Modi Cabinet reshuffle 2016: Smriti Irani leaves tasks undone along with HRD ministry

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New Delhi | Updated: July 06, 2016 3:53 PM

In a major re-distribution in the biggest Modi government re-shuffle so far, Smriti Irani lost her Human Resource Development (HRD) portfolio to recently promoted cabinet minister Prakash Javadekar.

The most note-worthy aspect of the reshuffle remains that it took place at a time when Smriti Irani was geared up to announce the newly framed education policy. (PTI)The most note-worthy aspect of the reshuffle remains that it took place at a time when Smriti Irani was geared up to announce the newly framed education policy. (PTI)

In a major re-distribution in the biggest Modi government re-shuffle so far, Smriti Irani lost her Human Resource Development (HRD) portfolio to recently promoted cabinet minister Prakash Javadekar.

Even though Modi called the cabinet reshuffle more of an expansion, the move was seen as a strong action by the BJP chief Amit Shah, especially at a time when her ministry was facing a tiff with the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) over provide greater autonomy to the 20 top ‘world-class universities’.

In the budget session this year, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley had announced 10 public and 10 private institutions in India would be provided regulatory infrastructure, for them to emerge as world-class universities.

The tenacious disagreements between the HRD ministry and PMO continued and was followed by another tussle regarding the two proposals of the IIM bill that were rejected by the ministry.

The PMO had earlier said that the IIM bill compromised the autonomy of the prestigious institution.

The most note-worthy aspect of the reshuffle remains that it took place at a time when Smriti Irani was geared up to announce the newly framed education policy.

Leaving behind a long list of unfinished tasks such as the National Academic Depository, Vedic Education Board and the new education policy and being riddled with controversies, the youngest Cabinet Minister will now take charge of the Textile ministry for which the cabinet cleared a Rs 6,000 crore package nearly a fortnight ago.

Despite sacking of two vice-chancellors and facing relentless opposition on the Rohith Vemula case, the HRD ministry saw happy days during its tenure as well like the completion of the four lakh toilets in government schools and clearance of pending appointments in institutions.

Even though Smriti Irani’s stint as the Human Resource Minister has neared its end, her term as India’s new Textile Minister is much-anticipated and so is Prakash Javadekar’s takeover of the prestigious HRD ministry.

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