Sunday, October 28, 2012

Cabinet reshuffle: 22 ministers sworn in

A total 22 ministers have been inducted into the Union Council of Ministers. They include seven Cabinet ministers, two Ministers of State with independent charge and 13 Ministers of State. Of the total, 16 are new faces. President Pranab Mukherjee administed the oath of office and secrecy at a function in the Ashoka Hall of the Rashtrpati Bhavan.

Vice President Mohammed Hamid Ansari, UPA Chairperson, Sonia Gandhi, AICC General Secretary Rahul Gandhi, several Cabinet Ministers, Leader of the Opposition in the Lok Sabha, Sushma Swaraj were among several dignitaries present in the swearing-in ceremony.

The Cabinet rank ministers who have been sworn-in are K Rehman Khan, former Deputy Chairman of the Rajya Sabha, Dinsha Patel, Ajay Maken, M M Pallam Raju, Ashwani Kumar, Harish Rawat, and Chandresh Kumari Katoch. Mr Rehman Khan and Chandresh Kumari Katoch are the new faces while for others it is an upgradation.

Congress spokesman Manish Tewari and K.Chiranjeevi have been inducted as Ministers of State with independence charge. Sashi Tharoor, Kodikunnil Suresh, Tariq Anwar of NCP, K Jayasurya Prakash Reddy, Mrs Rani Nara, Adhir Ranjan Choudhary, A H Khan Choudhary, S. Satyanarayana, Nionong Ering, Mrs Deepa Das Munshi, Porika Balaram Naik, Mrs Krupa Rani Killi and Lalchand Kataria, have taken oath as Ministers of State.

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