Third change in less than a week, Anand Sharma gets a new MoS
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In the third change in the Council of Ministers since last Sunday's reshuffle, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Friday moved Minister of State (MoS) in the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy S Jagathrakshakan to the Ministry of Commerce and Industry.
DMK MP Jagathrakshakan was MoS, Information & Broadcasting, before he was moved to New and Renewable Energy in Sunday's reshuffle. This was done to bring in Manish Tewari as MoS (Independent Charge), I&B.
A communique on Friday announced that Jagathrakshakan was being transferred as a junior minister to Commerce Minister Anand Sharma. Sharma already has D Purandeswari as MoS.
The first change after the reshuffle came when Jitin Prasada, who was allotted Defence and Human Resource Development, lost Defence within hours. Jitendra Singh, who was elevated as MoS (Independent Charge), Youth Affairs & Sports, was then made a junior minister for Defence along with fellow MP from Rajasthan, Lalchand Kataria.
Two days later, on October 30, Kataria was moved as MoS to the Ministry of Rural Development. Shipping was given as additional portfolio to Milind Deora, MoS for Communications & Information Technology; while MoS, Health and Family Welfare Panabaka Lakshmi was moved to Petroleum & Natural Gas.
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