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S Jaishankar Signs In As Foreign Minister, Ashwini Vaishnaw Takes Charge Too

Newly sworn-in Union Ministers S Jaishankar and Ashwini Vaishnaw today assumed office, days after the grand ceremony at Rashtrapati Bhawan in Delhi, where Prime Minister Narendra Modi took the oath of office along with 71 ministers of the new coalition government.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s cabinet has retained the known faces in the big four ministries – Amit Shah has retained the Home portfolio, Rajnath Singh Defence, Foreign Ministry has been retained by S Jaishankar and the Finance Ministry by Nirmala Sitharaman.

“Assumed charge as the Minister of External Affairs. Thank PM @narendramodi for assigning me this responsibility,” S Jaishankar posted on X – formerly known as Twitter – after taking charge as the External Affairs Minister for the second consecutive term.

Newly sworn-in Union Ministers S Jaishankar and Ashwini Vaishnaw today assumed office, days after the grand ceremony at Rashtrapati Bhawan in Delhi, where Prime Minister Narendra Modi took the oath of office along with 71 ministers of the new coalition government.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s cabinet has retained the known faces in the big four ministries – Amit Shah has retained the Home portfolio, Rajnath Singh Defence, Foreign Ministry has been retained by S Jaishankar and the Finance Ministry by Nirmala Sitharaman.

“Assumed charge as the Minister of External Affairs. Thank PM @narendramodi for assigning me this responsibility,” S Jaishankar posted on X – formerly known as Twitter – after taking charge as the External Affairs Minister for the second consecutive term.

Mr Vaishnaw has also retained the Ministry of Information and Technology. 
    
After taking charge, Mr Vaishnaw thanked PM Modi and said the Prime Minister has an “emotional connect” with the Railways. “People have blessed PM Modi again to serve the country. Railways will have a very big role. In the last 10 years, PM Narendra Modi has done a lot of reforms in Railways,” Mr Vaishnaw said while speaking to reporters at his office.

The Council of Ministers comprises 30 Cabinet Ministers, five Ministers of State with Independent Charge, and 36 Ministers of State. The 72-member council of ministers has seven women, including two with cabinet rank. This is four less than the outgoing council of ministers.

In this new cabinet, significant representation has been given to states like Bihar and Uttar Pradesh, with Bihar securing four cabinet berths and Uttar Pradesh receiving nine ministerial positions. Forty-two ministers are from the Other Backward Class (OBC), Scheduled Caste (SC), and Scheduled Tribe (ST) communities. However, there is no Muslim representation in the new cabinet.

PM Modi, 73, will head a coalition government in his third term, or Modi 3.0, for the first time since he became Prime Minister in 2014 after 10 years of the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) rule.

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