The others were Raj Kumar Singh, Lok Sabha MP from Bihar’s Arrah; Anantkumar Hegde, Lok Sabha MP from Karnataka; Hardeep Singh Puri, a highly-decorated former IFS officer; Gajendra Singh Shekhawat, Lok Sabha MP from Rajasthan’s Jodhpur; Satya Pal Singh, Lok Sabha MP from Uttar Pradesh’s Baghpat and Alphons Kannanthanam, a distinguished former IAS officer of the 1979 batch, Kerala cadre. Four Ministers of State were elevated to Cabinet rank.
They were Ms Sitharaman, Mr Goel, Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi and Dharmendra Pradhan.
The changes,in the run-up to the Assembly elections in several states, seem clearly aimed at the 2019 Lok Sabha elections. The new ministers, who come from diverse social and economic background, and possess rich administrative experience, have been selected by the Prime Minister with a clear mandate to deliver on his vision of new India, authoritative sources said. (UNI)