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Annapurna Devi succeeds Smriti Irani as women and child development minister

Source: PTI   -  Edited By: Senjo M R
June 10, 2024 21:45 IST
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Bharatiya Janata Party leader from Jharkhand Annapurna Devi has been appointed as the new women and child development minister as part of the National Democratic Alliance government's third term.

IMAGE: BJP leader Annapurna Devi takes oath as Union cabinet minister in the Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led NDA government, at Rashtrapati Bhawan, in New Delhi, June 9, 2024. Photograph: ANI Photo

Savitri Thakur is the new minister of state in the ministry of women and child development, according to an official statement.


With challenges such as raising the legal age of marriage for women, combating malnutrition among women and children, and addressing women's safety issues, the new ministers face a formidable agenda.

Devi, 55, succeeds Smriti Irani in this role.

Her political journey began with her election to the Bihar legislative assembly in a 1998 by-election.

She later served as minister of state for mines and geology in the Rashtriya Janata Dal government of undivided Bihar.

From 2005 to 2014, Devi was a member of the Jharkhand Legislative Assembly and became a cabinet minister in Jharkhand in 2012, overseeing the ministry of irrigation, women & child welfare, and registration.

She joined the Bharatiya Janata Party ahead of the 2019 Lok Sabha elections, contesting from Koderma on the party's ticket. She defeated Babulal Marandi of the Jharkhand Vikas Morcha (Prajatantrik) by a substantial margin of 4.55 lakh votes.

In her latest victory, she retained the Koderma seat by defeating Communist Party of India-Marxist Leninist-Liberation's Vinod Kumar Singh by a margin of 3.77 lakh votes.

Devi's influence extends beyond the mica belt of Koderma, impacting the entire state and establishing her as a key figure in the political landscape.

In 2021, Devi, once a close aide of RJD supremo Lalu Prasad, was inducted into the Union government as the minister of state for Education on July 7.

Now, she has secured a seat in the Modi 3.0 government, a move seen as the BJP's strategic effort to consolidate a sizable OBC vote bank ahead of the crucial Assembly elections later this year.

Thakur (46) is the MoS in the WCD ministry. She won from Dhar (Scheduled Tribe reserved) constituency in Madhya Pradesh in the recently concluded Lok Sabha polls and was sworn in on

Sunday as a minister of state in the Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led government.

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