Dr Jitendra singh on Thursday assumes charge aa Union Science and Technology Minister – Jitendra Singh.
He has been allocated two new portfolios — the Ministry of Science and Technology and the Ministry of Earth Sciences –with independent charge after a Union cabinet reshuffle.
Later in the day, he will be taking charge as the Earth and Sciences minister.
The two ministries are not new to Singh. He had held these two portfolios for a brief period in 2014 in the first term of the Modi government.
Singh, who is a Minister of State, in the Prime Minister’s Office also holds charge of the sensitive Department of Atomic Energy and Department of Space.
He is also an MoS in the Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pension
“Assumed charge as Minister of State (Independent Charge) of Science & Technology.
Along with the eminent scientific fraternity, it shall be my earnest endeavour to realise PM Sh Narendra Modi’s goal of raising India’s scientific capabilities to new heights and also apply these to bring ease of living for the common man,” Dr singh tweeted.