Missing ministers from Narendra Modi government-I

first_img Prabhash K Dutta New DelhiMay 30, 2019UPDATED: May 30, 2019 23:16 IST Prime Minister Narendra Modi signing the register after taking oath of office for the second time on Thursday. (Photo: Twitter/@BJP4India)HIGHLIGHTSSushma Swaraj, Arun Jaitley opted out of Modi cabinet for health reasonsManeka Gandhi, Jayant Sinha, Suresh Prabhu, Manoj Sinha among top names dropped from cabinetJP Nadda not included in Modi cabinet, tipped to be next BJP presidentNarendra Modi is ready with a refurbished Union cabinet in his second term as the prime minister on the back of a massive mandate in the Lok Sabha election with the BJP winning 303 seats on its own and the National Democratic Alliance crossing the 350 mark.PM Modi has inducted several new faces in the government. The biggest surprise was induction of former foreign secretary S Jaishankar in the Union cabinet.Among those missing from the Modi’s new cabinet are Arun Jaitley and Sushma Swaraj, both having opted out of the government citing health reasons. Uma Bharati, another Union minister in the previous government, also decided not to contest Lok Sabha eleciton and was not included in the new cabinet.On the other hand, there were many surprises in omission. PM Modi dropped many familiar faces of the previous government. Here are some of them:Maneka Gandhi: Weeks after courted controversy during the Lok Sabha election when she said Muslims should not approach her for work if they don’t vote for her in the polls, she found her name dropped from the list of ministers who took oath today. She was the women and child development minister in the previous government and was very active animal right activist.Jayant Sinha: He is the Lok Sabha MP from Hazaribagh parliamentary constituency in Jharkhand. He is the son of former BJP leader Yashwant Sinha, now a bitter critic of the Modi government. As MoS in the previous government, Jayant Sinha handled finance and civil aviation portfolios.advertisementSuresh Prabhu: Another surprise omission from the new Narendra Modi cabinet. In 2014, Suresh Prabhu had become a bone contention between the Shiv Sena and the BJP. Prabhu was a Shiv Sena leader back then but Narendra Modi wanted him in his cabinet. Prabhu quit Shiv Sena and the BJP made him as Rajya Sabha MP to have him in the Modi cabinet.Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore: A former soldier and Olympic medal winner, he was one of the young faces in the Modi government. He was given key portfolios of youth and sports, and also of information and broadcasting in the previous government. He played key role in pushing PM Modi’s flagship programme Khelo India in the previous government.Radha Mohan Singh: He was a surprise entry as the cabinet rank minister for agriculture. He is considered as one of the under-performing ministers of the previous Modi government. He failed to find ways to rescue agriculture from the crisis it is steeped in. Farm crisis, in fact, worsened under his watch.Jagat Prakash Nadda: He is said to be the next BJP president. In the previous government, JP Nadda maintained a low profile but handled the portfolio of health-implementing initiatives of PM Modi in the sector. Considered as a strong organisational leader, Nadda is tipped to be Amit Shah’s successor as the BJP president as the party eyes winning assembly elections in West Bengal, Maharashtra and Delhi over the next couple of years.Manoj Sinha: A low-profile but hard-working politician, who was praised for his handling of the railway ministry as MoS in the previous Narendra Modi government. He was left out of the Modi’s new cabinet owing to his loss in the Lok Sabha election.Anupriya Patel: As an MoS in the health and family welfare ministry, she failed to make a distinct mark during the five years of the previous government. Even though her party won two Lok Sabha seats, like 2014 polls, in the parliamentary election, Anupriya Patel was left out of the government.Among others who were dropped in the new cabinet are Jual Oram of the BJP and Anant Geete of the Shiv Sena.For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byPrabhash Kumar Dutta Missing ministers from Narendra Modi government-IPM Modi dropped several well-known faces of the previous government as he took oath for the second term on Thursday.advertisementlast_img read more

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At meeting in Rome UN officials stress link between food security and

Addressing a meeting at the FAO headquarters in Rome – attended by the UN Secretary-General’s Special Envoy on the Sahel, Romano Prodi, and other senior UN officials and mediators dealing directly with the Sahel crisis – FAO’s Director-General, José Graziano da Silva, noted that the relation between food insecurity, hunger and the dispute over natural resources and conflicts was particularly evident in the Sahel.“There is a clear linkage between hunger and conflict; food security and peace in Africa,” Mr. Graziano da Silva stated in a news release. “Investing in food security in the Sahel is also an investment in a peaceful and more stable future.” The western part of the Sahel region, which stretches from the Atlantic Ocean to the Red Sea, and includes Chad, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, and parts of Sudan, Cameroon and Nigeria, is currently facing a swathe of problems, which are not only political but also involve security, humanitarian resilience and human rights.In addition to political instability in Mali, the region suffers from extreme poverty, with human development levels among the lowest in the world, porous borders that present significant security challenges, as well as human rights problems.Added to that is the humanitarian crisis affecting the region this year, in which over 18 million people are estimated to be at risk of food insecurity and over one million children risk severe acute malnutrition.“It is essential to step up support and also combine short-term humanitarian responses with longer-term development actions,” the FAO Director-General said. “We need to make livelihoods more resilient. And we need to ensure that our interventions in different areas – food security and nutrition, agriculture, health, education and security – are as integrated as possible,” he continued, adding that the FAO was committed to working more closely with Mr. Prodi and African leaders to promote the Sahel’s sustainable development. Since his appointment, Mr. Prodi has travelled to a number of cities for meetings with government officials, including in the Malian capital, Bamako, as well as in Ethiopia, Egypt and Algeria, as part of his effort to focus on the security situation in Mali but also on humanitarian aid and development issues.Mr. Prodi, who described the Rome meeting as “productive,” similarly emphasized the need for consistent development across the African region in order to stave off the looming threat of insecurity. “The Special Envoys and mediators expressed a unique convergence of views and underlined the need to work together in support of the countries of the Sahel and Mali in their efforts to stabilize the region towards long term development,” the Special Envoy said in a statement. Referring to his recent trip to Niger, Mr. Graziano da Silva voiced optimism that coordinated efforts could ultimately bring an end to hunger in the Sahel.“What I saw was encouraging,” he stated. “It convinced me that there is hope; that there is political will to reverse the negative trends leading to food insecurity in the region.” read more

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