Union Minister Kiren Rijiju given additional charge of Ministry of Food Processing Industries

His predecessor, Pashupati Kumar Paras, resigned after the Rashtriya Lok Janshakti Party did not find a place in the seat-sharing arrangement in Bihar

March 20, 2024 05:02 pm | Updated 09:33 pm IST - New Delhi

Kiren Rijiju. File

Kiren Rijiju. File | Photo Credit: PTI

President Droupadi Murmu on Wednesday gave additional charge of the Ministry of Food Processing Industries to Union Minister Kiren Rijiju after accepting the resignation of Pashupati Kumar Paras.

Mr. Paras resigned on Tuesday after his Rashtriya Lok Janshakti Party did not find a place in the seat-sharing arrangement in Bihar for the forthcoming Lok Sabha election. His nephew Chirag Paswan’s Lok Janshakti Party has been given five seats.

“The President of India, as advised by the Prime Minister, has accepted the resignation of Shri Pashu Pati Kumar Paras from the Union Council of Ministers, with immediate effect, under clause (2) of Article 75 of the Constitution,” a press communique from the Rashtrapati Bhavan said.

“Further, as advised by the Prime Minister, the President has directed that Shri Kiren Rijiju, Cabinet Minister, be assigned the charge of the Ministry of Food Processing Industries, in addition to his existing portfolio,” the statement added.

Taking charge, Mr. Rijiju, in a post on social media, thanked Prime Minister Narendra Modi. “While we are in the midst of seeking people’s blessings for Modi ji to serve the people of India, we will not waste a single moment to make India 3rd biggest economy of the world in Modi ji’s 3rd term and to fulfill his ultimate target to make India a fully developed nation by 2047 #ViksitBharat,” Mr. Rijiju said on X.

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