The government on Monday undertook a Cabinet reshuffle with Rajyavardhan Rathore assuming independent charge of the I&B Ministry and Railway Minister Piyush Goyal getting additional charge of the Finance Ministry till Arun Jaitley recovers from his operation.
MoS (Youth affairs and Sports) Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore will be the new I&B minister in place of Smriti Irani, who will now hold the Textile Ministry only.
Moreover, SS Ahluwalia has been relieved of the charge of Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitiation and assigned the portfolio of Minister of State (MoS) in the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology.
Alphons Kannanthanam has been relieved of the charge of MoS in the Electronics and IT Ministry.
KJ Alphons , who was a MoS in IT Ministry will now keep Tourism Ministry only while SS Ahluwalia will look after the position vacated by Alphons.
Jaitley underwent a successful kidney transplant at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) today.
Announcing the re-allocation of charges, a Rashtrapati Bhavan communiqué said, the President of India, as advised by the Prime Minister, has directed the reallocation of portfolios amongst the members of the Union Council of Ministers.
It said during the period of indisposition of Arun Jaitley, Minister; the portfolios of Minister of Finance and Minister of Corporate Affairs held by him, be temporarily assigned to Piyush Goyal, in addition to his existing portfolios.
Col. Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore be assigned the independent charge as Minister of State in the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, in place of Smriti Zubin Irani, presently Minister of Information and Broadcasting, the release said.
S.S. Ahluwalia, Minister of State be relieved of the charge of Ministry of Drinking Water & Sanitation and assigned the portfolio of Ministry of State in the Ministry of Electronics & Information Technology, the release said.
Alphons Kannanthanam, Minister of State be relieved of the charge of Minister of State in the Ministry of Electronics & Information Technology, it further said.