Culture ministry gets three new leaders ahead of 75th Independence next year

Culture ministry gets three new leaders ahead of 75th Independence next year

Hummingbird News Desk

NEW DELHI, 8 JULY: In the major Cabinet reshuffle of Union government, the Culture Ministry got three new leaders on Thursday with Minister G. Kishan Reddy and Ministers of State (MoS) Meenakshi Lekhi and Arjun Ram Meghwal taking charge of their offices, replacing former MoS (independent charge) Prahlad Singh Patel.

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In the Cabinet reshuffle on Wednesday, Mr. Patel was given the portfolios of MoS Jal Shakti and Food Processing, a step down from being MoS (independent charge).

The change comes at a time when the government is all set to mark 75 years of Independence next year and is planning to open a new Museum on Prime Ministers.

Mr Reddy has also been assigned the charge of Union Minister of Tourism as well as Development of North-Eastern Region. He was earlier holding the charge of Minister of State in the Ministry of Home Affairs.

Mr Reddy  was elected as a Member of Parliament to 17th Lok Sabha in 2019, from Secunderabad Constituency, Telangana.

He has led several unique initiatives like his work for the child-heart patients which became a movement and won him the Best Child-Friendly Legislator Award in the AP Legislative Assembly by UNICEF (United Nations). He also started a campaign against terrorism and organised International Youth Conference against Terrorism (IYCT) in New Delhi in which over 193 delegates participated from over 54 countries. He also conducted “Seema Suraksha JagaranYatraand ‘Telangana PoruYatra’.

Mr Reddy has also received the Outstanding Youth Leadership Award for the year2009 by Maryland India Business Round Table (MIBRT), USA and Conferred a medal by Union of Bulgarian Commandos for his contribution towards Global Peace at Sophia, Bulgaria.

Ms Meenakshi Lekhi is an advocate by profession and elected Member of Lok Sabha since 2014 from New Delhi Parliamentary Constituency. She has been a member of several committees including important Drafting Committees for Bills.

Mr Arjun Ram Meghwal is member of Lok Sabha since 2009 from Bikaner Constituency in Rajasthan. Prior to his new charge, he was holding charge of Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs and Heavy Industries and Public Enterprises. 

He has also served as MoS in Ministry of Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation; and Union Minister of State in Ministry of Finance; and Ministry of Corporate Affairs. 

During his 2nd term as an MP, he was Chief Whip of Bhartiya Janta Party in Lok Sabha. Speaker of Lok Sabha also nominated him as the Chairman of House Committee, Lok Sabha. He has served as member of several important committees. He was awarded the Best Parliamentarian in 2013.

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