Highlights of PM Modi’s reshuffle of the cabinet

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Recently, prime minister Mr. Narendra Modi took the big decision to reshuffle the cabinet, dropping out 12 ministers from the cabinet. Six cabinet ministers and six ministers of state (MoS) including one with independent responsibility were let go following the reshuffle of the cabinet.

Even though a reshuffle was anticipated for quite some time, what Minister Narendra Modi did, surprised everyone as he asked numerous of his heavyweight ministers to leave instead of being promoted.

However, the ministers were not informed of their dismissal by the PMO. In fact, party president JP Nadda didn’t get an exit call. In addition, the PMO did not call the new entrants. According to sources, the good news came from party general secretary B.L. Santhosh.

On the day of Nadda’s return from his trip to Himachal Pradesh, Prime Minister Narendra Modi shared the list of dismissed ministers along with him. The BJP president then met with Amit Shah and Santhosh, the Home Ministers, and personally informed the 12 ministers that they must resign.

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Modi named Mansukh Laxman Mandaviya as the country’s new health minister just hours after Harsh Vardhan and his deputy resigned from their designated positions. Official sources claim Vardhan has paid the political price for the government’s inability to deal with the second wave of coronavirus.

PM Modi’s big decision to reshuffle the cabinet dismissed the minister of health, education, information technology, law, environment, and broadcasting. Cabinet ministers Sarbananda Sonowal, Jyotiraditya Scindia, Narayan Rane, Bhupender Yadav, and Ashwini Vaishnav were sworn in as replacements. On a day when resignations outnumbered new ministers, the departures of IT and Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad, Health Minister Harsh Vardhan, and Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar stood out.

Harsh Vardhan’s dismissal comes after months of tussle against the second wave of the Covid outbreak. It exposed the country’s awful health infrastructure and how it was unable to handle a pandemic situation. Cities ran out of oxygen, dead floating through rivers and burning pyres at crematoriums became defining images of an unprecedented national disaster.

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Prakash Javadekar, the ministers of information and broadcasting (I&B) and environment and forest, also resigned unexpectedly. His performance at the I&B and environment ministries, however, was not up to mark. In the education ministry, both cabinet minister Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank and his deputy Sanjay Shamrao Dhotre were fired.

According to the sources, Nishank was unable to quickly correct “distortions” in the National Council of Educational Research and Training’s history curriculum (NCERT). The fourth ministry, which saw both the cabinet minister (Thaawar Chand Gehlot) and the minister of state (Rattan Lal Kataria) transfer, is social justice and empowerment.

Sadananda Gowda is one of the ministers who has been demoted the most during the Modi administration’s seven years in power. In the reshuffle of the cabinet, Santosh Kumar Gangwar was removed as the Labour and Employment Ministry’s MoS (independent charge).