Ministry of Textiles07-March, 2013 13:56 IST
Panabaaka Lakshmi Assumes Additional Charge as Union Minister of State for Textiles

Smt. Panabaaka Lakshmi, Union Minister of State for Petroleum and Natural Gas has assumed the additional charge as Union Minister of State for Textiles here today.

Speaking on the occasion Smt. Panabaaka Lakshmi said that her first priority after assuming the charge would be for the handloom weavers. β€œIn 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.” 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.

Smt. Panabaaka 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.

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