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Smriti Irani loses Information and Broadcasting ministry, Piyush Goyal given finance ministry

Smriti Irani loses Information and Broadcasting ministry, Piyush Goyal given finance ministry

Also, Union Railway Minister Piyush Goyal will be taking over the additional position of the Finance Ministry, which had been with Arun Jaitley from 2014.

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After the removal from the I&B ministry and earlier removal from the HRD ministry, Smriti Irani's portfolio has now shrunk to the textiles ministry.

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Two other minor changes were made to the Cabinet - BJP national vice-president SS Ahluwalia was made the new Minister of State for Electronics, and Tourism Minister Alphons Kannanthanam, who held the portfolio earlier, was relieved of his duties. Prime Minister Narendra Modi showing his extreme faith on the Athens Olympic medallist Rathore has given him independent charge of the I&B Ministry. Goyal is also the Railway Minsiter of the country. A month after she took charge, Irani objected to the Press Trust of India releasing a photograph of men wearing masks of Modi and Janata Dal (United) Chief Nitish Kumar on the occasion of Friendship Day.

Irani will remain India's minister of textiles. Authoritative sources say that this would perhaps be the first ever instance in any government of an erstwhile party treasurer tasked with raising party funds getting charge of the Ministry of Finance. Also before that, the PIB directive of cracking down on fake news lead to massive outrage which was withdrawn post direct intervention from the PMO. There had been speculation about her departure since the PMO, in an unusual public rebuke, ordered the reversal of the ministry's controversial guidelines purportedly meant to tackle "fake news".

This is the second time that Irani has been moved from a key ministry. He will now be serving as the MoS in Ministry of Electronics, and Information Technology. The finance ministry on Monday asked the board of Allahabad Bank to take away all powers of its CEO and MD Usha Ananthasubramanian after the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) named her in the $2-billion Nirav Modi scam.


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