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It's time for Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman to prove critics wrong

Sitharaman was elevated to the cabinet rank on Sunday and given the defence portfolio

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

It's time for Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman to prove critics wrong
Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman (left), with her predecessor Arun Jaitley, as she takes charge at her office at South Block in New Delhi on Thursday. Photo: PTI

on Thursday took charge of the defence ministry, becoming the first full-time woman of the country.

She took charge in the presence of her predecessor who was given the additional charge of the key ministry in March after quit the union cabinet to become the chief minister of Goa.


Sitharaman was elevated to the cabinet rank on Sunday and given the defence portfolio.

A priest held prayers in the defence minister's chamber before she assumed charge.

Senior officials of the ministry were present and she briefly interacted with them after taking over as the minister.

She became the first full-time woman and the second woman to take charge of the key portfolio. Indira Gandhi, as then Prime Minister, had also held the portfolio in the seventies.

As the Defence Minister, Sitharaman will be a member of the crucial Cabinet Committee on Security whose members include the Prime Minister, the Home Minister, the External Affairs Minister and the Finance Minister.

First Published: Fri, September 08 2017. 00:50 IST
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