Modi Overhauls Cabinet to Accelerate India Policy Implementation – Bloomberg

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi elevated four junior ministers to cabinet rank and inducted an additional nine to his council of ministers as part of efforts to accelerate policy implementation before national polls in 2019.

Junior ministers Dharmendra Pradhan, Piyush Goyal, Nirmala Sitharaman and Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi were promoted to become cabinet ministers. Former Home Secretary R.K. Singh, former diplomat Hardeep Singh Puri and former bureaucrats Alphons Kannanthanam and Satya Pal Singh were inducted as junior ministers.

Shiv Pratap Shukla, Ashwini Kumar Choubey, Virendra Kumar, A. Hegde, Gajendra Singh Shekhawat were also sworn in as junior ministers Sunday by President Ram Nath Kovind at a ceremony in the colonial-era president’s palace in central New Delhi.

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