Two key ministries-- defence and environment--are without a full-time minister.Finance Minister Arun Jaitley and Science and Technology Minister Harsh Vardhan are holding the additional charge of these two portfolios respectively.
As part of a Cabinet reshuffle during the ongoing monsoon session, Textile Minister Smriti Irani has been handed additional charge of Information and Broadcasting Ministry. Narender Singh Tomar, Minister for Social Justice and Empowerment will now be handling Urban development ministry as well.
The reshuffle follows the resignation of M Venkaiah Naidu, who held the above ministries, after he was announced NDA candidate for Vice President's post.
Two key ministries-- defence and environment--are without a full-time minister.
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Finance Minister Arun Jaitley and Science and Technology Minister Harsh Vardhan are holding the additional charge of these two portfolios, respectively.
While Manohar Parrikar's move to Goa as Chief Minister in March left the defence ministry without a full- time Cabinet minister, the death of Anil Dave in May caused a vacancy in the environment ministry.
Prime Minister Modi first expanded his cabinet in November 2014 when he inducted 21 new faces, including Parrikar as defence minister.
In July last year, Modi undertook another reshuffle in which he appointed Prakash Javadekar as the human resource development minister, replacing Smriti Irani, who was shifted to textiles.(with PTI inputs)