The appointment of Mandaviya as the Union Health Minister as well as retaining him as Chemicals and Fertilizers Minister can also be viewed as a strategy of the Modi government to bring much-needed synergies between the two frontline union ministries to win the war against the Covid-19 pandemic, writes Mrinmoy Bhattacharjee of Elets News Network (ENN).
In a major Cabinet reshuffle of Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led NDA government on Wednesday, Mansukh Mandaviya takes charge as the Union Minister of Health and Family Welfare. He succeeds Dr Harsh Vardhan.
A Member of Parliament from Gujarat, Mandaviya is amongst the seven ministers elevated to the Union Cabinet in a ceremony held in Rashtrapati Bhavan’s Darbar Hall at 6 pm on Wednesday. The 49-year-old also retains the Ministry of Chemicals and Fertilizers.
Mandaviya’s induction as the union health minister comes at the time when the union government is managing the Covid-19 pandemic’s second wave, which has pressed the country’s healthcare infrastructure and the government is seen to be working vigorously to avert a possible third wave by boosting the national vaccination programme.
The appointment of Mandaviya as the Union Health Minister as well as retaining him as Chemicals and Fertilizers Minister can also be viewed as a strategy of the Modi government to bring much-needed synergies between the two frontline union ministries to win the war against the Covid-19 pandemic.
“Narendra Modi ji and Amit Shah ji have shown trust in me once again and invited me to be a part of this government. I am grateful to both of them,” Mandaviya has said.
Born in Bhavnagar, Gujarat, Mansukh Laxmanbhai Mandaviya holds a Master degree in Political Science from Bhavnagar University. He joined Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) and later climbed up the ladder in BJP. Mandaviya also became the youngest MLA in Gujarat in 2002. At 38, he was elected as an MP of Rajya Sabha from Gujarat. He was inducted into Modi 1.0 government in 2016 and was the Minister of State for Road Transport and Highways, Shipping and Chemical and Fertilizers.
Also, the newly-appointed union health minister represented the country at the UN to speak on ‘2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development’.