PM reshuffles Cabinet, Pranab Mukherjee is new Indian Foreign minister

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Tuesday, October 24, 2006

Pranab Mukherjee was appointed the External Affairs Minister while veteran Congressman A K Antony took his place as Defence Minister in a minor expansion-cum-reshuffle of his 29-month-old government by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.

Kannada actor-turned-politician M H Ambareesh made his debut in the Union Ministry as Minister of State for Information and Broadcasting.

Jay Prakash Narayan Yadav, an RJD leader and a protege of Railway Minister Lalu Prasad, who had to resign last year following allegations of influencing the police in a case of electoral malpractices against his brother, returned to the government, again as Minister of State for Water Resources.

Oscar Fernandes took over Ministry of Labour.

Cabinet Ministers

  • Raghuvansh Prasad Singh: Rural Development
  • Priyaranjan Dashmunsi : Information & Broadcasting and Parliamentary Affairs
  • Mani Shankar Aiyar : Development of North Eastern Region, Panchayati Raj, Youth Affairs and Sports
  • Meira Kumar : Social Justice & Empowerment
  • A Raja : Environment & Forests
  • Dayanidhi Maran : Communication & Information Technology
  • Anbumani Ramdoss : Health & Family Welfare
  • Sis Ram Ola : Mines
  • Murli Deora : Petroleum and Natural Gas
  • Sushil Kumar Shinde : Power
  • A R Antulay : Minority Affairs
  • Vayalar Ravi : Overseas Indian Affairs
  • Ambika Soni : Tourism and Culture
  • Saifuddin Soz : Water Resources
  • Shibu Soren : Coal
  • Santosh Mohan Dev : Heavy Industries and Public Enterprises
  • P C Gupta : Company Affairs
  • Kapil Sibal : Science & Technology and Ocean Development Ministers of State (Independent Charge)
  • Renuka Choudhury : Women and Child Development
  • Subodh Kant Sahay : Food Processing Industries
  • Vilas Muttemwar : Non-Conventional Energy Sources
  • Kumari Selja : Urban Employment & Poverty Alleviation.
  • Praful Patel : Civil Aviation
  • G K Vasan : Statistics and Programme Implementation
  • Oscar Fernandes : Labour & Employment Ministers of State
  • E Ahamed : External Affairs
  • Suresh Pachauri : Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions and Parliamentary Affairs
  • B K Handique : Chemical and Fertilisers; Parliamentary Affairs
  • Panabaka Lakshmi : Health & Family Welfare
  • Dasari Narayan Rao : Coal & Mines
  • Shaqeel Ahmed : Communications & Information Technology
  • Rao Inderjit Singh : Defence
  • Naranbhai Rathwa : Railways
  • K H Muniappa : Road Transport & Highways
  • M V Rajashekharan : Planning
  • Kantilal Bhuria : Agriculture, Consumer Affairs, Food & Public Distribution
  • Manik Rao Gavit : Home Affairs
  • Sri Prakash Jaiswal: Home Affairs
  • Prithviraj Chavan : Prime Minister's Office
  • Taslimuddin : Agriculture, Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution.
  • Suryakanta Patil : Rural Development & Parliamentary Affairs
  • Md. Ali Ashraf Fatmi : Human Resource Development
  • R Velu : Railways
  • S S Palanimanikkam : Finance
  • S Regupathy : Home Affairs
  • K Venkatapathy : Law & Justice
  • Subbulakshmi Jagadeesan : Social Justice & Empowerment
  • E V K Elangovan : Textiles
  • Kanti Singh : Heavy Industries
  • Namo Narayan Meena : Environment & Forests
  • Akhilesh Singh : Agriculture, Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution
  • Pawan Kumar Bansal : Finance
  • Anand Sharma : External Affairs
  • Ajay Maken : Urban Development
  • M M Pallam Raju : Defence
  • Akhilesh Das : Steel
  • Chandrasekhar Sahu : Rural Development
  • Ashwani Kumar : Industries
  • D Purandareshwari : Human Resource Development
  • Dinshaw Patel : Petroleum & Natural Gas
  • T Subbirami Reddy : Mines
  • Jairam Ramesh : Commerce
  • Jai Prakash Narayan Yadav: Water Resources
  • M H Ambareesh : Information and Broadcasting.

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