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Modifications in financing

Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Thursday welcomed the decision of the Prime Minister Narendra Modi for approving modifications in the Central Sector Scheme of financing facility under the ‘Agriculture Infrastructure Fund’, taken at the first cabinet meeting after the expansion of the cabinet. New Delhi : Congratulating the Prime Minister Narendra Modi ji for this visionary decision which is beneficial for agriculture and farmers, he said that the decision has included State Agencies/Agricultural Produce Market Committee (APMCs), National and State Federations of Cooperatives, Self Help Groups (SHGs) and Federation of Farmers Producers Organizations (FPOs) in in the ‘Agriculture Infrastructure Fund’ and also extended the interest subvention scheme and a guarantee for a loan upto Rs two crore for each project for a maximum of 25 projects. “With the approval for APMC in the same market premises for various infrastructure projects, it will also…

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Twitter must abide by law of land : new IT Minister

Ashwini Vaishnav has been made the new IT minister in place of Ravi Shankar Prasad. This is the first term of Ashwini as a Member of Parliament. He is a Rajya Sabha MP from Odisha.   New IT minister Ashwini Vaishnav made it clear that micro-blogging platform Twitter must abide by the law of land, new IT, Electronics and Communication Ministry said, “All the companies doing business in India, have to follow our law.” Ashwini Vaishnav was among 43 leaders who took oath of office last evening. He has also been made the new Railways Minister, replacing Piyush Goyal. “I thank the honourable Prime Minister for the great opportunity he has given me to serve the nation. Telecommunications, IT and Railways. There are lots of synergies in the three and I will be working to ensure that his vision is implemented,” he said. A former…

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Pratima Bhowmik gets Ministry

Pratima Bhowmik is the first permanent resident of the north-eastern state to get a berth in the new Union Cabinet.  52 year-old Pratima Bhowmik has become the first female MP from Tripura to get a berth in the new Union Cabinet. She is also the first permanent resident of the north-eastern state to do so, as she took oath as a Union Minister on Wednesday. Pratima Bhowmik, a science graduate, has been a BJP activist and leader since 1991. In 1998 and 2018, she fought for the Assembly from the Dhanpur constituency, losing both times to former Chief Minister Manik Sarkar. Bhowmik later ran for the West Tripura Lok Sabha elections in 2019 and won by 3,05,689 votes, defeating veteran MP Shankar Prasad Dutta. Pratima hails from the village of Dhanpur and used to play Kho-kho and Kabaddi at the state level. She is…

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New MODI Cabinet : Who get’s what

The Narendra-Modi led government allocated portfolios to its new ministers on Wednesday. The Narendra-Modi led government allocated portfolios to its new ministers on Wednesday. In a major reshuffle, Prime Minister Narendra Modi  brought in Sarbananda Sonowal, Narayan Rane and Jyotiraditya Scindia as Cabinet ministers while dropping as many as 12 ministers including Health Minister Harsh Vardhan, IT and Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad and I&B Minister Prakash Javadekar. About 15 Cabinet ministers, including some new faces, were sworn-in at the swearing in ceremony held in the Darbar Hall of the Rashtrapati Bhawan. This is the first reshuffle in the Council of Ministers by Prime Minister Modi since he assumed charge for a second term in May 2019. With this reset, Modi has brought in young faces and has also given representation to various social groups and regions in the reshuffle. FULL LIST: PORTFOLIOS Shri Narendra…

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Railways Minister takes charge

After taking charge, the new Minister said that Railways is a major part of PM Modi’s vision and he would work to make the vision a reality Rajya Sabha MP from Odisha, Ashwini Vaishnaw, took charge as the new Railways Minister in Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s cabinet on Thursday. After taking charge, the new Minister said that Railways is a major part of PM Modi’s vision and he would work to make the vision a reality. “His (PM Modi’s) vision for railways is to transform the lives of the people, that everyone – common man, farmers, the poor – gets the benefit of the railway. I will work for that vision,” said Vaishnaw. A former IAS officer, Vaishnaw has been appointed the Minister of Railways, Minister of Communications, and Minister of Electronics and Information Technology. The Railway Minister was earlier under Union Minister Piyush…

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G K Reddy gets promotion

Gangapuram Kishan Reddy, who was promoted to the cabinet rank on Wednesday, remained the only face in the Narendra Modi government from the two Telugu states. Gangapuram Kishan Reddy, who was promoted to the cabinet rank on Wednesday, remained the only face in the Narendra Modi government from the two Telugu states. One of the prominent faces of the BJP in Telangana, Kishan Reddy is a first-term MP from Secunderabad, one of the Lok Sabha constituencies in Hyderabad. Kishan Reddy is among the four BJP MPs from Telangana. Some party leaders were hoping that Soyam Bapu Rao, who represents Adilabad constituency, may be inducted but no other face from Telangana found a place in the expansion. Andhra Pradesh remained the only southern state which has no representation. The party has no MP from Andhra Pradesh. Kishan Reddy, who also served as three-time MLA, has…

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43 ministers take oath

The rejig of the Modi Cabinet, first of the BJP-led NDA government’s second term, comes after a detailed review of performance of ministries by PM Modi himself and Home Minister Amit Shah, BJP president JP Nadda. Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday made big changes in his Cabinet. As many as 43 new ministers were took oath of office at as simple event at the Rashtrapati Bhawan in Delhi. The major revamp, which include several new faces as well as elevation of many existing ministers, was the first since the 2019 when the BJP-led NDA won a massive majority. Among the top new entrants were Narayan Rane, Sarbananda Sonowal, Jyotiraditya Scindia, Pasupati Paras, while Harsh Vardhan, who helmed the post of Health Minister, Ramesh Pokhriyal, Babul Supriyo were among the ones who lost their place in in the Modi Cabinet. The Cabinet reshuffle has…

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Ravi Shankar Prasad, Prakash Javadekar resign

The rejig of the Modi Cabinet, first of the BJP-led NDA government’s second term, comes after a detailed review of performance of ministries by PM Modi himself and Home Minister Amit Shah, BJP president JP Nadda. Prime Minister Narendra Modi will effect the first reshuffle in his Council of Ministers on Wednesday since he assumed the charge for a second term in May 2019. The latest exercise is tipped to be a ‘major shake-up’ of the government as the Prime Minister looks to make it more representative with an eye on political and governance challenges. The states which will go to the assembly polls early next year, including the all-important Uttar Pradesh, may figure high. West Bengal may also see its representation in the Union Council of Ministers go up, the sources said. It is believed that the BJP’s allies like JD(U) and Apna…

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Union Cabinet expansion on July 8 : Sources

Modi Cabinet Expansion: The Union Cabinet can have 81 members. At present, there are 53 ministers. There is a scope for adding 28 new faces. As many as 20 new ministers could take oath when Prime Minister Narendra Modi expands the Council of Ministers. According to sources, the exercise could take place on July 8. Meanwhile, PM Modi’s meeting with BJP national president JP Nadda and top ministers has been cancelled. The meeting was scheduled for 5 pm today. The meeting was likely to be attended by Home Minister Amit Shah, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, Railways Minister Piyush Goyal, Petroleum Minister Dharmendra Pradhan, Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar, Parliamentary Affairs Minister Pralhad and others. At today’s meeting, the Prime Minister was likely to discuss the performance of ministers and also proposals on future schemes. Earlier on June 20, the PM had…