Smriti Irani Monday took charge as the Union Women and Child Development (WCD) Minister and vowed to fulfill her commitment towards empowering women and creating a better tomorrow for children. She was welcomed by senior officials of the ministry and Minister of State in the WCD Ministry Debashree Chaudhuri.
Soon after assuming charge, Ms Irani held a meeting with all senior officials of the ministry. "Grateful to PM Narendra Modi for reposing his faith and giving me an opportunity to contribute to the well-being of children & foster Women-led Development. We will continue to fulfill our commitment towards empowering women and creating a better tomorrow for our children(sic)," she said in a tweet soon after assuming charge and posted pictures of her meeting the officials.
The Amethi MP has retained the charge of Textiles Ministry, a portfolio she held during the first term of the Narendra Modi government.
She had met her predecessor Maneka Gandhi on Saturday to discuss important issues in the ministry and the way forward in tackling them. Ms Irani emerged as a 'giant slayer' after defeating Congress president Rahul Gandhi in Uttar Pradesh's Amethi.
Earlier, newly-appointed Women and Child Development Minister Smriti Irani said on May 31 she is "committed to taking all appropriate steps" to ensure women empowerment and welfare of children in the country.
Congratulating her colleague and the Minister of State for Women and Child Development Debasree Chaudhuri, Irani sent her best wishes to the lawmaker from West Bengal's Raiganj.
From tackling malnutrition and stunted growth among children to drafting the regulations for sexual harassment at work place, a host of challenges await Smriti Irani, who was appointed as the Women and Child Development Minister.
(With inputs from ANI)