At least 19 new ministers are to be sworn in today, which government sources have said will strengthen the Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led team with “experience, expertise and energy”.
Sources said the PM laid down the selection procedure “to bring in doers and performers who would deliver on his vision of development and good governance, and further his central priority of gaon (villages), garib (poor) and kisan (farmers). “New ministers were identified from various walks of life to bring to bear their unique rich experience and expertise to their office,” sources said.
The list has several who are OBCs, five Dalits, two from minority communities and two women. The 19 have been drawn from 10 states. However, several of the new ministers are in their 60s and have been brought in primarily to ensure the delivery of promises the government has made in its three budgets and the BJP manifesto.