Minister of State for National Defence (Vishwamitra)

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Minister of State for Defence
रक्षा राज्यमंत्री
Coat of arms of Vishwamitra (2021).svg
Kevin Doan.jpg
Incumbent
Kevin Doan
1st Baron Doan

since 12 May 2022
Ministry of Defence
StyleThe Right Honourable (formally)
Member of
Reports toPrime Minister
Minister of Defence
NominatorPrime Minister
AppointerThe Rashtradhyaksh
on the recommendation of the Prime Minister
Term lengthAt His Illustrious and Royal Majesty's pleasure
Formation14 May 2018;
4 years, 8 months ago

The Minister of State for Defence (Hindi: रक्षा राज्यमंत्री), commonly shortened as State Minister for Defence is the junior minister in the 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 Kevin Doan who has been in office since 12 May 2022.

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

History and records

The position of the Minister of State for Defence was created as that of the Parliamentary Secretary to the State Counsellor in the post-coup cabinet of Tanishkaa Patranabish-Dhrubajyoti Roy 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 Dhrubajyoti Roy, 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 National Defence, Minister of State for National Defence and Strategic Planning, etc.

Twelve individuals have served as the minister of state for defence. Only one minister of state for defence, Rory McPhail subsequently went on to become the Minister of Defence.

Roles and duties

The Minister of State for Defence is responsible for assisting the Minister of 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

List

Ministers of State for Defence

* Denotes those who later went on to become the Cabinet Minister for Defence.

Portrait Minister
(Birth-Death)
Term of office Political party Ministry Prime Minister Cabinet Minister
From To Period
Parliamentary Secretary to the State Counsellor (14 May – 12 October 2018)
Man without face.svg Pranjit Kalita
प्रांजीत कलिता
(born 2006)
14 May
2018
12 October
2018
151 days Congress Tanishkaa III Tanishkaa Patranabish Abhiraj Kar
Bishnu Chetry
Dhrubajyoti Roy Abhiraj Kar
Ministers of State for Defence (12 October 2018 – 6 August 2019)
Jemina Hazarika.jpg Jemina Hazarika
जेमिना हज़ारिका
(born 2006)
12 October
2018
6 January
2019
86 days Congress Dhrubajyoti VII Dhrubajyoti Roy Bishnu Chetry
Woman without face.svg Sampriti Paul
संप्रीति पॉल
(born 2004)
6 January
2019
17 March
2019
70 days Secular Party Tanishkaa IV Tanishkaa Patranabish Abhiraj Kar
Man without face.svg Arpan Deka
अर्पण डेका
(born 2008)
17 March
2019
3 June
2019
78 days Congress Tanishkaa V Asmi Patranabis
Man without face.svg Abhirup Patranabis
अभिरूप पत्रनबिस
(born 2012)
3 June
2019
6 August
2019
64 days
Bishnu Chetry
Ministers of State for National Defence (6 August – 2 September 2019)
Man without face.svg Abhirup Patranabis
अभिरूप पत्रनबिस
(born 2012)
6 August
2019
2 September
2019
27 days Congress Tanishkaa V Tanishkaa Patranabish Tanishkaa Patranabish
Ministers of State for National Defence and Strategic Planning (2 September – 24 November 2019)
Woman without face.svg Pallavi Rai
पल्लवी राय
(born 2005)
2 September
2019
29 September
2019
27 days Congress Tanishkaa V Tanishkaa Patranabish Tanishkaa Patranabish
Arnab Sil
Man without face.svg Abhirup Patranabis
अभिरूप पत्रनबिस
(born 2012)
29 September
2019
11 October
2019
12 days
Woman without face.svg Pallavi Rai
पल्लवी राय
(born 2005)
11 October
2019
15 October
2019
4 days
Man without face.svg Arpan Deka
अर्पण डेका
(born 2008)
15 October
2019
16 November
2019
32 days
Woman without face.svg Pallavi Rai
पल्लवी राय
(born 2005)
16 November
2019
24 November
2019
8 days Asmi Patranabis
Ministers of State for National Defence (24 November 2019 – 17 June 2020)
Position vacant between 24 November and 26 November 2019. Tanishkaa V Tanishkaa Patranabish Asmi Patranabis
Woman without face.svg Pallavi Rai
पल्लवी राय
(born 2005)
26 November
2019
24 December
2019
28 days Congress
Abhiraj Kar
Woman without face.svg Rajia Hazarika
रजिया हज़ारिका
(born 2008)
24 December
2019
3 March
2020
70 days
Position vacant between 3 March and 22 March 2020. Anoushkaa I Anoushkaa Patranabish Arnab Deka
Woman without face.svg Pallavi Rai
पल्लवी राय
(born 2005)
22 March
2020
30 April
2020
39 days Congress Tanishkaa VI Tanishkaa Patranabish
Arnab Sil
Ankurjyoti Thakuria
Position vacant between 1 May and 13 May 2020.
Man without face.svg Abhirup Patranabis
अभिरूप पत्रनबिस
(born 2012)
13 May
2020
8 June
2020
26 days Congress Tanishkaa VII Tanishkaa Patranabish Abhiraj Kar
Man without face.svg Harlong Terang
हार्लोंग तेरांग
(born 2005)
8 June
2020
17 June
2020
9 days Anoushkaa II Princess Anoushkaa Arnab Deka
Position abolished (17 June 2020 – 28 January 2021)
Ministers of State for Defence (28 January 2021 – present)
Position vacant between 28 January 2021 and 18 June 2021. Ștefan I Ștefan Marius Snagoveanu David Augustus
Vacant
Ștefan II Ștefan Marius Snagoveanu Michal Nowacki
Man without face.svg Rory McPhail
1st Count of Griffith

रोरी मैकफैल
(born 2007)
*
18 June
2021
11 September
2021
85 days Congress
King Ezri Official Portrait (cropped).jpg Ezri Ambriz
एज़्री अंब्रीज़
(born 2007)
11 September
2021
21 October
2021
40 days Farhaz I Farhaz Hazarika
Position vacant between 21 October and 22 November 2021. Phillip Phillip Joseph Pillin Matthew Griffin
Arturo Lara 2019.jpg General
Arturo Lara
1st Count of Granville

(Retd.)
आर्टुरो लारा
(born 1998)
21 October
2021
9 February
2022
111 days Congress Farhaz II Farhaz Hazarika Michal Nowacki
Rory McPhail
Kevin Doan.jpg Kevin Doan
केविन डोन
(born 2005)
9 February
2022
17 March
2022
36 days
Position vacant between 17 March and 12 May 2022. Dhrubajyoti Roy
(Rashtradhyaksh)
Kevin Doan.jpg Kevin Doan
1st Baron Doan

केविन डोन
(born 2005)
12 May
2022
Incumbent 263 days Independent Farhaz III Rory McPhail
Matthew Tonna

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