NEW DELHI: 19 ministers will be added today to the Union Cabinet. The expansion of the Union Cabinet is looking forward to reflect PM Narendra Modi 's economic and development priorities which was outlined in the Budget as well as political goals such as reaching out to Dalits.
All the ministers who will become the part of Union Cabinet met BJP president Amit Shah on Tuesday who told them of their likely appointment, on Monday.
PM Modi did interaction with mediapersons on Monday and he described the exercise as an "expansion", suggesting that the size of his ministry will increase from the current 64, which is well below the cap of 83 ministers, or 15% of the strength of the Lok Sabha. He said the exercise could be expected to reveal a focus on key Budget objectives.
The expansion in the Union Cabinet will be accompanied by some exits with MoS Ram Shankar Katheria, Nihal Chand, Sanwar Lal Jat, Mansukh Vasava, Mohan Kundaria and G M Siddheshwara likely to be dropped.
The ministers to be sworn in on Tuesday will include five from the Scheduled Castes, two from the Scheduled Tribes, two from the minorities and two women leaders. They hail from UP, Rajas than, Gujarat, Bengal, Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Delhi, Uttarakhand, Karnataka and Assam.
The ministers to be sworn in on Tuesday include five from the Scheduled Castes, two from the Scheduled Tribes, two from the minorities and two women leaders. They hail from UP, Rajas than, Gujarat, Bengal, Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Delhi, Uttarakhand, Karnataka and Assam.
“The framework set out by the Prime Minister aims to select "doers and performers" who can be expected to deliver on his vision of development and good governance that has a "gaon, garib, kisan (village, poor, farmer)" focus”, sources said.
The ministers are sworn in after the selection process and marks a departure from frequent changes based on the more usual calculations of caste and religion, sources said.
According to sources, the criteria for selection of ministers include professional expertise with inductees, including P P Chaudhary, a senior Supreme Court advocate; Subhash Ram Rao Bhamre, a well known doc tor; author and acclaimed journalist M J Akbar; former Rajasthan officer Arjun Meghwal and Anil Madhav Dave who is a keen Narmada river conservationist.
Some ministers who will be included in the Union Cabinet have experience in central government such as Faggan Kulaste and Delhi's Vijay Goel, Anupriya Patel ,Mansukh Mandaviya.
In the list many political veterans are also included S S Ahluwalia, MP from Darjeeling, and Assam member Rajan Gohain besides Kulaste, Jigajinagi and Goel. Inductees like Pandey , Bhamre and C R Chaudhary have strong academic backgrounds.