Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya, Civil Aviation Minister Jyotiraditya Scindia, Railway Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw and other ministers took charge of their respective offices on Thursday, a day after taking oath at a ceremony held in the Darbar Hall of the Rashtrapati Bhavan.
Fifteen Cabinet ministers and 28 Ministers of State were sworn-in after the first reshuffle in the Council of Ministers by Prime Minister Modi since he assumed charge for a second term in May 2019.
IMAGE: Mansukh Mandaviya takes charge as the Minister of Health and Family Welfare, in New Delhi on Thursday. Mandaviya, a Bharatiya Janata Party leader from Gujarat's Saurashtra region, replaces Dr Harsh Vardhan, who was dropped from the Council of Ministers on Wednesday. His portfolio assumes utmost significance as the country is in battling a coronavirus pandemic. Mandaviya will also lead the Ministry of Chemicals and Fertilisers. Photograph: Kind courtesy @mansukhmandviya/Twitter
IMAGE: Civil Aviation minister Jyotiraditya Scindia at his office on Thursday. He visited the BJP office before taking charge. Photograph: ANI
IMAGE: Bureaucrat-turned-politician Ashwini Vaishnaw took charge of the Railways minister and also of IT, electronics and communication ministry. A former IAS officer of the 1994-batch, Vaishnaw has handled important responsibilities for over 15 years and was particularly known for his contribution to the public-private partnership (PPP) framework in infrastructure, something that will help him in the rail sector. Photograph: Kind courtesy @AshwiniVaishnaw/Twitter
IMAGE: Anurag Thakur takes charge as the Minister of Information and Broadcasting, at his office in New Delhi, on Thursday. Thakur was earlier an MoS in Ministry of Finance and Corporate Affairs. Photograph: Manvender Vashist/PTI Photo
IMAGE: Union Minister for Law and Justice Kiren Rijiju while taking charge at his office, in New Delhi, on Thursday. Photograph: Manvender Vashist/PTI Photo
IMAGE: Union Minister of Tourism G Kishan Reddy gestures while taking charge at his office, in New Delhi, on Thursday. Ministers of State Meenakshi Lekhi and Ajay Bhatt are also seen. Photograph: Arun Sharma/PTI Photo
IMAGE: Union Minister for Labour Bhupendra Yadav takes charge at his office, in New Delhi, on Thursday. Photograph: Vijay Verma/PTI Photo
IMAGE: Hardeep Singh Puri, right, takes charge as the Minister of Petroleum and Natural Gas. Ex-minister Dharmendra Pradhan, centre, greeted him on the occasion. MoS Rameswar Teli, right, also present. Pradhan is now the Minister of Education and Skill Development & Entrepreneurship. Photograph: ANI
IMAGE: Rajeev Chandrasekhar takes charge as the MoS in the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology. Photograph: ANI
IMAGE: Minister of State for Health Bharti Pawar arrives to assume office, in New Delhi, Thursday, July 8, 2021. Photograph: Vijay Verma/PTI Photo
IMAGE: John Barla takes charge as Union Minister of State for Minority Affairs at Antyodaya Bhawan, in New Delhi. Union Minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi is also seen. Photograph: PTI Photo
IMAGE: Raosaheb Dadarao Danve, Union Minister of State for Railways, assumes office at Rail Bhawan on Thursday. Photograph: ANI
IMAGE: Darshana Vikram Jardosh, Union Minister of State for Railways assumed office at Rail Bhawan on Thursday. Photograph: ANI