Prime minister Narendra Modi after large-scale rejig in his council of ministers, effected some changes in cabinet committees to reflect the changes with the inclusion of new and elevation of certain older ministers (in terms of tenure) in these social committees, according to notification by the cabinet secretariat.
Smriti Irani and Sarbananda Sonowal were added to the cabinet committee on political affairs. Source - Multiple.
The current reshuffle has to lead to the number of cabinet ministers from 21 to 30 and the number of junior ministers from 23 to 45. Few junior ministers with an independent charge have dropped from 9 to 2. The total strength of the Council of Ministers is now 78, including the Prime Minister.
Women and Child Development Minister Smriti Irani, Labour Minister Bhupendra Yadav, and Shipping Minister Sarbananda Sonowal have been included in the Cabinet Committee on Political Affairs (CCPA), while Ministers Virendra Kumar and Anurag Thakur have found a place in the Cabinet Committee on Parliamentary Affairs headed by Defence Minister Rajnath Singh.
The Cabinet Committee on Investment and Growth, headed by Mr. Modi has seen the inclusion of Ministers Narayan Rane, Jyotiraditya Scindia, and Ashwini Vaishnaw, while the Cabinet Committee on Employment and Skill Development has new members in Bhupendra Yadav, R.C.P. Singh of the Janata Dal (U) and G. Kishan Reddy along with Mr. Vaishnaw.
The all-important Cabinet Committee on Security has been left untouched by Mr. Modi at the helm and Home Minister Amit Shah, Mr. Rajnath Singh, External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar, and Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman. The Cabinet Committee on Appointments also remains untouched, with the Prime Minister heading it, with Mr. Shah as a member.
On Wednesday 45 ministers took oath as part of the first reshuffle in the second stent of the government led by PM Modi, among them, 15 became the part of union cabinet and were preceded by exits of 12 ministries including high-profile names like Ravi Shankar Prasad, Dr. Harshvardhan and Prakash Javadekar.