PM Narendra Modi`s cabinet reshuffle eyes fast-track reforms

PM Modi's expanded cabinet

New Delhi, Nov 10: In a bid to fast-track reforms to help the economy claw out of its worst slump in 25 years, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday effected a reshuffle of some ministries and allocated portfolios to 21 new ministers.

According to a Rashrapati Bhavan communique, the PM has allocated Defence to Manohar Parrikar, Railways to Suresh Prabhu, Information and Broadcasting to Arun Jaitley and moved Harsh Vardhan from health to Science and Technology.

The Allocation of portfolios of 19 other ministers were also announced on Sunday. The Prime Minister also inducted three technocrats – a CA, a Harvard MBA and an IIT graduate – in his ministry.

Suresh Prabhu quit Shiv Sena and joined BJP before being sworn-in as Cabinet Minister in the first expansion of the Modi government. The 61-year-old banker-politician joined BJP at a time when there is simmering tension between the Sena and the BJP amid speculations that Uddhav Thackeray may pull his party out of the government at the Centre and play the role of opposition in Maharashtra.

A trusted lieutenant of PM Modi as well as BJP chief Amit Shah, Jagat Prakash Nadda, has been given the Health portfolio earlier held by Harsh Vardhan. Nadda played an important role in his home stat

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