Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday in the allocation of portfolios introduce a new ministry, Jal Shakti Ministry, as a promise made by the PM during the poll campaign of the recently held national polls 2019. Jal Shakti Ministry came into existence after re-organizing the Ministry of Water Resources, River Development, and Ganga rejuvenation.
The portfolio was earlier held by Nitin Gadkari in Narendra Modi’s previous government. However, this time it has been allocated to BJP MP from Jodhpur Gajendra Singh Shekhawat. Shekhawat in the recently held polls defeated Vaibhav Gehlot, son of sitting CM Ashok Gehlot from Jodhpur Lok Sabha Seat.
It should be noted that PM Modi during his poll campaign in Tamil Nadu has promised to introduce the Jal Shakti Ministry, to provide safe drinking water to people.
PM Modi had in April this speaking in a rally said, ‘Once we will form the government at Centre on May 23, a separate ministry for water will be created to fulfil the aspirations of the people related to water.
Bharatiya Janata Party in its poll manifesto also made similar promise to tackle the water problem in the country.
There is a quick need for water management planning especially when all the rural population depending on monsoon rain for agriculture. Especially the South States like Andhra, Telangana, Tamil, Kerela the issue of water is among the biggest issue.
While Shekhawat has been in charge of this portfolio, PM Narendra Modi also allocated portfolios to all 57 Ministers. PM Modi in his Cabinet 2.0 made crucial changes replacing Rajnath Singh with Amit Shah for Home Ministry while Nirmala Sitharaman who held Defence Portfolio in previous government has now been allocated Finance Ministry in absence of Arun Jaitley.