New Delhi, May 29: Wasting no time, the Manmohan Singh's new cabinet jumped to work on Friday, May 29. The newly inducted ministers took charge after being sworn in on Thursday, May 28 by President Pratibha Patil at the Rashtrapati Bhavan.
Shashi Tharoor, who was appointed as the Minister of State in the Ministry of External Affairs, said he would work towards strengthening India's place in the world.
"India's place in the world is of great importance. India has had an honoured place in the world. I wish to make my own contribution to strengthening that very honoured place," said the former United Nations Diplomat.
Preneet Kaur also took charge as Minister of State in the Ministry of External Affairs along with Tharoor.
Jairam Ramesh, taking charge as the Minister of State (Independent Charge) of the Ministry of Environment and Forests, said he will make sure the country plays a significant role keeping in view the negotiations on global warming which are on agenda later this year.
Kapil Sibal who took charge of the Ministry of Human Resource Development vowed to look into the OBC quota in privat instituitions. Petroleum Minister Murli Deora and Minister of State for Petroleum Jitin Prasada also took charge of their offices.
Ghulam Nabi Azad azad, the new Health Minister succeeding Ramadoss said that the Anti-Smoking Ban was here to stay and that there would be no review of it.
Apart from this External Affairs Minister, SM Krishna and Indian Affairs Minister, Vayalar Ravi are busy with the alleged racist attacks on Indian students in Australia. The new Railways Minister, Mamata Banerjee is trying to heal the damage that Cyclone Aila left behind in her state as well as the Railways.
These were just the highlights of the day as the new inducted minister effectively took charge of their offices just a day after swearing-in.