Panabaka Lakshmi assumes additional charge as MoS Textiles

Last Updated: Thu, Mar 07, 2013 09:10 hrs

Minister of State for Petroleum and Natural Gas Panabaka Lakshmi today assumed the additional charge as Union Minister of State for Textiles.

Speaking on the occasion, Lakshmi said that her first priority after assuming the charge would be for the handloom weavers.

"In the last budget session, the Finance Minister announced two mega clusters - one for Andhra Pradesh and another one for Jharkhand. First of all I want to see immediately to ensure to start the project work," she added.

On the issue of cotton, she said that after discussion with the senior officers, I definitely want to do justice to Andhra cotton growers and remaining parts of India also."

Immediately after assuming the additional charge, she held a meeting with the Senior Officials and reviewed the recent development in the Ministry.

Panabaka Lakshmi hails from Nellore District in Andhra Pradesh and got elected three times from Nellore Lok Sabha Constituency, Nellore District and 4th time from Bapatla Lok Sabha Constituency, Guntur District.

Earlier, she had served as Union Minister of State for Health and Family Welfare from 2004-09 in UPA-I and Union Minister of State for Textiles from May, 2009 to October, 2012 in UPA-II. (ANI)

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