Several new ministers assume office

May 27 2014, 21:45 IST
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SummarySeveral new ministers in the Narendra Modi government today took charge of their ministries while heavyweights like Home Minister Rajnath Singh, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and Road Transport and Highways Minister Nitin Gadkari will do so tomorrow.

Several new ministers in the Narendra Modi government today took charge of their ministries while heavyweights like Home Minister Rajnath Singh, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and Road Transport and Highways Minister Nitin Gadkari will do so tomorrow.

Shiv Sena's senior leader Anant Geete did not assume the charge of the Heavy Industries Ministry today as he was believed to be unhappy over his portfolio.

Getting down to business a day after he was sworn in along with 45 others in the new government, Finance and Corporate Affairs Minister Arun Jaitley pledged to contain price rise, restore confidence of investors in the economy and promote growth while keeping the fiscal deficit under check.

Jaitley, who also dons the mantle as Defence minister, said the process of acquiring weapon needs to be accelerated while ensuring that there are no "avoidable controversies".

Though Rajnath will assume charge as Home Minister tomorrow, he directed Home Secretary Anil Goswami to prepare a detailed presentation on the country's internal security situation and other key issues.

He was briefed by the Home Secretary on various issues concerning the ministry.

Swaraj will formally take charge as External Affairs Minister tomorrow but she had a hectiv day today being aprt of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's delegation during his meetings with Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and other SAARC leaders.

Senior BJP leader and former party president Gadkari, the new minister for Road Transport & Highways (RTH) and Shipping will also assume office on Wednesday after returning from Nagpur.

Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said establishment of a National Judicial Commission to give Executive a say in appointment of judges and setting up of an SIT on black money stashed abroad are priority areas for the new government.

Prasad, who is also Minister for Communications and IT, said restoring investor confidence, improving quality of services and establishing broadband highways will be on top of his agenda in this ministry.

Against the backdrop of the Gorakhdham train mishap that has claimed 26 lives, new Railway Minister D V Sadanand Gowda said railway safety was a matter of concern and listed safety, security and speed as his top priorities.

Commerce and Industry Minister Nirmala Sitharaman reaffirmed BJP's stand on FDI in multi-brand retail, indicating that foreign players will not be allowed to open mega stores in the country as it may adversely impact small traders and farmers.

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