Third Vajpayee ministry
20th ministry of the Republic of India
Date formed13 October 1999
Date dissolved22 May 2004
People and organisations
Head of stateK. R. Narayanan (until 25 July 2002)
A. P. J. Abdul Kalam
(from 25 July 2002)
Head of governmentAtal Bihari Vajpayee
Deputy head of governmentL. K. Advani
Member parties
Status in legislatureCoalition
299 / 545 (55%)
Opposition partyIndian National Congress
(Congress alliance)
Opposition leaderSonia Gandhi (in Lok Sabha)
(13 October 1999 – 6 February 2004)
Manmohan Singh (in Rajya Sabha)
(till 21 May 2004)
History
Election(s)1999
Outgoing election2004
Legislature term(s)4 years, 222 days
PredecessorSecond Vajpayee ministry
SuccessorFirst Manmohan Singh ministry

Atal Bihari Vajpayee was sworn in as Prime Minister of India for third time on 13 October 1999. He headed his Third Vajpayee Ministry. Here is the list of ministers in his ministry.

Reshuffles

In a reshuffle on 29 September 2000, Venkaiah Naidu and Sushma Swaraj were inducted in the ministry as cabinet ministers and Shripad Yasso Naik (Goa), Satyabrata Mukherjee (West Bengal), Kanyakumari MP P.Radhakrishnan and film star-turned-MP U V Krishnam Raju (Andhra Pradesh) as minister of state. Later that year Uma Bharti was elevated to cabinet rank.[1][[File:[2][usurped]]]

In a reshuffle in 2001 Vajpayee inducted Karia Munda, Ved Prakash Goyal, Syed Shahnawaz Hussain and Tapan Sikdar as Cabinet ministers and Anna Sahib Patil, Ashok Pradhan, Ravi Shankar Prasad and Rajiv Pratap Rudy as ministers of state.[3]

In a reshuffle in 2002 he dropped four ministers and inducted four new cabinet ministers and nine new ministers of state. New cabinet ministers were: Shatrughan Sinha, Sahib Singh Verma, Jana Krishnamurthy, Balasaheb Vikhe Patil. The new ministers of state were: Basangouda Patil, Sanjay Paswan, Shripad Yasso Naik, Vinod Khanna, Nikhil Chaudhary, S.Thirunavukarasar, Anant Geete and A. K. Moorthy .[4]

In a reshuffle in 2003 Vajpayee inducted three new cabinet rank ministers and five ministers of state . The new cabinet ministers were :Rajnath Singh, B.C. Khanduri and Subodh Mohite. The new ministers of state were : Chinmayanand Swami (BJP), Kailash Meghwal (BJP), Nagmani (Rashtriya Janata Dal-Democratic), Prahlad Singh Patel (BJP) and P.C. Thomas (Indian Federal Democratic Party).[5][usurped]

Council of Ministers

Cabinet Ministers

Portfolio Minister Took office Left office Party Remarks
Prime Minister and also in-charge of:
Ministry of Planning
Department of Atomic Energy
Department of Space
And all other important portfolios and policy issues not allocated
to any Minister.
13 October 199922 May 2004 BJP 
Deputy Prime Minister29 June 200222 May 2004 BJP 
Minister of Home Affairs13 October 199922 May 2004 BJP 
Minister of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions13 October 199929 January 2003 BJPPrime Minister was responsible.
29 January 200322 May 2004 BJP 
Minister of External Affairs13 October 19991 July 2002 BJP 
1 July 200222 May 2004 BJP 
Minister of Finance13 October 19991 July 2002 BJPRenamed as Finance and Company Affairs.
Minister of Finance and Company Affairs1 July 200222 May 2004 BJP 
Minister of Defence13 October 199916 March 2001 SAP 
16 March 200118 March 2001 BJPPrime Minister was responsible.
18 March 200115 October 2001 BJPAdditional charge.
15 October 200122 May 2004 JD (U) 
Minister of Human Resource Development
Minister of Science and Technology
13 October 199922 May 2004 BJP 
Minister of Ocean Development13 October 199922 November 1999 BJPPrime Minister was responsible.
22 November 199922 May 2004 BJP 
Minister of Statistics and Programme Implementation13 October 19991 September 2001 BJPPrime Minister was responsible.
1 September 200118 November 2001 BJP 
18 November 20011 July 2002 BJPMinister of State (I/C) was responsible.
1 July 200222 May 2004 BJPPrime Minister was responsible.
Minister of Agriculture13 October 199922 November 1999 BJPPrime Minister was responsible.
22 November 19993 March 2001 SAP 
3 March 20016 March 2001 BJPPrime Minister was responsible.
6 March 200127 May 2001 BJP 
27 May 200122 July 2001 SAP 
22 July 200124 May 2003 RLD 
24 May 200322 May 2004 BJP 
Minister of Labour13 October 199922 November 1999 BJPPrime Minister was responsible.
22 November 19991 September 2001 BJP 
1 September 20011 July 2002 SAP 
1 July 200222 May 2004 BJP 
Minister of Water Resources13 October 199922 November 1999 BJP 
22 November 199927 May 2000 BJP 
27 May 200022 May 2004 BJD 
Minister of Consumer Affairs and Public Distribution13 October 199917 July 2000 BJPRenamed as Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution.
Minister of Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution17 July 20001 July 2002 BJP 
1 July 200222 May 2004 JD (U) 
Minister of Food Processing Industries1 September 20011 July 2002 BJPMinister of State (I/C) was responsible.
1 July 200215 January 2004 PMKMinister of State (I/C) was responsible.
15 January 200417 January 2004 BJPPrime Minister was responsible.
17 January 200422 May 2004 BJP 
Minister of Health and Family Welfare13 October 199927 May 2000 PMKMinister of State (I/C) was responsible.
27 May 20001 July 2002 BJP 
1 July 200229 January 2003 BJP 
29 January 200322 May 2004 BJP 
Minister of Railways13 October 199916 March 2001 AITC 
16 March 200120 March 2001 BJPPrime Minister was responsible.
20 March 200122 May 2004 JD (U) 
Minister of Civil Aviation13 October 19991 September 2001 SAP 
1 September 200124 May 2003 BJP 
24 May 200322 May 2004 BJPMinister of State (I/C) was responsible.
Minister of Surface Transport13 October 199922 November 1999 SAP 
22 November 199925 October 2000 BJP 
25 October 20007 November 2000 BJPPrime Minister was responsible.
Bifurcated into Ministry of Road Transport and Highways and
Ministry of Shipping.
Minister of Road Transport and Highways7 November 200024 May 2003 BJPMinister of State (I/C) was responsible.
24 May 200322 May 2004 BJP 
Minister of Shipping7 November 20001 September 2001 BJPMinister of State (I/C) was responsible.
1 September 200129 January 2003 BJP 
29 January 200322 May 2004 BJP 
Minister of Rural Development13 October 199930 September 2000 BJP 
30 September 20001 July 2002 BJP 
1 July 20026 April 2003 BJP 
6 April 200324 May 2003 BJP 
24 May 200322 May 2004 BJP 
Minister of Urban Development13 October 199922 November 1999 BJP 
26 November 199927 May 2000 BJPMerged with Ministry of Urban Employment and Poverty
Alleviation to form the Ministry of Urban Development
and Poverty Alleviation.
Minister of Urban Employment and Poverty Alleviation13 October 199922 November 1999 BJP 
22 November 199926 November 1999 BJP 
26 November 199927 May 2000 BJPMerged with Ministry of Urban Development to form the
Ministry of Urban Development and Poverty Alleviation.
Minister of Works and Estates22 November 199926 November 1999 SADMerged with Ministry of Urban Development.
Minister of Urban Development and Poverty Alleviation27 May 20001 September 2001 BJP 
1 September 200112 July 2003 BJP 
12 July 20038 September 2000 BJP 
8 September 200322 May 2004 BJPMinister of State (I/C) was responsible.
Minister of Commerce and Industry13 October 19999 November 2002 DMK 
9 July 200229 January 2003 BJP 
29 January 200322 May 2004 BJP 
Minister of Heavy Industries and Public Enterprises13 October 19999 May 2002 SHS 
9 May 20021 July 2002 SHS 
1 July 200224 May 2003 SHS 
24 May 200322 May 2004 SHS 
Minister of Small Scale Industries, Agro and Rural Industries13 October 19991 September 2001 BJPMinister of State (I/C) was responsible.
Bifurcated into Ministry of Small Scale Industries and
Ministry of Agro and Rural Industries.
Minister of Small Scale Industries1 September 200129 January 2003 BJPMinister of State (I/C) was responsible.
29 January 200322 May 2004 BJP 
Minister of Agro and Rural Industries1 September 200129 January 2003 BJP 
29 January 200322 May 2004 BJPMinister of State (I/C) was responsible.
Minister of Textiles13 October 199924 May 2003 BJP 
24 May 200322 May 2004 BJP 
Minister of Petroleum and Natural Gas13 October 199922 May 2004 BJP 
Minister of Chemicals and Fertilizers13 October 199930 September 2000 SHS 
30 September 20007 November 2000 BJP 
7 November 200022 May 2004 SAD 
Minister of Mines and Minerals13 October 19994 March 2000 BJD 
4 March 20006 March 2000 BJPPrime Minister was responsible.
6 March 200027 May 2000 BJPBifurcated into Ministry of Mines and Ministry of Coal.
Minister of Mines27 May 20007 November 2000 SAD 
7 November 20001 September 2001 BJP 
1 September 200129 April 2002 LJP 
29 April 20021 July 2002 BJPPrime Minister was responsible.
1 July 200226 August 2002 BJP 
26 August 200229 January 2003 BJP 
29 January 20039 January 2004 BJPMinister of State (I/C) was responsible.
9 January 200422 May 2004 AITC 
Minister of Coal27 May 20007 February 2001 PMKMinister of State (I/C) was responsible.
8 February 20011 September 2001 BJPMinister of State (I/C) was responsible.
1 September 200129 April 2002 LJP 
29 April 20021 July 2002 BJPPrime Minister was responsible.
1 July 200226 August 2002 BJP 
26 August 200229 January 2003 BJP 
29 January 20039 January 2004 BJP 
9 January 200422 May 2004 AITC 
Minister of Power13 October 199923 August 2000 BJPDied in office.
23 August 200030 September 2000 BJPPrime Minister was responsible.
30 September 200024 August 2002 SHS 
24 August 200226 August 2002 BJPPrime Minister was responsible.
26 August 200222 May 2004 SHS 
Minister of Non-Conventional Energy Sources13 October 199930 December 2003 DMKMinister of State (I/C) was responsible.
30 December 20039 January 2004 BJPPrime Minister was responsible.
9 January 200422 May 2004 BJP 
Minister of Parliamentary Affairs13 October 199929 January 2003 BJP 
29 January 200322 May 2004 BJP
Minister of Law, Justice and Company Affairs13 October 199923 July 2000 BJP 
24 July 20001 July 2002 BJPMinister of State (I/C) was responsible.
Bifurcated into Ministry of Law and Justice and Department of
Company Affairs.
Minister of Law and Justice1 July 200229 January 2003 BJP 
29 January 200322 May 2004 BJP 
Minister of Information and Broadcasting13 October 199930 September 2000 BJPMinister of State (I/C) was responsible.
30 September 200029 January 2003 BJP 
29 January 200322 May 2004 BJPMinister of State (I/C) was responsible.
Minister of Communications13 October 19991 September 2001 LJP 
22 November 199922 December 2001 BJPMerged with Ministry of Information Technology to form
Ministry of Communications and Information Technology.
Minister of Information Technology13 October 199922 November 1999 BJPPrime Minister was responsible.
22 November 199922 December 2001 BJPMerged with Ministry of Communications to form Ministry of
Communications and Information Technology.
Minister of Communications and Information Technology22 December 200129 January 2003 BJP 
29 January 200322 May 2004 BJP 
Minister of Culture, Youth Affairs and Sports13 October 19992 February 2000 BJPBifurcated into Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports and
Ministry of Culture.
Minister of Youth Affairs and Sports2 February 20007 November 2000 SAD 
7 November 200026 August 2002 BJP 
26 August 200222 May 2004 BJP 
Minister of Department of Culture2 February 200027 May 2000 BJPMerged with Ministry of Tourism to form Ministry of
Tourism and Culture.
Minister of Tourism13 October 19992 February 2000 BJPMinister of State (I/C) was responsible.
2 February 200027 May 2000 BJPMerged with Department of Culture to form Ministry of
Tourism and Culture.
Minister of Tourism and Culture27 May 20001 September 2001 BJPBifurcated into Ministry of Tourism and Ministry of Culture.
Minister of Culture1 September 200118 November 2001 INDMinister of State (I/C) was responsible.
Merged with Ministry of Tourism to form Ministry of
Tourism and Culture.
Minister of Tourism1 September 200118 November 2001 BJPMerged with Ministry of Culture to form Ministry of
Tourism and Culture.
Minister of Tourism and Culture18 November 200122 May 2004 BJP 
Minister of Environment and Forests13 October 199921 December 2003 DMK 
21 December 20039 January 2004 BJP 
9 January 200422 May 2004 BJPMinister of State (I/C) was responsible.
Minister of Social Justice and Empowerment13 October 19991 September 2001 INDMinister of State (I/C) was responsible.
1 September 200122 May 2004 BJP 
Minister of Tribal Affairs13 October 199922 May 2004 BJP 
Minister of Disinvestment10 December 199924 July 2000 BJPMinister of State (I/C) was responsible.
24 July 20001 September 2001 BJPMinister of State (I/C) was responsible.
1 September 200122 May 2004 BJP
Minister of Development of North Eastern Region1 September 200129 January 2003 BJP 
29 January 200322 May 2004 BJP 
Minister without portfolio9 November 200223 November 2003 DMKDied in office.
8 September 20039 January 2004 AITC 

Ministers of State (Independent Charge)

Portfolio Minister Took office Left office Party
Minister of Steel (Independent Charge) of Steel13 October 199927 May 2000 BJD
27 May 200022 May 2004 BJD

Ministers of State

Portfolio Minister Took office Left office Party Remarks
Minister of State in the Ministry of Home Affairs13 October 199922 May 2004 BJP
13 October 199929 January 2003 BJP
29 January 200322 May 2004 BJP
24 May 200322 May 2004 BJP
Minister of State in the Ministry of Finance13 October 19991 July 2002 SHS
30 September 20001 July 2002 MDMKRenamed as Finance and Company
Affairs.
Minister of State in the Ministry of Finance and Company Affairs1 July 200224 May 2003 MDMK
1 July 200226 August 2002 SHS
26 August 200222 May 2004 SHS
8 September 200322 May 2004 BJP
Minister of State in the Ministry of External Affairs13 October 199916 March 2001 AITC
30 September 200022 July 2001 BJP
22 July 200123 December 2002 JKNC
1 July 200222 May 2004 JD (U)
29 January 200322 May 2004 BJP
Minister of State in the Ministry of Defence13 October 199922 November 1999 BJP
13 October 199914 November 2000 BJP
Harin Pathak
(Defence Production and Supplies)
15 November 200129 January 2003 BJP
22 July 20011 July 2002 BJP
1 July 200222 May 2004 BJP
29 January 200322 May 2004 BJP
Minister of State in the Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances
and Pensions
13 October 199922 November 1999 BJP
Arun Shourie
(Administrative Reforms and
Public Grievances)
22 November 19991 September 2001 BJP
1 September 200129 January 2003 BJP
29 January 200322 May 2004 BJP
Minister of State in the Ministry of Planning13 October 199922 November 1999 BJP
22 November 199924 July 2000 BJP
7 November 20001 September 2001 BJP
1 September 20012 November 2001 BJP
2 November 200129 January 2003 BJP
29 January 200322 May 2004 BJP
Minister of State in the Prime Minister's Office1 September 200129 January 2003 BJP
Minister of State in the Department of Atomic Energy
Minister of State in the Department of Space
13 October 199929 January 2003 BJP
29 January 200322 May 2004 BJP
Minister of State in the Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation13 October 199922 November 1999 BJP
22 November 19991 September 2001 BJP
1 July 200229 January 2003 BJP
29 January 200322 May 2004 BJP
Minister of State in the Ministry of Human Resource Development13 October 19991 July 2002 BJP
13 October 199927 May 2000 BJP
30 September 20008 February 2001 BJP
1 September 200129 January 2003 BJP
29 January 200322 May 2004 BJP
29 January 200324 May 2003 BJP
30 January 20039 January 2004 BJP
24 May 200322 May 2004 BJP
Minister of State in the Ministry of Science and Technology13 October 199922 November 1999 BJP
22 November 199922 May 2004 BJP
Minister of State in the Ministry of Agriculture13 October 199929 September 2000 BJP
Syed Shahnawaz Hussain
(Food Processing Industries)
13 October 199927 May 2000 BJP
13 October 199927 May 2000 BJP
27 May 20001 September 2001 MSCP
27 May 200029 January 2003 BJP
30 September 20002 November 2001 BJP
2 November 200122 May 2004 BJP
Minister of State in the Ministry of Labour13 October 19991 July 2002 BJP
1 July 200229 January 2003 BJP
29 January 200324 May 2003 BJP
24 May 20038 September 2003 BJP
Minister of State in the Ministry of Water Resources13 October 199922 May 2004 BJP
Minister of State in the Ministry of Consumer Affairs and Public Distribution13 October 199917 July 2000 BJP
22 November 199917 July 2000 BJPRenamed as Consumer Affairs and
Public Distribution.
Minister of State in the Ministry of Consumer Affairs, Food and
Public Distribution
17 July 20006 March 2004 BJP
17 July 20001 September 2001 BJP
1 September 20011 July 2002 BJP
1 July 200229 September 2003 BJP
29 January 200322 May 2004 BJP
Minister of State in the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare27 May 200030 September 2000 BJP
30 September 200021 December 2003 DMK
29 December 200330 January 2003 BJP
9 January 200422 May 2004 BJP
Minister of State in the Ministry of Railways13 October 199922 July 2001 SAP
22 November 199931 August 2000 BJP
31 August 20001 July 2002 BJP
1 August 20011 July 2002 SAP
1 July 200215 January 2004 PMK
1 July 20028 September 2003 BJP
8 September 200322 May 2004 BJP
Minister of State in the Ministry of Civil Aviation13 October 19991 September 2001 BJP
1 July 200224 May 2003 BJP
Minister of State in the Ministry of Surface Transport13 October 199927 May 2000 BJP
27 May 20002 November 2001 BJPBifurcated into Ministries of Road
Transport and Highways and Shipping.
Minister of State in the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways24 May 20038 September 2003 BJP
8 September 200322 May 2004 BJP
Minister of State in the Ministry of Shipping7 November 20002 November 2001 BJP
2 November 200114 May 2002 BJP
1 July 200229 January 2003 BJP
29 January 200315 March 2004 BJP
Minister of State in the Ministry of Rural Development13 October 199930 September 2001 DMK
13 October 199929 January 2003 BJP
30 September 20001 September 2001 BJP
1 September 200122 May 2004 BJP
29 January 200322 May 2004 BJP
Minister of State in the Ministry of Urban Development13 October 199914 June 2000 BJPMerged into Ministry of Urban
Development and Poverty
Alleviation.
Minister of State in the Ministry of Urban Development and
Poverty Alleviation
14 June 20001 July 2002 BJP
1 July 200229 January 2003 BJP
29 January 20038 September 2003 BJP
Minister of State in the Ministry of Commerce and Industry13 October 199922 July 2001 JKNC
13 October 199929 January 2003 BJP
22 July 20011 September 2001 BJP
1 September 200224 May 2003 BJP
29 January 200322 May 2004 BJP
5 June 200322 May 2004 BJP
Minister of State in the Ministry of Heavy Industries and Public Enterprises13 October 199929 January 2003 BJP
8 September 200322 May 2004 BJP
Minister of State in the Ministry of Small Scale Industries29 January 200322 May 2004 BJP
Minister of State in the Ministry of Agro and Rural Industries1 July 200229 January 2003 BJP
Minister of State in the Ministry of Textiles13 October 199930 September 2000 MDMK
1 July 20028 September 2003 BJP
8 September 200330 December 2003 MDMK
Minister of State in the Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas13 October 19997 February 2001 PMK
22 November 199924 May 2003 BJP
24 May 200322 May 2004 BJP
Minister of State in the Ministry of Chemicals and Fertilizers13 October 199930 September 2000 BJP
30 September 20001 July 2002 BJP
1 July 200229 January 2003 BJP
29 January 200316 March 2004 BJP
Minister of State in the Ministry of Mines and Minerals13 October 199930 September 2000 BJPBifurcated into Ministry of Mines and
Ministry of Coal.
Minister of State in the Ministry of Mines27 May 20001 September 2001 BJP
1 September 200129 January 2003 BJP
Minister of State in the Ministry of Coal1 September 200129 January 2003 BJP
24 May 200322 May 2004 BJP
Minister of State in the Ministry of Power13 October 199922 May 2004 BJP
Minister of State in the Ministry of Parliamentary Affairs13 October 199922 October 1999 BJD
13 October 199922 November 1999 BJP
13 October 199922 November 1999 BJP
22 November 199922 May 2004 BJP
29 January 200324 May 2003 BJP
29 January 200322 May 2004 BJP
24 May 20038 September 2003 BJP
Minister of State in the Ministry of Law, Justice and Company Affairs13 October 199924 July 2000 BJPBifurcated into Ministry of Law
and Justice and Ministry of
Company Affairs.
Minister of State in the Ministry of Law and Justice1 July 200229 January 2003 BJP
24 May 200322 May 2004 KC(M)
Minister of State in the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting30 September 200029 January 2003 BJP
Minister of State in the Ministry of Communications13 October 199922 December 2001 BJPMerged to form Ministry of
Communications and Information
Technology.
Minister of State in the Ministry of Communications and Information
Technology
22 December 20011 July 2002 BJP
1 July 200224 May 2003 BJP
1 July 200229 January 2003 BJP
24 January 200322 May 2004 BJP
24 May 200322 May 2004 BJP
Minister of State in the Ministry of Culture, Youth Affairs and Sports13 October 19992 February 2000 BJPBifurcated into Ministry of Tourism
and Culture, and Department of
Youth Affairs and Sports.
Minister of State in the Department of Youth Affairs and Sports2 February 200027 May 2000 BJPBecame a ministry.
Minister of State in the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports27 May 200030 September 2000 BJP
30 September 200029 January 2003 BJP
29 January 200322 May 2004 BJP
Minister of State in the Ministry of Tourism and Culture1 July 200229 January 2003 BJP
29 January 200322 May 2004 BJP
Minister of State in the Ministry of Environment and Forests13 October 19997 November 2000 BJP
29 January 200317 November 2003 BJP
Minister of State in the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment1 July 200229 January 2003 BJP
29 January 200324 May 2003 BJP
24 May 200322 May 2004 BJP
24 May 200322 May 2004 BJP
Minister of State in the Ministry of Tribal Affairs22 November 199922 May 2004 BJP
Minister of State in the Ministry of Development of North Eastern Region29 January 200322 May 2004 BJP

Demographics of the Council of Ministers

Party Cabinet Ministers Ministers of State(Independent Charge) Ministers of State Total
Bharatiya Janata Party 30 4 21 55
Shiromani Akali Dal 1 0 0 1
Shiv Sena 4 0 0 4
Samta Party 2 0 0 2
Lok Janshakti Party 1 0 0 1
All India Trinamool Congress 1 0 1 2
Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam 3 0 1 4
Biju Janata Dal 1 2 0 3
Janata Dal (United) 1 0 0 1

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