2 New Ministers Of State Join Home Ministry: What They Said On Day 1

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2 New Ministers Of State Join Home Ministry: What They Said On Day 1

Ajay Kumar Misra and Nisith Pramanik greeted Home Minister Amit Shah before formally taking charge.

New Delhi:

Ajay Kumar Misra and Nisith Pramanik today took charge as Ministers of State in the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA), a day after they were sworn in with 41 others in the Narendra Modi government’s mega cabinet reshuffle.

In a first since the BJP came to power in 2014, the MHA has three Ministers of State. Besides Mr Misra and Mr Pramanik, Mr Nityanand Rai is a junior minister in the ministry headed by Amit Shah.

G Kishan Reddy, who was earlier a Minister of State in MHA, has been elevated to cabinet minister rank in the latest reshuffle and is now in charge of Culture, Tourism and Northeast development portfolios.

Both Mr Misra and Mr Pramanik greeted Home Minister Shah before formally taking charge at the North Block today. They were accompanied by Union Home Secretary Ajay Bhalla to their offices.

Responding to a question from the media after taking charge, Mr Misra said the Narendra Modi government has handled the Rohingya issue firmly and it is no longer a major problem. “This is not a big issue anymore because effective corrective steps have been taken by the government,” he said.

Mr Misra represents Uttar Pradesh’s Kheri constituency in Lok Sabha. To a question on the upcoming Assembly elections in the state, he said the BJP will win maximum seats in the polls. “We will get full majority in the Assembly,” he told NDTV.

After taking charge as minister, Coochbehar MP Mr Pramanik told NDTV, “I owe a lot to Union Home Minister Amit Shah and would like to learn my way around the ministry under his guidance.”

To a question on post-poll violence in West Bengal, he said necessary steps are being taken to control such incidents. “This is my first day, but all I can say is that necessary steps are being taken,” he said.

The first-time MP declined to comment on the demand for the formation of a separate Union Territory with areas now in north Bengal. “It’s my first day, I don’t want to comment on this,” he said.

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