Minister of State for National Defence (Vishwamitra)

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Minister of State for National Defence
राष्ट्रीय रक्षा राज्यमंत्री
Incumbent
Johannes Mattias Toome

since 13 October 2023
Ministry of Defence
StyleThe Right Honourable (formally)
Member of
Reports toPrime Minister
Minister of National Defence
NominatorPrime Minister
AppointerThe Rashtradhyaksh
on the recommendation of the Prime Minister
Term lengthAt His Illustrious and Royal Majesty's pleasure
Formation14 May 2018;
5 years, 9 months ago
First holderPranjit Kalita

The Minister of State for National Defence (Hindi: राष्ट्रीय रक्षा राज्यमंत्री), commonly shortened as State Minister for National Defence is the junior minister in the National Defence Ministry who is also a member of the union council of ministers. The minister of state is responsible to carry out specialised duties as directed to them from time to time by the Prime Minister or the cabinet minister within the ministerial jurisdiction. The first Minister of State for Defence was Pranjit Kalita who served as parliamentary secretary to the State Counsellor (Minister of Defence) between 14 May and 12 October 2018. The current minister of state is Johannes Mattias Toome who has been in office since 13 October 2023.

The Minister of State for National Defence often assists their senior ministerial colleague, the Minister of National Defence and also carries out duties and heads various departments within the ministry.

History and records

The position of the Minister of State for National Defence was created as that of the Parliamentary Secretary to the State Counsellor in the post-coup cabinet of Tanishkaa Patranabish-Varuna Sriraya in May 2018 following the creation of the Ministry of Defence. The first-ever office-holder was Pranjit Kalita who served under State Counsellors Abhiraj Kar and Bishnu Chetry. In the first post-coup democratic cabinet headed by president Varuna Sriraya, the position was renamed to that of Minister of State for Defence. The position has undergone several nominal changes with the change in the name of the ministry from time to time. The junior minister was also known as the Minister of State for Defence, Minister of State for National Defence and Strategic Planning, etc.

Thirteen individuals have served as the minister of state for national defence. Only one minister of state for defence, Rory Leonard subsequently went on to become the Minister of National Defence.

Roles and duties

The Minister of State for National Defence is responsible for assisting the Minister of National Defence in the discharge of their functions and duties over the ministry and the various departments, including:

  • Department of Defence Production
  • Department of Armed Forces
  • Department of Veterans and Ex-service personnels Welfare
  • Department of War and Peace
  • Department of External Security
  • Department of Personnels Welfare
  • Royal Armed Forces

Ministers

Key
§ Denotes those who later became Minister of National Defence
No. Portrait Minister
(Birth-Death)
Term of office Political party Ministry Prime Minister
From To Period
Parliamentary Secretary to the State Counsellor
1 Pranjit Kalita
(born 2006)
MP for Outer Basistha-I
14 May
2018
12 October
2018
151 days Friends Societal Congress Tanishkaa III Tanishkaa Patranabish
Varuna Sriraya
Minister of State for Defence
2 File:Jemina Hazarika.jpg Jemina Hazarika
(born 2006)
MP for Inner Basistha-I
12 October
2018
6 January
2019
86 days Friends Societal Congress Varuna VII Varuna Sriraya
3 Sampriti Paul
(born 2004)
MP for Kahilipara
7 January
2019
17 March
2019
70 days Friends Society Secular Party Tanishkaa IV Tanishkaa Patranabish
4 Arpan Deka
(born 2008)
17 March
2019
3 June
2019
78 days Friends Societal Congress Tanishkaa V
5 Abhirup Patranabis
(born 2012)
MP for Bhetapara Rural
3 June
2019
6 August
2019
64 days
Minister of State for National Defence
(5) Abhirup Patranabis
(born 2012)
MP for Bhetapara Rural
6 August
2019
2 September
2019
27 days Friends Societal Congress Tanishkaa V Tanishkaa Patranabish
Minister of State for National Defence and Strategic Planning
6 Pallavi Rai
(born 2005)
MP for National List
2 September
2019
29 September
2019
27 days Friends Societal Congress Tanishkaa V Tanishkaa Patranabish
(5) Abhirup Patranabis
(born 2012)
MP for Bhetapara Rural
29 September
2019
11 October
2019
12 days
(6) Pallavi Rai
(born 2005)
MP for National List
11 October
2019
15 October
2019
4 days
4 Arpan Deka
(born 2008)
15 October
2019
16 November
2019
32 days
(6) Pallavi Rai
(born 2005)
MP for National List
16 November
2019
24 November
2019
8 days
Minister of State for National Defence
(6) Pallavi Rai
(born 2005)
MP for National List
26 November
2019
24 December
2019
28 days Friends Societal Congress Tanishkaa V Tanishkaa Patranabish
7 Rajia Hazarika
(born 2007)
24 December
2019
3 March
2020
70 days
(6) Pallavi Rai
(born 2005)
MP for Beltola National Constituency
22 March
2020
30 April
2020
39 days National People's Congress Tanishkaa VI Tanishkaa Patranabish
(5) Abhirup Patranabis
(born 2012)
MP for Bhetapara Rural
13 May
2020
7 June
2020
25 days Tanishkaa VII
8 Harlong Terang
(born 2005)
MP for Beltola Capital Territory
8 June
2020
17 June
2020
9 days Anoushkaa II Princess Anoushkaa
Minister of State for Defence
9 Lieutenant General
Rory Leonard[§]
(born 2007)
MP for Kalapani
18 June
2021
9 September
2021
83 days National People's Congress Ștefan II Ștefan Marius Snagoveanu
10 Ezri Ambriz
(born 2007)
MP for Basistha Central
11 September
2021
21 October
2021
40 days Farhaz I Farhaz Hazarika
11 File:Arturo Lara 2019.jpg General (Retd.)
Arturo Lara
(born 1998)
MP for Chandril
22 November
2021
9 February
2022
79 days Farhaz II
12 Kevin Doan
(born 2005)
MP for National Capital Constituency
9 February
2022
17 March
2022
36 days
(12) 12 May
2022
30 July
2022
79 days Independent Farhaz III
Minister of State for National Defence
(12) Kevin Doan
(born 2005)
MP for National Capital Constituency
31 July
2022
11 November
2022
103 days Independent Farhaz III Farhaz Hazarika
13 Manggala Alif Prasetia
(born 2007)
MP for Basistha Rural
18 March
2023
12 August
2023
147 days National People's Congress Farhaz IV
14 Johannes Mattias Toome
(born 2006)
MP for Noonmati
13 October
2023
Incumbent 139 days Farhaz V

See also

References