Smriti Irani Current Affairs
Union Cabinet Ministers and Ministers of State who assumed office following expansion of Council of Ministers and changes in portfolios are
- Venkaiah Naidu: Ministry of Information & Broadcasting
- Ananth Kumar: Ministry of Parliamentary Affairs
- Prakash Javdekar: Ministry of Human Resource Development
- Ravi Shankar Prasad: Ministry of Law & Justice
- Narendra Singh Tomar: Ministry of Rural Development Ministry
- Smriti Zubin Irani: Ministry of Textiles
Ministers of State
- Vijay Goel: Ministry of Youth Affairs & Sports (Independent Charge)
- Piyush Goyal: Ministry of Mines (Independent Charge)
- Anil Madhav Dave: Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change (Independent Charge).
- Santosh Kumar Gangwar: Ministry of Finance
- Faggan Singh Kulaste: Ministry of Health & Family Welfare
- S. Ahluwalia: Ministry of Parliamentary Affairs
- Ramdas Athawale: Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment
- Rajen Gohain: Ministry of Railways
- Jayant Sinha: Ministry of Civil Aviation
- Arjun Ram Meghwal: Ministry of Finance and Corporate Affairs
- Mahendra Nath Pandey: Ministry of Human Resource Development
- Ajay Tamta: Ministry of Textiles
- Anupriya Patel: Ministry of Health & Family Welfare
- R. Chaudhary: Ministry of Consumer Affairs, Food & Public Distribution
- P. Chaudhary: Ministry of Law & Justice
Indian President Pranab Mukherjee presented the Saakshar Bharat Awards, 2014 at International Literacy Day which was celebrated by the National Literacy Mission Authority, Union Ministry of Human Resource Development at special celebrations organized at Vigyan Bhawan.
In his speech he expressed satisfaction on the improved and increased stress on education of the girl child and also merging the prevalent gender biases, by the new government. “If the mission enables the Indian woman to take charge of her life and health and feel more confident in her immediate physical and social environment; if literacy helps her to overcome deprivation, discrimination and injustice, then we can say that an important objective has been achieved,” he added.
He laid notable focus on educating weaker and deprived sections of the society while suggesting ways to raise the percentage of national literacy to international standards of 84%. His emphasis was both on tangible and intangible aspects of the education and literacy. He appreciated the target of 80% literacy in India by 2017 as outlined by the government.
Smt. Smriti Irani in her speech, expressed the importance of education in today’s world and said the celebrations were to make the public aware of the role education can play in their lives and help steer a great change in the society. She brought up the facts that the literacy rate of 73% was not reflected in the female population which is a matter of grave concern for the government.
The function was attended by other dignitaries, guests and beneficiaries and functionaries of adult education programme.