Himachal Pradesh gets another birth in Cabinet as Chandresh Kumari Katoch, Himachal Congress leader and currently MP from Rajasthan, inducted into Manmohan Singh cabinet as Union Minister of Culture.

Earlier she had expressed keenness to return to Himachal Pradesh politics and demanded ticket from Dharamshala segment and with her inclusion in cabinet it seems that Congress party has rewarded her for sacrificing the ambition to return to Himachal Pradesh politics.

Chandresh Kumari Katoch is a three-time legislator and two-times MP from Himachal Pradesh. In 2007 assembly polls, she lost to BJP’s Kishan Kapoor with a big margin. Subsequently, she was elected to Lok Sabha for the second term from Jodhpur.

Chandresh Kumari, 68, was born in the erstwhile royal family of Jodhpur, and is married into the family of the erstwhile rulers of Kangra. She won her first assembly elections from Bamsan in Hamirpur district, since scrapped after delimitation in 2008, in 1972. She won the assembly polls in 1982 and 2003 and a Lok Sabha seat from Kangra in 1984. She was also member of the Rajya Sabha from 1996.

She was minister of state for tourism for nine months in 1984. She was elevated as health minister in the Virbhadra Singh cabinet from 2003-04. Chandresh Kumari was also president of the All India Mahila Congress from 1999-2003.

The complete list of Manmohan’s ministers

Cabinet Ministers:

Manmohan Singh: Prime Minister, Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions, Ministry of Planning, Department of Atomic Energy, Department of Space

P Chidambaram: Finance

Sharad Pawar: Agriculture Minister, Minister of Food Processing Industries

AK Antony: Defence

Sushil Kumar Shinde: Minister of Home Affairs

K Rahman Khan: Minority Affairs

Dinsha J Patel: Mines

Ajay Maken: Housing & Urban Poverty Alleviation

MM Pallam Raju: Human Resource Development

Ashwani Kumar: Law & Justice

Harish Rawat: Water Resources

Chandresh Kumari Katoch: Culture

M Veerappa Moily: Petroleum & Natural Gas

S Jaipal Reddy: Science & Technology and Earth Sciences

Kamal Nath: Urban Development & Parliamentary Affairs

Vayalar Ravi: Overseas Indian Affairs

Kapil Sibal: Communications & Information Technology

CP Joshi: Road Transport & Highways

Kumari Selja: Social Justice & Empowerment

Pawan Kumar Bansal: Railways

Salman Khurshid: External Affairs

Jairam Ramesh: Rural Development

Ghulam Nabi Azad: Minister of Health and Family Welfare

Dr. Farooq Abdullah: Minister of New and Renewable Energy

Ajit Singh: Civil Aviation

Mallikarjun Kharge: Minister of Labour and Employment

Kapil Sibal: Minister of Communications and Information Technology

Anand Sharma: Minister of Commerce and Industry, Minister of Textiles

GK Vasan: Shipping

MK Alagiri: Minister of Chemicals and Fertilizers

Praful Manoharbhai Patel: Minister of Heavy Industries and Public Enterprises

Sriprakash Jaiswal: Minister of Coal

V Kishore Chandra Deo: Minister of Tribal Affairs, Minister of Panchayati Raj

Beni Prasad Verma: Minister of Steel

Ministers of State (Independent Charge)

Manish Tewari: Information & Broadcasting

K Chiranjeevi: Tourism

Jyotiraditya Madhavrao Scindia: Power

KH Muniyappa: Micro, Small & Medium Enterprises

Bharatsinh Madhavsinh Solanki: Drinking Water & Sanitation

Sachin Pilot: Corporate Affairs

Jitendra Singh: Youth Affairs & Sports

Krishna Tirath: Ministry of Women and Child Development

Kuruppassery Varkey Thomas: Ministry of Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution

Srikant Kumar Jena: Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation

Jayanthi Natarajan: Ministry of Environment and Forests

Paban Singh Ghatowar: Ministry of Development of North Eastern Region, Ministry of Parliamentary Affairs

Ministers of state

Shashi Tharoor: Human Resource Development

Kodikunnil Suresh: Labour & Employment

Tariq Anwar: Agriculture & Food Processing Industries

KJ Surya Prakash Reddy: Railways

Ranee Narah: Tribal Affairs

Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury: Railways

AH Khan Choudhury: Health & Family Welfare

Sarvey Sathyanarayana: Road Transport & Highways

Ninong Ering: Minority Affairs

Deepa Dasmunsi: Urban Development

Porika Balram Naik: Social Justice & Empowerment

Dr (Smt) Kruparani Killi: Communications & Information Technology

Lalchand Kataria: Defence

E Ahamed: External Affairs

D Purandeswari: Commerce & Industry

Jitin Prasada: Defence & Human Resource Development

Dr S Jagathrakshakan: New & Renewable Energy

RPN Singh: Home

KC Venugopal: Civil Aviation

Rajeev Shukla: Parliamentary Affairs & Planning

V Narayanasamy: Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions, Prime Minister Office

Lakshmi Panabaka: Ministry of Textiles

Namo Narain Meena: Ministry of Finance

SS Palanimanickam: Ministry of Finance

Preneet Kaur: Ministry of External Affairs

D Napoleon: Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment

S Gandhiselvan: Ministry of Health and Family Welfare

Tushar Amarsinh Chaudhary: Ministry of Road Transport and Highways

Pratik Prakashbapu Patil: Ministry of Coal

Ratanjit Pratap Narain Singh: Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas, Ministry of Corporate Affairs

Pradeep Kumar Jain Aditya: Ministry of Rural Development

Charan Das Mahant: Ministry of Agriculture and Ministry of Food Processing Industries, Ministry of Food Processing Industries

Milind Murli Deora: Ministry of Communications and Information Technology