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Irani says looking forward to making India strong in textile sector

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New Delhi, July 6 (ANI): Shaking off suggestions that she had been demoted in the uni0on council of ministers, former human resource development (HRD) minister Smriti Irani said Wednesday she is looking forward to her ministerial stint in the textile ministry and is determined to strengthen India's presence in this sector.

Taking to Twitter, Irani thanked Prime Minister Narendra Modi for giving her another opportunity to serve the nation in a new capacity and congratulated her successor in the HRD ministry and former environment and forest minister Prakash Javadekar and wished him well in his new assignment.

She said, "I thank PM @narendramodi ji for giving me the opportunity to serve the country earlier in the @HRDMinistry & now in the @TexMinIndia. Look forward to working with officials at @TexMinIndia for strengthening the very important textile & apparel sector of our country."

Irani also congratulated former Minister of State for Textiles (Independent Charge) Santosh Gangwar after he was moved to the Ministry of Finance and said that she appreciated his message of support for her role in the textile ministry.

She tweeted, "Congratulated @santoshgangwar ji for his contribution to @TexMinIndia & thanked him for assuring his support as I begin my new assignment."

"I thank officials from @HRDMinistry for the consistent support in realising PM @narendramodi's vision of ensuring quality education for all. In last 2 years all initiatives of @HRDMinistry have been towards increasing learning outcomes for students & improving quality of education. SWAYAM which allows students to choose subject from 500 online courses & marks a paradigm shift in credit system will be rolled out soon. Am glad NEP 2016 which has been drafted after exhaustive consultations & right now seeking feedback from citizens will soon be released," she tweeted.

"Extended best wishes to @PrakashJavdekar ji who assured that he will build upon the initiatives undertaken by @HRDMinistry in last 2 years," she added.

In yesterday's cabinet reshuffle, the third since Narendra Modi assumed office on May 26, 2014, 19 new cabinet ministers were sworn in. Javadekar was elevated to cabinet rank and given the HRD Ministry, while Irani was moved out to textiles as it was reportedly perceived that her HRD stint was laced with controversies. (ANI)

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