PM Modi chairs in-person Union Cabinet meet, first physical meeting in over a year

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday physically met his new Cabinet in the second such meeting in a week after the Cabinet reshuffle on July 7, with the induction of 43 new ministers.

This is the first in-person Cabinet meeting in more than a year. The last Cabinet meeting held physically was in the first week of April last year, when the coronavirus pandemic hit the country. The Cabinet had, however, been meeting regularly almost every week through video conferencing, even during lockdown.

The prime minister will also chair a meeting of the Council of Ministers at 4 pm through video conferencing. The new Council of Ministers had met on July 8.

The upcoming Monsoon session of Parliament could likely be one of the reasons for the frequent convening of the meeting of Council of ministers, sources said.

On Tuesday, the Centre had reconstituted the cabinet committees under which Union ministers Smriti Irani, Bhupender Yadav and Sarbananda Sonowal were included in the all-important Cabinet Committee on Political Affairs.

Union ministers Virendra Kumar, Kiren Rijiju and Anurag Singh Thakur were also included in the rejigged Cabinet Committee on Parliamentary Affairs headed by Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, according to a notification issued by the Cabinet Secretariate last night.

On Monday, the new ministers inducted into the Union Cabinet committees were mandated to deal with matters such as Centre-state issues, investment and growth.

Newly inducted Union ministers Narayan Rane, Jyotiraditya Scindia and Ashwini Vaishna have been made part of the Cabinet Committee on Investment and Growth. Dharmendra Pradhan, Vaishna, Yadav, Hardeep Singh Puri are part of the Cabinet Committee on Employment and Skill Development. Gadkari, Ramchandra Prasad Singh and G Kishan Reddy have been made special invitees of Cabinet Committee on Employment and Skill Development.


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