S Jaishankar Returns as Foreign Minister, Ashwini Vaishnaw Assumes Dual Ministry Roles

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GG News Bureau
New Delhi, 11th June.
 Union Ministers S Jaishankar and Ashwini Vaishnaw assumed their respective ministerial responsibilities on Tuesday, marking the commencement of their tenure in the External Affairs and Railways ministries. Their appointments come on the heels of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s recent swearing-in ceremony for a historic third term, alongside 71 ministers forming a new coalition government.

The top-tier ministerial lineup remains consistent in PM Modi’s revamped cabinet, with Amit Shah retaining the Home Ministry, Rajnath Singh maintaining the Defence portfolio, S Jaishankar reprising his role as Foreign Minister, and Nirmala Sitharaman continuing as Finance Minister.

Expressing gratitude for his reassignment, S Jaishankar, in a tweet posted on X – formerly known as Twitter, expressed his appreciation to PM Narendra Modi for entrusting him with the crucial responsibility of overseeing India’s external affairs for the second consecutive term.

https://x.com/DrSJaishankar/status/1800367425960992822

Meanwhile, Ashwini Vaishnaw, while retaining the Railways Ministry, was additionally tasked with overseeing the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, a significant dual portfolio within the Cabinet. Vaishnaw expressed his gratitude to PM Modi and emphasized the pivotal role of the railways in the nation’s development trajectory, underscoring PM Modi’s transformative reforms within the sector over the past decade.

Joining the ministerial ranks, Bhupender Yadav assumed office as the Minister of Environment, Forest and Climate Change, further reinforcing the government’s commitment to environmental stewardship and sustainable development.

As the Council of Ministers takes shape, comprising 30 Cabinet Ministers, five Ministers of State with Independent Charge, and 36 Ministers of State, PM Modi’s strategic cabinet selection reflects significant regional representation, with states like Bihar and Uttar Pradesh securing notable ministerial positions. Moreover, a substantial proportion of ministers hails from marginalized communities, with 42 ministers representing the Other Backward Class (OBC), Scheduled Caste (SC), and Scheduled Tribe (ST) demographics.

PM Modi’s unprecedented third term at the helm of India’s leadership heralds a new era of governance, marking a continuation of his transformative vision for the nation.

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