Bhavan.

Names and allocation are as follows:

Cabinet Ministers



Allocated Cabinet

Manohar Parrikar

(Goa, BJP)

Defence Ministry

Suresh Prabhu

(Maharashtra, Shiv Sena) now inducted in BJP

Railways Ministry

Jagat Prakash Nadda

(Himachal Pradesh, BJP)

Health & Family Welfare Ministry

Chaudhary Birender Singh

(Haryana, BJP)

Rural Development, Panchayati Raj, Drinking Water and Sanitation Ministry

Minister of State (Independent Charge)



Allocated Cabinet

Bandaru Dattatreya

(Telangana, BJP)

Labour and Employment (Independent Charge)

Rajiv Pratap Rudy

(Bihar, BJP)

Skill Development & Entrepreneurship (Independent Charge), Parliamentary Affairs

Dr. Mahesh Sharma


(Uttar Pradesh, BJP)

Culture (Independent Charge), Tourism (Independent Charge), Civil Aviation

Minister of State



Allocated Cabinet

Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi


Uttar Pradesh, BJP

Minority Affairs, Parliamentary Affairs

Ram Kripal Yadav

Bihar, BJP

Drinking Water & Sanitation

Haribhai Parthibhai Chaudhary

Gujarat, BJP

Home Affairs

Sanwar Lal Jat

Rajasthan, BJP

Water Resources, River Development & Ganga Rejuvenation

Mohanbhai Kalyanjibhai Kundariya

Gujarat, BJP


Giriraj Singh

Bihar, BJP

Micro, Small & Medium Enterprises

Hansraj Gangaram Ahir


Maharashtra, BJP

Chemicals & Fertilizers

Prof. (Dr.) Ram Shankar Katheria

Uttar Pradesh, BJP

Human Resource Development

Y.S. Chowdary

Andhra Pradesh, TDP

Science and Technology, Earth Science

Jayant Sinha

Jharkhand, BJP


Col. Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore

Rajasthan, BJP

Information & Broadcasting

Babul Supriyo

West Bengal, BJP

Urban Development, Housing and Urban Poverty Alleviation

Sadhvi Niranjan Jyoti

Uttar Pradesh, BJP

Food Processing Industries

Vijay Sampla

Punjab, BJP

Social Justice & Empowerment

The expansion and reshuffle also saw few shifting. The siftings included
DV Sadananda Gowda – shifted from Railways to Law and Justice
Harsh Vardhan – shifted from Health to Science and Technology, Earth Sciences
Finance and Corporate Affairs Minister Arun Jaitley – was given Information and Broadcasting and he handed the Defence Ministry to former Goa CM Manohar Parrikar
Road Transport and Highways, Shipping Minister Nitin Gadkari – handed the Rural Development Panchayati Raj, Drinking Water and Sanitation to Birender Singh
Communications and Information Technology Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad – relieved of Law and Justice

Suresh Prabhu before inducted as the Union Railways Minister quit from Shiv Sena and joined the BJP.

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