Animal rights activist and environmentalist Maneka Gandhi assumed charge of the women and child development ministry on Wednesday.
Immediately after taking charge, she held a meeting with the secretary and the joint secretaries.
The officials also gave a presentation on the work being undertaken by the ministry.
"She was a listener and we were the speakers during the meeting," an official who attended the meeting said.
The new minister has been allotted the former coal minister's office on the third floor in Shastri Bhavan.
With the new BJP-led government coming to the Centre, the women and child development ministry has been upgraded to cabinet rank.
This is being seen as a positive development by activists who feel the ministry can now be involved in policy decisions and play a proactive role.