Maneka Gandhi assumes charge of Women, Child Development Ministry

Animal rights activist and environmentalist Maneka Gandhi today assumed charge of the Women and Child Development Ministry.

PTI| Updated: May 28, 2014, 13:29 PM IST

New Delhi: Animal rights activist and environmentalist Maneka Gandhi today assumed charge of the Women and Child Development Ministry.

Immediately after taking charge, she held a meeting with the Secretary and the Joint Secretaries.

The officials also gave a presentation on the work being undertaken by the Ministry.

"She was a listener and we were the speakers during the meeting," an official who attended the meeting said.

The new Minister has been allotted the former Coal minister`s office on the third floor in Shastri Bhavan.

With the new BJP-led government coming to the Centre, the women and child development ministry has been upgraded to cabinet rank.

This is being seen as a positive development by activists who feel the ministry can now be involved in policy decisions and play a proactive role.