Nirmala Sitharaman gets Finance Ministry, Smriti Irani to head Ministry of Women and Child Development

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 New Delhi: President Ram Nath Kovind administers oath of office and secrecy to women ministers, from left to right in the top row, Nirmala Sitharaman, Harsimrat Kaur and Smriti Irani; and from left to right in the bottom row, Sadhvi Niranjan Jyoti, Renuka Singh Saruta and Debasree Chaudhuri during swearing-in ceremony at the forecourt of Rashtrapati Bhawan in New Delhi, Thursday, May 30, 2019. (PTI Photo)

New Delhi: President Ram Nath Kovind administers oath of office and secrecy to women ministers, from left to right in the top row, Nirmala Sitharaman, Harsimrat Kaur and Smriti Irani; and from left to right in the bottom row, Sadhvi Niranjan Jyoti, Renuka Singh Saruta and Debasree Chaudhuri during swearing-in ceremony at the forecourt of Rashtrapati Bhawan in New Delhi, Thursday, May 30, 2019. (PTI Photo)

Narendra Modi was sworn in along with a 57-member Council of Ministers. The size of the Modi cabinet is smaller as compared to the one that PM Modi ended his first tenure with. In this tenure, there are six women who took oath as ministers. 3 are of cabinet rank and the other three will be Minister of State.

Six women took oath as part of Modi Govt 2.0.

Among the 24 cabinet ministers, who took the oath of office, three are women. Nirmala Sitharaman was allocated the portfolio of Minister of Finance, and Minister of Corporate Affairs. Smriti Irani was allocated the portfolio of Minister of Women and Child Development, and Minister of Textiles and Harsimrat Kaur Badal will be the Minister of Food Processing Industries. In the last Modi government, seven women served as cabinet ministers.

Three women were also sworn in as MoS.

Sadhvi Niranjan Jyoti was allocated the portfolio of Minister of State in the Ministry of Rural Development in the new Cabinet. In the outgoing Modi government, she held the portfolio of Minister of State for Food Processing Industries.

Renuka Singh Saruta was also sworn in as a Minister of State in the Modi government. She was allocated the portfolio of Minister of State in the Ministry of Tribal Affairs. She is a tribal leader of the BJP from Chattisgarh.

A BJP leader from West Bengal, where the BJP has managed to make deep inroads in the Lok Sabha elections 2019 by winning 18 seats, Deboshree Chowdhury is a first timer in the newly elected government. She also took oath as a Minister of State. She has been allocated the portfolio of Minister of State in the Ministry of Women and Child Development.

(PTI)