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Agri minister gets additional charge as Paswan goes abroad for treatment

india Updated: May 22, 2017 23:17 IST
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Ramvilas Paswan

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Agriculture minister Radha Mohan Singh was given additional charge of ministry of consumer affairs, food and public distribution on Monday as incumbent Ram Vilas Paswan left for a foreign location for treatment.

Singh will handle these ministries “till such time Paswan is able to resume his work as the minister of consumer affairs, food & public distribution,” said a Rashtrapati Bhavan communiqué. President Pranab Mukherjee also directed that Paswan “shall be designated as a minister without portfolio during the period of his indisposition or till such time he is able to resume his work”. Mukherjee made the announcement after being advised by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Officials in the consumer affairs ministry said Paswan may have left for the USA on Friday for some advanced treatment, which could take about a month.

First Published: May 22, 2017 23:17 IST