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Rathore replaces Smriti Irani, Piyush Goyal to look after Jaitley's portfolios

IANS  |  New Delhi 

In a reshuffle of portfolios effected on Monday by Narendra Modi, was moved out of the and Rajyavardhan Rathore, who had been a of State in the Ministry since November 2014, was given its independent charge.

Rathore is also of State (Independent Charge) of Youth Affairs and Sports.

Similarly, Railway and has been given temporary charge of the Finance and Corporate Affairs ministries until recovers from his Jaitley had undergone at AIIMS in earlier in the day.

According to a Communique issued late evening, S.S. Ahluwalia has been assigned the portfolio of Minister of State, Electronics and in place of

Ahluwalia has been relieved of the charge of Minister of State,

It is the fifth reshuffle of the effected by Modi and came days ahead of the fourth anniversary of the (BJP)-led government when it is planning a major

Irani had earlier been shifted out of the and appointed She was appointed Information and in July last year after stepped down to contest the vice

Irani's tenure at the had seen some controversies.

the ministry's order in April that threatened to take away the accreditation of journalists involved in producing "fake news".

The order, which was withdrawn within hours, had warned that journalists would be denied access to the government even on mere accusation of spreading fake news and could lose their accreditation for a limited period or permanently.

The ministry's move to form a committee with representatives from various ministries to draft regulations for companies had faced opposition from journalists.

The ministry also saw tussle with Prasar Bharati -- which runs Doordarshan and -- over its moves to appoint an officer to its board and fill two key editorial posts with journalists on high salaries.

was also marked by controversy with several awardees protesting against the whittling down of the number of those to be honoured by the to 11.

The had also reportedly conveyed its unhappiness to over the way office of was dragged into the controversy over award ceremony.

Some had also expressed their reservations over the way the ministry had reconstituted two journalist-related bodies under its purview.



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First Published: Mon, May 14 2018. 23:10 IST