(Written by Sanjib Kr Baruah)
7 August 2014 - Sending out a clear indication of new challenges and priorities, the Narendra Modi government has decided to change the names of several key ministries.
The ministry of environment & forests will be known as the ministry of environment, forests, and climate change. Prime Minister Modi is already the author of a book on climate change called Convenient Action: Gujarat’s Response to Challenges of Climate Change.
Underlining the importance of the salvaging and ship-breaking industry in India, the ministry of shipping will become the ministry of shipping and ship-breaking. Incidentally, Alang in Gujarat, which recycles about half of all ships salvaged around the world, is considered the world’s largest ship-breaking yard.
The ministry of water resources has been renamed the ministry of water resources, Ganga rejuvenation and river development, a clear indication that cleaning the Ganga is high on the government’s list of priorities.
The government has decided to hand over the skill development department to the sports and youth affairs ministry, which will now be known as the ministry of skill development, entrepreneurship, youth affairs and sports.
“Skill development is a dream project of the Prime Minister and we are all set to take up the new challenge,” a top ministry official told HT.