Union Council of Ministers

The Union Council of Ministers 'or federal cabinet' exercises executive authority in the Republic of India.[1] It consists of senior ministers, called "Cabinet Ministers", and junior ministers, called "Ministers of State".

It is led by the Prime Minister. A smaller executive body, called the Union Cabinet is the decision-making body in India.[2] Only the Prime Minister and ministers of the rank of "Cabinet Minister" are members of the Cabinet.


As a collective, the Council of Ministers is responsible to the lower house of the Indian Parliament, called the Lok Sabha (House of People).[1] According to the Constitution of India, the total number of ministers in the Council of Ministers must not exceed 15% of the total number of members of the House of the People. Ministers must be members of parliament. Any minister who is not a member of either the lower or upper houses of parliament for six consecutive months is automatically stripped of his or her ministerial post.[1]


There are three categories of ministers, in descending order of rank:

Current Cabinet

As a collective, each successive Council of Ministers is referred to as a cabinet. The current cabinet is led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who took office on 26 May 2014.

Cabinet Ministers


India cabinet ministers information-2014

Portfolio Minister Tookoffice Leftoffice Party
Prime Minister
Minister of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions
Department of Atomic Energy
Department of Space
All important policy issues and all other portfolios not allocated to any Minister.
 Narendra Modi26 May 2014IncumbentBJP 
Minister of Home Affairs Rajnath Singh26 May 2014IncumbentBJP 
Minister of External Affairs Sushma Swaraj26 May 2014IncumbentBJP 
Ministry of Overseas Indian Affairs Sushma Swaraj26 May 20147 January 2016BJPThis Ministry was merged with Ministry of External Affairs
Minister of Finance
Minister of Corporate Affairs
 Arun Jaitley26 May 2014IncumbentBJP 
Minister of Defence Arun Jaitley26 May 20149 November 2014BJP 
 Manohar Parrikar9 November 2014IncumbentBJP 
Minister of Information and Broadcasting Prakash Javadekar26 May 20149 November 2014BJP[5]
 Arun Jaitley9 November 20145 July 2016BJP 
 Venkaiah Naidu5 July 2016IncumbentBJP[6]
Minister of Railways D. V. Sadananda Gowda26 May 20149 November 2014BJP 
 Suresh Prabhu9 November 2014IncumbentBJP 
Minister of Urban Development
Minister of Housing and Urban Poverty Alleviation
 Venkaiah Naidu26 May 2014IncumbentBJP 
Minister of Road Transport and Highways
Minister of Shipping
 Nitin Gadkari26 May 2014IncumbentBJP 
Minister of Law and Justice Ravi Shankar Prasad 26 May 20149 November 2014BJP 
 D.V. Sadananda Gowda9 November 20145 July 2016BJP 
 Ravi Shankar Prasad5 July 2016IncumbentBJP 
Minister of Electronics and Information Technology Ravi Shankar Prasad26 May 2014IncumbentBJP 
Minister of Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation  Uma Bharati26 May 2014IncumbentBJP 
Minister of Minority Affairs Najma A. Heptulla26 May 201412 July 2016BJPCurrently Minister of state in charge[7]
Minister of Rural Development
Minister of Panchayati Raj
Minister of Drinking Water and Sanitation
 Gopinath Munde26 May 20143 June 2014[†]BJP 
 Nitin Gadkari4 June 20149 November 2014BJP[8]
 Birender Singh9 November 20145 July 2016BJP[9]
 Narendra Singh Tomar5 July 2016IncumbentBJP 
Minister of Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution Ram Vilas Paswan26 May 2014IncumbentLJP 
Minister of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises Kalraj Mishra26 May 2014IncumbentBJP 
Minister of Women and Child Development Maneka Gandhi26 May 2014IncumbentBJP 
Minister of Parliamentary Affairs Venkaiah Naidu26 May 20145 July 2016BJP 
 Ananth Kumar5 July 2016IncumbentBJP 
Minister of Chemicals and Fertilizers Ananth Kumar26 May 2014IncumbentBJP 
Minister of Civil Aviation Ashok Gajapathi Raju Pusapati26 May 2014IncumbentTDP 
Minister of Heavy Industries and Public Enterprises Anant Geete26 May 2014IncumbentShiv Sena 
Minister of Food Processing Industries Harsimrat Kaur Badal26 May 2014IncumbentSAD 
Minister of Steel Narendra Singh Tomar26 May 20145 July 2016BJP 
 Chaudhary Birender Singh5 July 2016IncumbentBJP 
Minister of Labour and Employment Narendra Singh Tomar26 May 20149 November 2014BJPCurrently Minister of state in charge
Minister of Tribal Affairs Jual Oram26 May 2014IncumbentBJP 
Minister of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare  Radha Mohan Singh26 May 2014IncumbentBJP 
Minister of Social Justice and Empowerment Thawar Chand Gehlot26 May 2014IncumbentBJP 
Minister of Human Resource Development Smriti Irani26 May 20145 July 2016BJP 
 Prakash Javadekar5 July 2016IncumbentBJP[6]
Minister of Science and Technology Harsh Vardhan9 November 2014IncumbentBJP 
Minister Of Health and Family Welfare Harsh Vardhan4 June 20149 November 2014BJP 
 Jagat Prakash Nadda9 November 2014IncumbentBJP[10]
Minister of Textiles Smriti Irani5 July 2016IncumbentBJP 
Minister of Statistics and Programme Implementation D. V. Sadananda Gowda5 July 2016IncumbentBJP 

Ministers of State

Note : *Indicates Minister of State having Independent charge

Bandaru Dattatreya Labour and Employment*
Anil Madhav Dave Environment, Forest and Climate Change*
Dharmendra Pradhan Petroleum and Natural Gas*
Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi Minority Affairs*
Bandaru DattatreyaLabour and Employment*
Faggan Singh Kulaste Health & Family Welfare
Babul Supriyo Heavy Industries & Public Enterprises
Ajay Tamta Textiles
Giriraj Singh Micro, Small & Medium Enterprises
Arjun Ram Meghwal Finance, Corporate Affairs
Hansraj Gangaram Ahir Home Affairs
Jasvantsinh Sumanbhai Bhabhor Tribal Affairs
Jayant Sinha Civil Aviation
Ramesh Chandappa Jigajinagi Drinking Water & Sanitation
Jitendra Singh Development of North Eastern Region*, Prime Minister's Office, Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions, Department of Atomic Energy, Department of Space
Subhash Bhamre Defence
Haribhai Parthibhai Chaudhary Micro, Small & Medium Enterprises
P P Choudhary Law & Justice, Electronics & Information Technology
Kiren Rijiju Home Affairs
Ramdas Athawale Social Justice & Empowerment
Krishan Pal Social Justice & Empowerment
Anupriya Patel Health & Family Welfare
Krishna Raj Women & Child Development
Nirmala Sitharaman Commerce and Industry*
Chhotu Ram Chaudhary Consumer Affairs, Food & Public Distribution
Mahesh Sharma Culture*, Tourism*
SS Ahluwalia Agriculture & Farmer Welfare, Parliamentary Affairs
Manoj Sinha Railways, Communications*
M. J. Akbar External Affairs
Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi Minority Affairs*, Parliamentary Affairs
Vijay Goel Youth Affairs and Sports*, Water Resources, River Development & Ganga Rejuvenation
Piyush Goyal Power*, Coal*, New and Renewable Energy*, Mines*
Rajen Gohain Railways
Pon Radhakrishnan Road Transport & Highways, Shipping
Parsottambhai Rupala Agriculture & Farmer Welfare, Panchayati Raj
Rajiv Pratap Rudy Skill Development & Entrepreneurship*
Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore Information & Broadcasting
Ram Kripal Yadav Rural Development
Rao Inderjit Singh Planning*, Urban Development Housing & Urban Poverty Alleviation
Sadhvi Niranjan Jyoti Food Processing Industries
Sanjeev Kumar Balyan Water Resources, River Development & Ganga Rejuvenation
Santosh Gangwar Finance
Shripad Yasso Naik AAYUSH*,
Sudarshan Bhagat Agriculture and Farmers Welfare
Upendra Kushwaha Human Resource Development
Vijay Kumar Singh External Affairs, Overseas Indian Affairs
Vijay Sampla Social Justice & Empowerment
Vishnu Deo Sai Steel
Y. S. Chowdary Science and Technology, Earth Science

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