Rajnath Singh added to 4 more committees, government rebalances composition of key panels

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New Delhi: Rajnath Singh arrives to take charge as Minister of Defence in newly-elected PM Modi's cabinet, at South Block in New Delhi, Saturday, June 1, 2019. (PTI Photo)

New Delhi: Rajnath Singh arrives to take charge as Minister of Defence in newly-elected PM Modi’s cabinet, at South Block in New Delhi, Saturday, June 1, 2019. (PTI Photo)

The government’s decision to induct Defence Minister Rajnath Singh in most Cabinet committees after it initially kept him out of all but two of them has rebalanced the composition of key panels.

While an official statement in the morning had Rajnath Singh’s name in only two Cabinet committees, economic affairs and security — the government effected a change at night, bringing him in four more panels, those on political affairs, parliamentary affairs, investment and growth, and empowerment and skill development.

Only two committees in which Singh’s name does not figure is on the appointment committee, which has traditionally had only prime minister and home minister as members, and on the accommodation committee, a relatively low-profile panel.

Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman’s name figured in all but one of the committees.

The government has reconstituted six committees to reflect the changes in the new dispensation and formed two new Cabinet panels to deal with issues like investment, growth, employment and skill development, amid concerns over an economic slowdown.

Cabinet ministers representing BJP’s allies, including Ram Vilas Paswan, Harsimrat Kaur Badal and Arvind Sawant, are members of a few committees, like in the first Modi government.

(PTI)