Implementation of Sachar Committee Report to address socio-economic issues of Muslim community and UPA’s election promises to minorities will be among the priorities for K Rahman Khan who took oath as Minister for Minority Affairs here today.
“My priority will be to fulfil all the promises made by UPA for minorities in the election manifesto in letter and
spirit and see that Sachar Committee is implemented,” said Khan immediately after the swearing in ceremony.
The veteran Parliamentarian from Karnataka said that he would also try to address issues which people from all minority communities feel have not been fulfilled so far.
The Congress leader also said Rahul Gandhi should lead the party in 2014 Lok Sabha elections and he was “sure” that with his vision for the country,Rahul will be a successful leader.
Asked whether he feels that Muslims have got adequate
representation in the Cabinet with his induction as a Minister,Khan said “it is for the Muslims to understand that they get adequate representation.”
“But I will try to work for the uplift of all minority communities,” the Rajya Sabha MP said.
The 73-year-old leader said Government will work “positively for the development of the country and fulfilment of promises” made to the people and any effort to “tarnish” the image of UPA will be “unacceptable”.
“So we will not be deterred with these adverse publicity,” Khan,who relinquished the charge of Rajya Sabha Deputy Chairman earlier this year,said while replying to a question.
Rahman Khan makes a comeback with Cabinet rank
K Rahman Khan,a veteran Parliamentarian who had a nearly six-year stint as Deputy Chairman of Rajya Sabha,makes a comeback into the Union Council of Ministers with a promotion to Cabinet rank.
The re-entry of 73-year-old leader from Karnataka in the government was anticipated when he relinquished the charge of Rajya Sabha Deputy Chairman earlier this year after which he was re-elected to the House for a fourth term.
A chartered accountant by profession,he became a Minister of State in UPA I.
Khan became Deputy Chairman of Rajya Sabha in 2006 and his handling of the House was by and large appreciated by all sections.
His induction comes close on the heels of resignation of External Affairs Minister S M Krishna,who is a Lok Sabha member from Karnataka.
Khan was a member of the Karnataka Legislative Council and later became its chairman in 1993 before being elected to the Rajya Sabha in 1995.
He had been a member of Joint Parliamentary Committee on functioning of Wakf Boards and the one on Securities Scam.
Born to Khasim Khan,a school teacher and Khairunnisa at Krishnarajpet,Mandya District of Karnataka,Khan did his pre-schooling at a nearby Village. He later joined Banmaya’s College at Mysore.
Married to Ayesha,the couple have five children. Chandresh Kumari Katoch,who is the new face in the Union Cabinet and is the minister of Culture,belongs to a royal family of Kangra,Himachal Pradesh and represents Jodhpur (Rajasthan) constituency in Lok Sabha.
Married to Kangra’s Aditya Katoch,Kumari (68) is the daughter of late Maharaja of Jodhpur Hanwant Singh and represents the Rajput-dominated constituency.
She entered active politics when she was elected as a member of Himachal Legislative Assembly in 1972 and became deputy minister in the state government in 1977.
She has been a three-time MLA from Himachal Pradesh and has been in the Rajya Sabha for one term where she was Deputy Chief Whip of Congress.
Among the junior ministers who were elevated to the Cabinet rank today is Dinsha J Patel (75).
He has held various portfolios as a Minister of State since 2006 and was Minister of State in the Ministry of Mines (Independent Charge) since 2011.
Congress had fielded Patel,a five-time MP,against Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi in the 2007 assembly elections.
Another Minister who has been elevated to the Cabinet rank is Ajay Maken.
The 48-year-old has been active in students’ politics in Delhi and has been a member of the Delhi Legislative Assembly.
M M Pallam Raju is yet another junior minister who has become a Cabinet minister.
Raju (50) comes from a political family with his grandfather (late Mallipudi Pallam Raju) being a freedom fighter and his father (M S Sanjeevi Rao) being a Union Minister. He was first elected to Lok Sabha in 1989 and was the youngest MP in the 9th Lok Sabha.
An entrepreneur in the field of Information Technology,he was on the boards of a few companies.
A senior advocate in the Supreme Court,Ashwani Kumar too has been elevated as a Cabinet minister.
The 59-year-old was the Additional Solicitor General in the 1990s and was the Congress spokesperson during the 2009 Lok Sabha polls.