New Delhi: Nirmala Sitharaman, who was promoted to the cabinet today, is the country's new Defence Minister. She takes charge of the crucial ministry from Arun Jaitley, who has been saying for some time that he would like to focus his attention entirely on the Finance Ministry.
Ms Sitharaman is India's first woman Defence Minister after Indira Gandhi.
After nine new ministers were inducted today and four ministers including Ms Sitharaman were elevated to the cabinet, there was confusion over whether Mr Jaitley would remain Defence Minister for now.
"I will wait for the portfolio to be announced," Ms Sitharaman told today after she took oath as a cabinet minister, when asked about what her priority would be in her new role as a member of the cabinet.
In other major changes today, Piyush Goyal has been assigned Railways, he takes over from Suresh Prabhu who offered his resignation weeks ago after two major train accidents in Uttar Pradesh. Mr Prabhu was given the Commerce Ministry which was held by Ms Sitharaman.