New Delhi: Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's new team got down to work on Monday with new ministers taking charge and old ones relinquishing responsibilities after a mega revamp of the council of ministers that saw 15 new faces and many key ministries changing hands.

The major shake-up of the government on Sunday, possibly the last before the 2014 general elections, saw Salman Khurshid taking over as India's new foreign minister, Pawan Kumar Bansal being made the new man to helm the railways ministry, M. Veerappa Moily being given petroleum and M.M. Pallam Raju being made human resource development minister.

S. Jaipal Reddy got science and technology and Kamal Nath got additional charge of parliamentary affairs besides urban development. Amongst the ministers of state sworn in were Congress spokesperson Manish Tewari who got independent charge of information and broadcasting.

Earlier with Ambika Soni, the ministry has been downgraded. The exercise that sought to jettison perception of passivity in governance comes just ahead of two critical assembly elections in Himachal Pradesh and Gujarat.

"It is a combination of youth and experience," Manmohan Singh said on Sunday after the ceremony at Rashtrapati Bhavan where President Pranab Mukherjee administered the oath of office."The road ahead is full of challenges," he said, expressing hope that this was the last such exercise before his UPA-II government heads for elections.

Congress general secretary Rahul Gandhi did not join the government - leaving the field open for him to play a larger role in the party. Seventeen new faces were inducted on Sunday of which two ministers were of cabinet rank. Of the seven new ministers sworn in with cabinet rank, two are debutants former Rajya Sabha deputy chairperson K. Rahman Khan and Congress MP Chandresh Kumari Katoch.

The other five - Ajay Maken, M.M. Pallam Raju, Dinsha Patel, Harish Rawat and Ashwini Kumar - have been elevated to cabinet rank.Fifteen ministers of state were also sworn in.

TEAM MANMOHAN

Manmohan Singh:  Prime Minister and also in-charge of the Ministries/Departments not specifically allocated to the charge of any Minister viz: Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions; Ministry of Planning; Department of Atomic Energy and Department of Space

CABINET MINISTERS
Sharad Pawar: Minister of Agriculture, Minister of Food Processing Industries

A K Antony: Minister of Defence

P Chidambaram: Minister of Finance

Sushil Kumar Shinde:
Minister of Home Affairs

Salman Khursheed: Minister of External Affairs

Ghulam Nabi Azad: Minister of Health and Family Welfare

M Veerappa Moily:
Minister of Petroleum and Natural Gas

Farooq Abdullah: Minister of New and Renewable Energy

S Jaipal Reddy: Science and Technology and Earth Sciences

Kamal Nath:
Minister of Urban Development & Parliamentary Affairs

Ajit Singh: Minister of Civil Aviation

Vayalar Ravi: Minister of Overseas Indian Affairs

Mallikarjun Kharge:
Minister of Labour and Employment

Kapil Sibal:
Minister of Communications and Information Technology

Anand Sharma: Minister of Commerce and Industry, Minister of Textiles

C P Joshi: Minister of Road Transport and Highways

Kumari Selja: Minister of Social Justice and Empowerment

G K Vasan: Minister of Shipping

Pawan K Bansal: Minister of Railways

M K Alagiri: Minister of Chemicals and Fertilizers

Praful Patel: Minister of Heavy Industries and Public Enterprises

Shriprakash Jaiswal:
Minister of Coal

K Rahman Khan: Minister of Minority Affairs

V Kishore Chandra Deo: Minister of Tribal Affairs, Minister of Panchayati Raj

Beni Prasad Verma: Minister of Steel

Jairam Ramesh:
Minister of Rural Development

Dinsha Patel: Minister of Mines.

Ajay Maken: Minister of Housing and Urban Poverty Alleviation

M M Pallam Raju:
Minister of Human Resource Development

Ahswani Kumar:
Minister of Law and Justice

Harish Rawat:
Minister of Water Resources

Chandresh Kumari Katoch: Minister of Culture, Ministers of State with Independent Charge:

MINISTERS OF STATE (INDEPENDENT CHARGE)
Manish Tewari: Minister of State (Independent Charge) of the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting

Krishna Tirath: Minister of State (Independent Charge) of the Ministry of Women and Child Development

K Chiranjeevi: Minister of State (Independent Charge) of the Ministry of Tourism

K V Thomas: Minister of State (Independent Charge) of the Ministry of Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution
    
Srikant Jena: Minister of State (Independent Charge) of the Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation and     Minister of State of the Ministry of Chemicals and Fertilizers

Jayanthi Natrajan: Minister of State (Independent Charge) of the Ministry of Environment and Forests

Paban Singh Ghatowar: Minister of State (Independent Charge) of the Ministry of Development of North Eastern Region and Minister of State of the Ministry of Parliamentary Affairs

Jyotiraditya Madhavrao Scindia: Minister of State (Independent Charge) of the Ministry of Power.

K H Muniappa: Minister of State (Independent Charge) of the Ministry of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises

Sachin Pilot:
Minister of State (Independent Charge) of the Ministry of Corporate Affairs

Jitendra Singh: Minister of State (Independent Charge) of the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports, and Minister of State in the Ministry of Defence

Bharatsinh Solanki:
Minister of State (Independent Charge) of the Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation
MINISTERS OF STATE
E Ahamed: Minister of State in the Ministry of External Affairs

D Purandeswari: Minister of State in the Ministry of Commerce and Industry

Jitin Prasada: Minister of State in the Ministry Human Resource Development

S Jagathrakshakan: Minister of State in the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy

K C Venugopal:
Minister of State in the Ministry of Civil Aviation

Rajeev Shukla:
Minister of State in the Ministry of Parliamentary Affairs and Planning

Mullappally Ramachandran: Minister of State in the Ministry of Home Affairs

V Narayanasamy:
Minister of State in the Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions Minister of State in the Prime Minister's Office

R P N Singh: Minister of State in the Ministry of Home

Panabaka Lakshmi:
Minister of State in the Ministry of Textiles

K J Surya Prakash Reddy:
Minister of State in the Ministry of Railways

Ranee Narah: Minister of State in the Ministry of Tribal Affairs

Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury: Minister of State in the Ministry of Railways

A H Khan Choudhury: Minister of State in the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare

Sarvey Sathyanarayana: Minister of State in the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways

Ninong Ering: Minister of State in the Ministry of Minority Affairs

Deepa Dasmunsi: Minister of State in the Ministry of Culture

Porika Balram Naik:
Minister of State in the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment

Shri Kruparani Killi: Minister of State in the Ministry of Communications and Information technology

Lalchand Kataria:
Minister of State in the Ministry of Defence

Namo Narain Meena: Minister of State in the Ministry of Finance

S S Palanimanickam: Minister of State in the Ministry of Finance

Preneet Kaur: Minister of State in the Ministry of External Affairs

Sisir Adhikari: Minister of State in the Ministry of Rural Development

D Napoleon:
Minister of State in the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment

S Gandhiselvan: Minister of State in the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare

Tusharbhai Chaudhary: Minister of State in the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways

Prateek Prakashbapu Patil: Minister of State in the Ministry of Coal

Pradeep Jain:
Minister of State in the Ministry of Rural Development

Charan Das Mahant: Minister of State in the Ministry of Agriculture Minister of State in the Ministry of Food Processing Industries

Milind Deora:
Minister of State in the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology
    
Shashi Tharoor: Minister of State in the Ministry of Human Resource Development
    
Kodikunnil Suresh:
Minister of State in the Ministry of Labour and Employment

Tariq Anwar:
Minister of State in the Ministry of Agriculture and Food Processing Industries

(Agencies)

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