"I am grateful to Prime Minister Narendra bhai. Whatever responsibility he has given to me, I will do with best of my abilities. I am ready to take all responsibility and challenge," he told reporters after taking the charge. Asked what is the message the Prime Minister has given to him, 60-year-old Chaudhary said Modi told the new ministers to do all work sincerely and serve the nation and people with dedication.
"Work hard," the Prime Minister has told us, he said. The Banaskantha (Gujarat) MP said he has been elected to Lok Sabha four times and with 22 years of experience in public life he would be able to do justice to the job. Asked about the reported ban on foreign travel of Ministers ordered by the Prime Minister, Chaudhary said there was no ban on travel, but everyone has been advised not to go out during Parliament session.
"But If someone wants to go, he can go and take permission from the Parliamentary Affairs Minister," he said.
Prime MInister Narendra Modi met the newly-appointed ministers, discussing their conduct in the Parliament. He also set the guidelines for the ministers, which include avoiding leaves and travelling abroad with family and friends. He also asked the ministers not to discuss decisions taken by the Cabinet ministry outside, unless it is being directed to do so.
In the Cabinet reshuffle, 21 ministers were inducted in the Cabinet and the existing ones had a minor changes in their profiles.