New Delhi , May 31: Among the 57 ministers, who took the oath of office in the Narendra Modi council of ministers on Thursday, only six are women.
The 58-member cabinet includes 20 new faces. Among the 24 Cabinet ministers, who took the oath of office, only three are women. Smriti Irani, Nirmala Sitharaman and Harsimrat Kaur Badal will be the three female Cabinet ministers.
Among the other women in the council of ministers are Sadhvi Niranhan Jyoti, Renuka Singh Saruta and Debasree Chaudhuri.
In the last Modi government, seven women served as a Cabinet ministers- Sushma Swaraj, Maneka Gandhi, Smriti Irani, Nirmala Sitharaman, Harsimrat Kaur Badal, Uma Bharti and Najma Heptulla.
Previous NDA Cabinet had Nirmala Sitharaman as Defence minister, Smriti Irani as Textile minister, Sushma Swaraj as Foreign minister, Uma Bharati as Drinking Water and Sanitation minister, Akali Dal leader Harsimrat Kaur as Food Processing Industries minister and Maneka Gandhi as Women and Child Development minister. Najma Heptulla, who initially served as minister of minority affairs, was later dropped in after a reshuffle.
Modi took oath as the Prime Minister for a second term along with his Cabinet in front of a large crowd on the grounds of Rashtrapati Bhavan.