Shri Lal Chand Kataria
has assumed the charge of Minister of State for Rural Development this
morning. Union Minister Shri Jairam Ramesh welcomed Shri Kataria and
introduced him to senior officials of the Ministry. Later talking to
media, Shri Kataria said that the subject of rural development is very
close to his heart as he himself comes from the rural background. He
also informed his association with the rural development ministry as
member of the Parliamentary Consultative Committee.
Replying to a volley of questions regarding the change of portfolio, the
Minister said that there is no controversy as such, as it is the
prerogative of the Prime Minister to assign portfolios. Shri Kataria
said that his primary focus in the Ministry will be to strenthen MGNREGA
scheme. He also informed that he will take particular interest in the
Rajiv Gandhi Bhawans to be linked with IT in the Panchayats.