Ajay Bhatt took over as Minister of state for defence on July 8, 2021. After assuming charge, he called on Defence Minister Rajnath Singh at his office in South Block. Defence Secretary Dr Ajay Kumar and other senior officials of Ministry of Defence received Ajay Bhatt and welcomed him into his office. Ajay Bhatt is a Member of Parliament from Nainital-Udham Singh Nagar constituency, Uttarakhand. He is the member of Standing Committee on Defence; Consultative Committee, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare; Committee on Subordinate Legislation; Joint Committee on the Personal Data Protection Bill 2019 and Committee on Estimates. He had, earlier, served as Cabinet Minister in Uttarakhand government.