New Delhi: Putting to rest speculation
over his "unhappiness" at being shifted from the Rural
Development Ministry, Vilasrao Deshmukh on Tuesday took charge as
the new Science and Technology Minister, saying "technology
will drive the future".
Taking over a week after the Cabinet reshuffle,
Deshmukh said, "There was no question of my being unhappy. I
was not here and was earlier busy with the Mumbai Cricket
Association elections. I came back yesterday and took the
When questioned if he felt demoted after his shifting
from Rural Development to Science and Technology, Deshmukh
said, "It is no demotion. The Prime Minister is the chairman
of the department, where I am the vice chairman. How can you
call this demotion?"
He said Science and Technology is the subject of the
The Minister said it was wrong to say that technology
was not reaching the common man. "Many latest innovations were
coming to the aid of the common man. Technology would drive
On his priorities, he said he had yet to understand
the subject before formulating further plans. "I would take a
presentation of the Ministry in the next two days and then
evolve further plans. Let me try to understand the subject and
get acquainted with it first. It is too early now."
On nuclear energy, he said, "This topic is new for me
and I have to understand a lot before I evolve my plans".