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Woman Defence Minister biggest signs of women empowerment: Randeep Hooda

Woman Defence Minister biggest signs of women empowerment: Randeep Hooda”

The 53-year-old Bharatiya Janata Party man is likely to be elevated as the Railway Minister, a prestigious portfolio in Narendra Modi's cabinet. "Otherwise, it is impossible", she told reporters here soon after taking oath. Earlier this week, six ministers resigned to make way for the new crop.

In past, late Prime Minister Indira Gandhi had held the portfolio of defence twice - from December 1 to December 21 in 1975, and January 14, 1980 to January 15, 1982. Absolutely. I think the Prime Minister has always supported women but today I think he has sent a very big message.

Sitharaman takes over the charge of the ministry from Arun Jaitley, who has been taking care of both Finance and defence Ministry for some time now.

Jaitley also hailed his successor Sitharaman calling her a very "competent" person for the portfolio, and said her appointment sent a positive message globally. As per reports four ministers from the Cabinet will head up for promotion and the names will include those of Dharmendra Pradhan, Nirmala Sitharaman, Piyush Goyal and Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi.

"What is more important is there are going to be 2 women in the Cabinet Committee on Security (CCS), Sushma Ji and me", Sitharaman was quoted as saying by news agency ANI.

After the Trump administration took power, this will be the first formal interaction between trade authorities of the two sides.

In the third reshuffle of the ministry in three years, Nitin Gadkari, who held Road Transport and Highways and Shipping, also got the Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation Ministry that was taken away from Uma Bharti, who moved to Drinking Water and Sanitation. Find us on Facebook too! New people with good administrative experience have been brought in.

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