Cabinet Rejig: Dharmendra Pradhan, Piyush, Sitharaman, Naqvi become cabinet ministers

Nirmala Sitharaman Is India's New Defence Minister

Nirmala Sitharaman was on Sunday named India's Defence Minister in a reshuffle-cum-expansion of his ministry carried out by Prime Minister Narendra Modi that also saw Piyush Goyal take charge of Indian Railways.

Arun Jaitley will attend a key security dialouge with Japan tomorrow though the charge of the defence ministry has been given to Nirmala Sitharamam in a major rejig of the Union Cabinet today.

"At least, I hope, not very long", Jaitley had quipped, when being asked about the reshuffle.

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Four of the nine new ministers in the Modi cabinet are retired bureaucrats including K J Alphons, known as Delhi's demolition man for launching a crackdown on illegal structures in the capital despite facing intense political pressure.

The recent standoff between the two countries in Doklam along India's eastern border was one such example. "Somebody who has come from a small town, grown into the party with all the support of the leadership. Otherwise, it is impossible", Sitharaman told reporters here after taking oath as a Union Minister.

"I think this was a very fruitful and deep association where we were able to take some very important decisions which were pending for years and I am sure now that I have extremely competent successor in Sitharaman". I also want to see the files (on women in combat roles) where they stand...

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"Criticism per se do not reflect on performance, it only adds to your performance if you are ready to take on-board the corrections that may be workable", she said.

Sitharaman has been running the trade ministry where she built up a reputation as a tough negotiator. "His belief is that women can also perform", she was quoted as saying by PTI.

Jaitley had held the portfolio as an additional charge after Manohar Parrikar left the post to become Goa chief minister earlier this year.

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Sitharaman, who was holding the Commerce portfolio as a Minister of State, was elevated along with Goyal, Dharmendra Pradhan and Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi to the cabinet rank.

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