NDA-III Sets Up Cabinet Committees, Including New Ones on Growth and Investment

Both the news committees will be headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

New Delhi: The Central government on Thursday announced the constitution of various cabinet committees, including the one on economic affairs.

On Wednesday, the government had constituted new committees on investment and growth to spur economic growth, and on employment and skill development to deal with the issues of unemployment.

It is perhaps the first time that cabinet committees on the two issues have been set up. Both committees will be headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. During the electioneering of the last Lok Sabha polls, the opposition had accused the Modi government of having failed in keeping up its purported promise of creating two crore jobs per year.

The key committee on security was also set up on Wednesday. Modi will head the committee, and defence minister Rajnath Singh, home minister Amit Shah, external affairs minister S. Jaishankar and finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman will be its members.

The panel looks after the issues related to national security and foreign affairs.

Among the panels announced on Thursday is the Appointments Committee of Cabinet (ACC) to be headed by the prime minister with Shah as the other member.

Shah will head the Cabinet Committee on Accommodation. Road transport and highways minister Nitin Gadkari, Sitharaman and railway and commerce minister Piyush Goyal are its members.

Minister of state in the PMO Jitendra Singh and housing and urban affairs and civil aviation minister Hardeep Puri are special invitees of the accommodation committee.

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The key Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) will be headed by the prime minister and will have Rajnath Singh, Shah, Gadkari, chemicals and fertilisers minister D.V. Sadananda Gowda, Sitharaman, agriculture minister Narendra Singh Tomar, communication minister Ravi Shankar Prasad and minister for food processing Harsimrat Kaur Badal as its members.

The others in the CCEA include Jaishankar, Goyal and petroleum minister Dharmendra Pradhan.

The Cabinet Committee on Parliamentary Affairs, which recommends dates for holding parliament sessions, will be headed by Shah and will have Sitharaman, consumer affairs minister Ramvilas Paswan, Tomar, Prasad, social justice minister Thawar Chand Gehlot, environment minister Prakash Javadekar and parliamentary affairs minister Prahlad Joshi as its members.

Ministers of state for parliamentary affairs Arjun Ram Meghwal and V. Muraleedharan are special invitees.

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The Cabinet Committee on Political Affairs, which helps the government take important policy decisions, will be headed by the prime minister.

Shah, Gadkari, Sitharaman, Goyal, Paswan, Tomar, Prasad, Harsimrar Kaur, health minister Harsh Vardhan, heavy industries minister Arvind Sawant and Joshi will be its members.

The cabinet committees are constituted or reconstituted when a new government takes over or the cabinet undergoes a reshuffle.