MODI’S CABINET INDUCTS FOUR MPs FROM NORTH-EAST: ASGAA’S PRESIDENT, DR RAJKUMAR RANJAN SINGH SWORN IN AS UNION MINISTER OF STATE
Prime Minister, Narendra Modi on Wednesday made a pretentious major reshuffle and expansion of his cabinet, promoted seven existing ministers of state to the rank of the Cabinet, added 36 new faces, and dropped 12 senior ministers
GUWAHATI July 08: Prime Minister, Narendra Modi after having a long discussion with BJP president J.P Nadda and Home Minister Amit Shah, in the presence President of India Ram Nath Kovind, Vice President of India Venkaiah Naidu, Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla made changes to his Cabinet. Thirty-six new ministers joined the Narendra Modi’s mega Cabinet reset on Wednesday in Rashtrapati Bhawan.
12 Union ministers among the big names resigned from the Narendra Modi government on Wednesday. The President of India, as advised by the Prime Minister, has accepted the resignation of the members of the Council of Ministers, with immediate effect.
As PM Narendra Modi is focusing on Northeastern parts of India for its speedy development and prosperity, the following new Union Cabinet Ministers are inducted in Modi’s house from different North Eastern states of India:
1. Shri Sarbananda Sonowal:
• Former MLA and Chief Minister of Assam
• Former Union Ministers of State
• Former students leader
• LLB from Guwahati University
2. Shri Kiren Rijiju:
• Lok Sabha MP from Arunachal Pradesh
• Former Union Minister of state (independent)
• Graduate from Hansraj College, University of Delhi
• Graduate in Law from Campus Law Centre, Faculty of Law, University of Delhi
3. Ms Sushri Pratima Bhoumik
• Lok Sabha MP from Tripura West
• Graduate in Bio Science from Women’s College, Tripura University
• Comes from a humble farming background
4. Dr Rajkumar Ranjan Singh
• Lok Sabha MP from Inner Manipur
• MA, Ph.D from Guwahati University
• Former professor in Geography
• Retired as Director of College Development Council in Manipur University
Lok Sabha MP Dr Rajkumar Ranjan Singh, who took oath in the Union Cabinet on Wednesday, had won the Lok Sabha polls in 2019 from the Inner Manipur seat. Dr Rajkumar Ranjan Singh also serves as the President of All Sanchi (Agar) Growers Association of Assam (ASGAA).
Born on September 1, 1952 at Kongba Makha Nandeibam Leikai, Imphal East district, Dr Singh graduated with an Honours degree from Dhanamanjury College, Imphal under Gauhati University in 1970. He completed his postgraduation in Geography from the Gauhati University in 1972.
After finishing his PhD from the Department of Geography at Gauhati University, he took his first job as a lecturer at Ideal Girls’ College in 1973 and served up to 1984.
After retirement from active service, he took his plunge into electoral politics by joining the BJP in 2013 in BJP.
He contested the Lok Sabha polls in 2014 as a BJP candidate for the Inner Manipur seat but lost. However, he was successful on his second attempt and won the seat in 2019.
Singh has served as the chairman of the BJP’s body on the state vision document, party spokesperson, BJP coordinator to the Election Commission and has also been a part of the office modernization committee.
Besides politics Dr Singh is also associated with ASGAA since its birth on 19th February 2010. ASGAA is a non-profit organization registered as a society to safeguard the indigenous farmers and traders in their respective field, such as nurseries, plantation, marketing and to save the unique eco-biodiversity of Assam State and other North Eastern States of India. ASGAA has got support from the key forest-based stakeholders such as the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change (MoEFCC) through its premier institutes located in North East India.
Dr Singh encourages and leads the Agarwood community from the North Eastern states of India in different activities at National and International level. He plays a vital role to boost the Agarwood plantation and management program in MISSION GREEN VILLAGE at Nagaland. Under his bold leadership, four members from team ASGAA visited Sri Lanka and delivered a very fruitful speech to the international community of Agarwood.