Modi's swearing-in ceremony was attended by several leaders of countries in the region, including Pakistan’s Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, outgoing Afghan President Hamid Karzai and Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa. Narendra Modi's cabinet, which is smaller and leaner has people close to the prime minister holding key positions. Among those is Arun Jaitley, 61, who has twice before been the law minister, and will be finance minister in the Modi government. Jaitley, a lawyer who has in the past led Indian delegations to the former Soviet Union, Europe, and U.S., will also be the interim manager of the defense portfolio says Sachin Karpe.
The team has to restore back the pace of growth, contain inflation, and obviously concentrate on fiscal consolidation. Rajnath Singh, 62, who is also the president of the Bharatiya Janata Party, or BJP, has been appointed as the minister for Home Affairs. The Home Affairs ministry is a significant one, being responsible for the management of internal security and the country's international borders, as well as managing parts of the strife-torn region of Jammu and Kashmir. Sushma Swaraj, 62, has been given the role of Minister of Foreign Affairs. Swaraj, a veteran politican and a reputed speaker, has in the past handled the office of information and broadcast, and health care, and for a brief period of time in 1998 was the chief minister of the state of New Delhi. Most recently, she was the leader of the opposition, representing the BJP in the parliament's lower house. Here is a list of the key positions and who will run them in Modi's government.
M Venkaiah Naidu: Urban Development, Housing, Urban Poverty Alleviation, Parliamentary Affairs
Nitin Gadkari: Road Transport and Highways, Shipping
DV Sadananda Gowda: Railways
Maneka Gandhi: Women and Child Development
Ravi Shankar Prasad: Communications & Information Technology; Law and Justice
Ashok Gajapathi Raju: Civil Aviation
Narendra Singh Tomar: Mines, Steel, Labour and Employment
Radha Mohan Singh: Agriculture
Thaawar Chand Gehlot: Social Justice and Empowerment
Smriti Irani: Human Resource Development
Najma Heptulla – Minority Affairs
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