Minister of National Defence (Vishwamitra)

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Minister of National Defence
राष्ट्रीय रक्षा मंत्री
Incumbent
Farhaz Hazarika, Duke Hazarika
(Prime Minister)

since 14 June 2023
Ministry of National Defence
StyleThe Most Honourable
Member of
Reports toRashtradhyaksh
Prime Minister
NominatorPrime Minister
AppointerRashtradhyaksh
on the recommendation of the Prime Minister
Term lengthAt His Majesty's pleasure
Formation14 May 2018; 5 years ago
First holderAbhiraj Kar
DeputyMinister of State for National Defence

The Minister of National Defence (Hindi: राष्ट्रीय रक्षा मंत्री), commonly shortened to National Defence Minister is the minister in the Cabinet of Vishwamitra who is responsible for overseeing the nation's military affairs and other defence and security-related matters. The minister is the head of the Ministry of National Defence. The first Minister of National Defence was Abhiraj Kar who held the title of State Counsellor and was appointed on 14 May 2018 following the establishment of the ministry. The current Minister of National Defence is prime minister Farhaz Hazarika who was appointed on 14 June 2023.

The Minister of National Defence is often assisted by a junior minister, titled as the Minister of State for National Defence who acts as the deputy to the National Defence Minister and the second highest office holder in the Ministry of National Defence.

History of office

The Minister of National Defence has been the head of the Ministry of National Defence since its formation on 14 May 2018 and is one of the senior ministerial positions in the cabinet. The first minister was Abhiraj Kar who was appointed following the establishment of the ministry. Often prime ministers and deputy prime ministers held the portfolio of Defence during their tenures.

Role and duties

The minister is usually one of the most senior members of Cabinet and a member on the Cabinet Committee on Security (CCS). The minister is seen as one of the people most responsible for formulating Vishwamitra's nation's military, security affairs, as they along with other relevant ministers advise the Prime Minister in developing the national military and formulating laws and policies to develop the military and related infrastructure, and also acts as the government's main spokesperson on military subjects. The minister is also the principal advisor to the Rashtradhyaksh on matters on defence.

The minister along with their deputy, the minister of state for national defence, preside over the following departments and agencies which fall under the jurisdiction of the ministry:

  • 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

Portrait Minister
(Birth-Death)
Term of office Political party Ministry Prime Minister
From To Period
State Counsellors (14 May – 3 August 2018)
Abhiraj Kar
अभिराज कर
(born 2006)
14 May
2018
3 August
2018
81 days Congress Tanishkaa III Tanishkaa Patranabish
Ministers of Defence and Security (3 August – 12 October 2018)
Bishnu Chetry
बिष्णु छेत्री
(born 2001)
3 August
2018
7 August
2018
4 days Congress Tanishkaa III Tanishkaa Patranabish
Abhiraj Kar
अभिराज कर
(born 2006)
8 August
2018
11 September
2018
65 days
11 September
2018
12 October
2018
Dhrubajyoti Roy
Ministers of Defence (12 October 2018 – 6 August 2019)
Bishnu Chetry
बिष्णु छेत्री
(born 2001)
12 October
2018
6 January
2019
86 days Congress Dhrubajyoti VII Dhrubajyoti Roy
Abhiraj Kar
अभिराज कर
(born 2006)
7 January
2019
17 March
2019
69 days Tanishkaa IV Tanishkaa Patranabish
Asmi Patranabis
अस्मी पत्रनबिस
(born 2007)
17 March
2019
16 July
2019
121 days Tanishkaa V
Bishnu Chetry
बिष्णु छेत्री
(born 2001)
16 July
2019
6 August
2019
21 days
Ministers of National Defence (6 August – 2 September 2019)
Tanishkaa Patranabish
तनिष्का पत्रनबिश
(born 2004)
Prime Minister
6 August
2019
2 September
2019
27 days Congress Tanishkaa V Self
Ministers of National Defence and Strategic Planning (6 August – 24 November 2019)
Tanishkaa Patranabish
तनिष्का पत्रनबिश
(born 2004)
Prime Minister
2 September
2019
13 September
2019
11 days Congress Tanishkaa V Tanishkaa Patranabish
Arnab Sil
अर्नब सिल
(born 2004)
13 September
2019
16 November
2019
64 days
Asmi Patranabis
अस्मी पत्रनबिस
(born 2007)
16 November
2019
24 November
2019
8 days
Ministers of National Defence (24 November 2019 – 17 June 2020)
Asmi Patranabis
अस्मी पत्रनबिस
(born 2007)
24 November
2019
9 December
2019
15 days Congress Tanishkaa V Tanishkaa Patranabish
Abhiraj Kar
अभिराज कर
(born 2006)
9 December
2019
3 March
2020
85 days
Arnab Deka
अर्नब डेका
(born 2002)
3 March
2020
22 March
2020
26 days Congress Anoushkaa I Anoushkaa Patranabish
22 March
2020
29 March
2020
Tanishkaa VI Tanishkaa Patranabish
Arnab Sil
अर्नब सिल
(born 2004)
29 March
2020
10 April
2020
12 days
Ankurjyoti Thakuria
अंकुरज्योति ठाकुरिया
(born 2002)
10 April
2020
30 April
2020
20 days
Position vacant (1 May – 13 May 2020)
Abhiraj Kar
अभिराज कर
(born 2006)
13 May
2020
7 June
2020
25 days Congress Tanishkaa VII Tanishkaa Patranabish
Arnab Deka
अर्नब डेका
(born 2002)
8 June
2020
17 June
2020
9 days Anoushkaa II Princess
Anoushkaa
Merged to form the Coordinating Ministry of Political, Legal and Security Affairs (17 June 2020 – 28 January 2021)
Ministers of Defence (28 January 2021 – 30 July 2022)
David Augustus,
1st Duke of Osian

डेविड ऑगस्टस
(born 2006)
28 January
2021
1 March
2021
32 days Royalist Party Ștefan I Ștefan Marius Snagoveanu
Position vacant (1 March – 6 March 2021)
Michal Nowacki,
1st Duke of Stettin

मीकल नोवाकी
(born 2003)
6 March
2021
11 September
2021
229 days National People's Congress Ștefan II Ștefan Marius Snagoveanu
11 September
2021
21 October
2021
Farhaz I Farhaz Hazarika
Air Chief Marshal
Matthew Griffin,
1st Count of Essex

मैथ्यू ग्रिफिन
(born 2003)
21 October
2021
22 November
2021
32 days Independent Phillip Phillip Joseph Pillin
Michal Nowacki,
1st Duke of Stettin

मीकल नोवाकी
(born 2003)
22 November
2021
15 January
2022
54 days Congress Farhaz II Farhaz Hazarika
Rory Leonard,
1st Count of Griffith

रोरी लियोनार्ड
(born 2007)
15 January
2022
17 March
2022
61 days
His Illustrious and Royal Majesty
Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces

Dhrubajyoti Roy,
Rashtradhyaksh

महामहिम राष्ट्राध्यक्ष ध्रुबज्योति रॉय
(born 2002)
17 March
2022
12 May
2022
56 days Independent
Rory Leonard,
1st Count of Griffith

रोरी लियोनार्ड
(born 2007)
12 May
2022
30 July
2022
79 days Farhaz III
Ministers of National Defence (31 July 2022 – present)
Matthew Tonna,
1st Count Tonna

मैथ्यू टोना
(born 2005)
31 July
2022
10 November
2022
102 days Independent Farhaz III Farhaz Hazarika
Tan Sri Dato Sri Utama
Arthur Lacey-Scott,
Duke Lacey-Scott

आर्थर लेसी-स्कॉट
(born 2002)
12 November
2022
18 March
2023
126 days Congress Farhaz IV
Maha Sri
Ștefan Marius Snagoveanu,
Duke Snagoveanu

स्टीफन मारियस स्नागोवीनु
(born 2004)
18 March
2023
14 June
2023
88 days Independent
Maha Sri
Farhaz Hazarika,
Duke Hazarika

फ़रहाज़ हज़ारिका
(born 2003)
14 June
2023
Incumbent 101 days Congress

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