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Union Cabinet 2019: RS Prasad back at MeitY, law, and gets communications; Javadekar gets I&B

RS Prasad retains charge of MeitY, Law & Justice, and also gets Communications

Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad is once again taking charge of the Ministry of Electronics and IT and Ministry of Law and Justice, and is taking the additional responsibility of Ministry for Communications (Telecom) in the newly formed NDA government led by Narendra Modi. In the just concluded elections, he was elected as MP from the Lok Sabha constituency of Patna Sahib, Bihar.

Prasad has been a Rajya Sabha MP starting 2012 until now, he first took charge of MeitY and Ministry of Law and Justice in May 2016, after MeitY was separated from the Ministry of Communications. Now both are under him. Under Prasad, MeitY formulated the Draft Personal Data Protection Bill, 2018 under Justice Srikrishna, and proposed changes to the Intermediary Liability Rules, 2011.

Nirmala Sitharaman, Ministry of Finance

Nirmala Sitharaman has returned to the Union Cabinet of the NDA government, as the finance minister this time. In the previous cabinet, she was the defence minister, becoming the second woman defence minister of India. She joined BJP in 2008. In June 2014, she became a member of Rajya Sabha from Andhra Pradesh. She was elevated to the position of defence minister in September 2017. She has also served as a member of the National Commision for Women.

Prakash Javadekar, Ministry of Information & Broadcasting, and environment ministry

Prakash Javedekar has been appointed as Union Minister of Information and Broadcasting, and of Environment, Forest, and Climate. In the previous Union Cabinet, the portfolio of the ministry of information & broadcasting was held by Arun Jaitley (2014-16), Venkaiah Naidu (2016-17), Smriti Irani (2017-18), and finally by Rajyavardhan Rathore as Minister of State (Independent Charge).

Ministers of State

BJP MP Sanjay Shamrao Dhotre from the Lok Sabha constituency of Akola, Maharashtra has been appointed as minister of state for MeitY, Ministry of Communications, and also Ministry of Human Resources Development. A third-time Lok Sabha MP from Akola, this is Dhotre’s first ever appointment to the Union Cabinet.

BJP MP Anurag Thakur has been appointed as Minister of State for the Finance Ministry and the Ministry of Corporate Affairs. Thakur has been a Lok Sabha MP since 2008 from Hamirpur, Himachal Pradesh. He was the head of the parliamentary Standing Committee on IT in the previous NDA government, he also served as president of the BCCI for roughly two years in 2015-17.

BJP Som Prakash, first-time MP, has been appointed as Minister of State for commerce & industry ministry. Prakash was elected MP for the first time in this Lok Sabha election from the Hoshiarpur constituency in Punjab.

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