Several newly-appointed ministers of the Gujarat government took charge of their offices at the secretariat on Saturday, with some choosing auspicious times and others with relatives for blessings. The ministers who took charge included Kanu Desai, Jitu Vaghani, Rushikesh Patel, Raghavji Patel, Naresh Patel, Harsh Sanghvi, Brijesh Merja, Kirtisingh Vaghela, Manisha Vakil and Vinod Mordia.
Many of them began their ministerial stints with a meeting with officials, Vaghani, along with the Minister of Education and Science and Technology, approved Rs 7.83 crore as financial aid for 906 student beneficiaries. Finance Minister Kanu Desai met officials of the State Electricity Board, and said he would “carry forward the work done by previous chief ministers like Narendrabhai (Modi), Anandiben (Patel) and Vijay Rupani”.
Health and Family Welfare and Medical Education Minister Rushikesh Patel said after taking charge that the government will continue to emphasize on free COVID-19 vaccination. Patel, who is also in-charge of the Ministry of Water Resources and Supplies, said work would continue to provide tap water to every household in the state.
Tribal Affairs Minister Naresh Patel took charge by bringing a priest for the puja, while Social Justice and Empowerment Minister Pradeep Parmar took charge at an auspicious time after taking blessings of his parents. Minister of State for Health, Medical Education and Tribal Affairs Nimisha Suthar said that her department will do everything possible to ensure 100% vaccination in tribal areas of Gujarat.
Harsh Sanghvi along with his family offered prayers at his office and took over as the Minister of State for Home. and later held a meeting with the state’s Director General of Police Ashish Bhatia and other senior officials. Governor Acharya Devvrat had on Thursday administered the oath of office and secrecy to 10 cabinet ministers and 14 ministers of state, including five with independent charge.