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No more a people ministry for Birender Singh, now the steel minister

The 70-year-old law graduate from Haryana's Rohtak would now have to preside over an ailing sector, desperately looking for protection from the government

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Cabinet Reshuffle

Megha Manchanda & Jyoti Mukul  |  New Delhi 

Chaudhary Birender Singh swapped his portfolio with Narendra Singh Tomar albeit the ministry of mines allotted to younger colleague Piyush Goyal. Singh, who earlier held the charge of the ministries of rural development, panchayati raj and drinking water and sanitation, now will be the minister of steel.

The 70-year-old law graduate from Haryana’s Rohtak would now have to preside over an ailing sector desperately looking for protection from the government. With a debt burden estimated at Rs 2 lakh crore, steel besides power and roads are at the core of distress in the banking ...

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First Published: Wed, July 06 2016. 23:57 IST
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