‘I will try my best’, Scindia on taking charge over Steel Ministry

New Delhi, ( Civil Aviation Minister Jyotiraditya Scindia on Thursday assumed additional charge of the Steel Ministry. After the resignation of Steel Minister RCP Singh, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has given Scindia additional charge of the ministry. Scindia tweeted and said, Today, as per the orders of Hon’ble Prime Minister Shri @narendramodi ji, took charge of the Ministry of Steel. I will try my best to discharge this new responsibility with the blessings of all well wishers. Scindia, 51, who represents Madhya Pradesh in the Rajya Sabha, is the Minister of Civil Aviation in the Modi cabinet. He is the third minister in the current government to hold the portfolio of Steel.

Scindia took charge at Udyog Bhawan here in the presence of Steel Secretary Sanjay Kumar Singh and other senior officials. Union Minority Affairs Minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi and Steel Minister RCP Singh had resigned from their posts on Wednesday. Both the leaders had resigned from the post due to the end of the Rajya Sabha term. The Rajya Sabha tenure of Naqvi and Singh ends today. BJP did not give ticket to Naqvi in the biennial elections of Rajya Sabha this time. He was also not made a candidate in the recently held by-election to Rampur Lok Sabha seat. On the other hand, the Janata Dal (U) also did not send RCP Singh to the Rajya Sabha. Due to this both the leaders resigned from the post of ministers. After Naqvi’s resignation, union Women and Child Development Minister Smriti Irani has been given additional charge of the Ministry of Minority Affairs. (HS)