Pallam Raju promises to work hard towards strengthening the government
Speaking to the mediapersons hours after being sworn in as a union minister, he said his commitment would be to reinforce the government's objectives and deliver them.
"First of all I am very grateful to Congress president Sonia Gandhi, Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh and our leader Rahul Gandhi. I am personally very grateful and I am also grateful for the confidence that has been reposed in so and me many of my colleagues from Andhra Pradesh. We will work hard towards strengthening the government and the party and for bringing a good name to the UPA government and I will, in my capacity try to do justice to the role that I have been chosen for," said Raju.
Meanwhile, Ashwani Kumar who has now been promoted to the cabinet rank as the new Minister of Law and Justice, stressed on the need to implement judicial, legislative and administrative reforms.
"There is a need for judicial reforms, legislative reforms and also there is a need to implement administrative reforms. I will try my best to give the right counsel and right service to the government whenever needed, so that development work does not get stalled. There are a lot of projects, which are awaiting legal advice. To take the work forward would be my priority," said Kumar.
Deepa Dasmunsi, who has given a ministerial berth with the portfolio of Minister of State for Urban Development, attributed her new assignment to all the electorate of her constituency.
The wife of Congress leader and former Union minister Priya Ranjan Dasmunsi, Deepa said that her becoming a minister would help in her plans to set up a super speciality hospital on the lines of All India Institute of Medical Sciences in Rajganj area of India''s eastern state of West Bengal.
The government announced a major cabinet reshuffle on Sunday, where 22 ministers, including ministers of states, were sworn in.
Cabinet ministers sworn in were : K. Rahman Khan, Dinsha Patel, Ajay Maken, Pallam Raju, Ashwini Kumar, Harish Rawat and Chandresh Kumari Katoch.
Ministers of State: Manish Tiwari (independent charge), K. Chiranjeevi (independent charge), Shashi Tharoor, Kodikunnil Suresh, Tariq Anwar, Surya Prakash Reddy, Ranee Narah, Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury, A.H. Khan Chowdhury, Ninong Ering, Deepa Dasmunsi, S. Satyanarayana, Porika Balram Naik, Killi Kruparani, Lalchand Kataria.