Smriti Irani took charge as Union Minister of Human Resource Development (HRD) promising higher budgetary spending on education, a national e-library and a Central University on Himalayan Technology.
The youngest in the Modi Cabinet spoke of the importance of consensus building even as the Congress questioned how a non-graduate could be made HRD minister. While she stopped short of making any major announcements, saying she would first take stock of the ministry and discuss issues with her bureaucrats, Irani said that assurances given in the BJP manifesto would be worked upon.
“We had highlighted the initiatives we would take up in our manifesto. Currently, public spending on education is 3.38 per cent of the GDP; we will make efforts to increase it to 6 per cent,” Irani told reporters.
Asked if she had expected a significant portfolio such as HRD at such a young age, Irani said she was “honoured” to be in a position that was once occupied by veteran leader Murli Manohar Joshi.
When asked for comments on her predecessor Kapil Sibal’s policies and the many pending legislation, Smriti Irani only said all decisions would be taken by consensus.
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