Minister of State for External Affairs (Vishwamitra)

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Minister of State for External Affairs
विदेश राज्यमंत्री
Incumbent
Ezekiel Ensor

since 13 October 2023
Ministry of External Affairs
StyleThe Right Honourable
Member of
Reports toPrime Minister
Minister of External Affairs
NominatorPrime Minister
AppointerThe Rashtradhyaksh
on the recommendation of the Prime Minister
Term lengthAt His Illustrious and Royal Majesty's pleasure
Formation10 July 2016;
7 years, 4 months ago
First holderBhargab Jyoti Medhi

The Minister of State for External Affairs (Hindi: विदेश राज्यमंत्री), commonly shortened as State Minister for External Affairs is the junior minister in the External Affairs 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 External Affairs was Bhargab Jyoti Medhi who was appointed by prime minister Dhrubajyoti Roy on 2 October 2016, a few months after the creation of the ministry in July 2016. The current minister of state is Ezekiel Ensor who has been in office since 13 October 2023.

The Minister of State for External Affairs often assists their senior ministerial colleague, the Minister of External Affairs and also carries out duties and heads various departments within the ministry. The minister of state for external affairs has occasionally simultaneously served as the minister of state in the Ministry of International Relations.

History and records

The position of the Minister of State for External Affairs was established following the creation of the Ministry of External Affairs on 10 July 2016. Since the first ever occupant of the ministry, Saikat Seal held the rank as a minister of state with independent charge, no minister of state was appointed thereupon. On 2 October 2016, Bhargab Jyoti Medhi was appointed as the first minister of state for external affairs. The current minister of state is Ezekiel Ensor who has been in office since 13 October 2023.

Nineteen individuals have served as the minister of state for external affairs of whom two - Tyler Mullins and Rafe Burfield continued to serve as the minister of state despite their promotion as a cabinet minister. Rafe Burfield also holds the record of being the only ever former minister of state to be appointed as cabinet minister of external affairs and that too immediately after relinquishing the duties as minister of state. Only one former minister of state for external affairs went on to become the prime minister - Farhaz Hazarika, who served as minister of state for external affairs between 31 January and 1 March 2021.

Roles and duties

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

  • Department of International Relations
  • Department of Diplomatic Relations
  • Department of Overseas Territories
  • Department of Foreign Trade
  • Diplomatic corps

Ministers of State for External Affairs

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

Portrait Minister
(Birth-Death)
Term of office Political party Ministry Prime Minister
From To Period
Minister of State for External Affairs
Bhargab Jyoti Medhi
(born 2001)
2 October
2016
30 December
2016
89 days Children's Group Secular Party Dhrubajyoti III Dhrubajyoti Roy
30 December
2016
12 April
2017
Friends Society Independent Party Dhrubajyoti IV
Manoj Chetry
(born 2005)
12 April
2017
5 July
2017
84 days Baishya III Sarala Baishya
Tusharjit Deka
(born 2006)
5 July
2017
7 September
2017
64 days Friends Society Secular Party Tanishkaa II Tanishkaa Patranabish
Sampriti Paul
(born 2004)
7 September
2017
25 December
2017
109 days
25 December
2017
21 March
2018
Dhrubajyoti V Dhrubajyoti Roy
Parliamentary Secretary to the Secretary of State
Harlong Terang
(born 2005)
14 May
2018
12 October
2018
151 days Friends Societal Congress Tanishkaa III Tanishkaa Patranabish
Dhrubajyoti Roy
Minister of State for External Affairs
Jemina Hazarika
(born 2006)
MP for Basistha Rural
7 January
2019
13 March
2019
65 days Friends Societal Congress Tanishkaa IV Tanishkaa Patranabish
Sampriti Paul
(born 2004)
17 March
2019
17 August
2019
153 days Tanishkaa V
Pallavi Rai
(born 2005)
18 August
2019
2 September
2019
15 days
Arpan Deka
(born 2008)
2 September
2019
29 September
2019
27 days
Tusharjit Deka
(born 2006)
29 September
2019
15 October
2019
16 days
Jemina Hazarika
(born 2006)
15 October
2019
16 November
2019
32 days
Arpan Deka
(born 2008)
16 November
2019
24 November
2019
8 days
Abhirup Patranabis
(born 2012)
26 November
2019
9 December
2019
13 days
Tusharjit Deka
(born 2006)
9 December
2019
3 March
2020
85 days
Jemina Hazarika
(born 2006)
MP for Basistha Rural
22 March
2020
29 March
2020
7 days National People's Congress Tanishkaa VI Tanishkaa Patranabish
Tusharjit Deka
(born 2006)
MP for Devkotanagar II
29 March
2020
30 April
2020
32 days
Pallavi Rai
(born 2005)
MP for Beltola National Constituency
13 May
2020
8 June
2020
26 days Tanishkaa VII Tanishkaa Patranabish
Minister of State for Foreign Affairs
Princess Bishakha
(born 2013)
MP for Bhaskarnagar
8 June
2020
17 June
2020
9 days National People's Congress Anoushkaa II Princess Anoushkaa
Minister of State for Foreign Affairs and International Relations
Rajia Hazarika
(born 2008)
MP for Basistha Urban
17 June
2020
28 January
2021
225 days National People's Congress Anoushkaa II Princess Anoushkaa
Farhaz Hazarika
(born 2003)
Unelected
31 January 2021 1 March 2021 29 days National People's Congress Ștefan I Ștefan Marius Snagoveanu
Minister of State for Foreign Affairs
Ezri Ambriz
(born 2007)
MP for Basistha Central
6 March
2021
10 July
2021
126 days National People's Congress Ștefan II Ștefan Marius Snagoveanu
Minister of State for External Affairs
Ezri Ambriz
(born 2007)
MP for Basistha Central
10 July
2021
6 August
2021
27 days National People's Congress Ștefan II Ștefan Marius Snagoveanu
Jayden Dagsa
(born 2008)
MP for Dadara
6 August
2021
11 September
2021
76 days
11 September
2021
21 October
2021
Farhaz I Farhaz Hazarika
Tyler Mullins
(born 1998)
MP for Bhetapara
22 November
2021
17 February
2022[a]
87 days National People's Congress Farhaz II Farhaz Hazarika
Rey Jr. Mancio
(born 2007)
MP for Boragaon
9 February
2022
17 March
2022
36 days
Rafe Burfield
(born 2005)
MP for Chandril

*
12 May
2022
16 July
2022[b]
65 days Independent Farhaz III Farhaz Hazarika
Thomas Jacobs
(born 2008)
MP for Brikshasthana
16 July
2022
30 July
2022
14 days
Arsal Abbas Mirza
(born 2006)
Unelected
31 July
2022
11 November
2022
103 days
Johannes Mattias Toome
(born 2006)
MP for Dhirenpara
12 November
2022
18 March
2023
126 days National People's Congress Farhaz IV
Devin Purcell
(born 2006)
MP for Boragaon
18 March
2023
14 May
2023
57 days Independent
Preetam Kapei
(born 2008)
MP for Maligaon
14 May
2023
12 August
2023
90 days National People's Congress
Johannes Mattias Toome
(born 2006)
MP for Dhirenpara
12 August
2023
9 October
2023
58 days
Ezekiel Ensor
(born 2007)
MP for Rajagriha
13 October
2023
Incumbent 53 days Farhaz V
  1. Tyler Mullins was promoted as a cabinet minister on 9 February 2022, however he continued his duties as minister of state for external affairs until 17 February 2022.
  2. Rafe Burfield was promoted as a cabinet minister on 11 June 2022, however he continued his duties as minister of state for external affairs until his own appointed as cabinet minister for external affairs on 16 July 2022.

See also