UPA II Cabinet reshuffle sees 8 new faces

UPA Govt has finally done its much talked about cabinet reshuffle. PM Manmohan Singh has dropped 7 ministers, included 8 new faces and elevated the portfolios of three ministers.

Here’s the list of New team of Cabinet Ministers:

V Kishore Chandra Deo: Tribal Affairs and Panchayati Raj

Beni Prasad Verma: Steel

Dinesh Trivedi: Railways

Jairam Ramesh: Rural Development

Srikant Jena: Statistics and Programme Implementation and Minister of State in the Ministry of Chemicals and Fertilisers

Jayanthi Natarajan: Environment and Forests

Paban Singh Ghatowar: Development of North Eastern Region

Gurudas Kamat: Drinking Water and Sanitation.

Sudip Bandopadhyaya: Health and Family Welfare

Charan Das Mahant: Agriculture and Food Processing Industries

Jitendra Singh: Home Affairs

Milind Deora: Communications and Information Technology

Rajiv Shukla: Parliamentary Affairs

Vilasrao Deshmukh: Science and Technology and Earth Sciences

M Veerappa Moily: Corporate Affairs

Anand Sharma: Commerce and Industry; and additional charge of Textiles

P K Bansal: Parliamentary Affairs and additional charge of Water Resources

Salman Khursheed: Law and Justice and additional charge of Minority Affairs

E Ahamed: External Affairs and Human Resource Development

V Narayanasamy: Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions; and Prime Ministers Office

Harish Rawat: Agriculture and Food Processing Industries; and Parliamentary Affairs

Mukul Roy: Shipping

Ashwani Kumar: Planning; Science and Technology and Earth Sciences

Inclusion of Beni Prasad Verma is being seen as an attempt by Congress to gather votes for Uttar Pradesh elections scheduled in 2012. Removal of Jairam Ramesh from environment ministry may let Lavasa hill city project owners heave a sigh of relief.

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