J P Nadda takes charge of Union Health Ministry, tells officials to focus on govt’s 100-day agenda

New Delhi, June 11, 2024.

He was allocated the Health Ministry as well as the Chemicals and Fertilizers Ministry on Monday, a day after taking oath as a cabinet minister in the Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led government.

In the previous Modi government, both the ministries were led by Mansukh Mandaviya.

After taking charge, he along with Ministers of State for Health Anupriya Patel and Prataprao Jadhav interacted with senior officials of the Health Ministry.

He is learnt to have told them to focus on the government’s agenda for the first 100 days, especially on extending the coverage under the Ayushman Bharat scheme for people aged 70 years and above.

Nadda’s term as BJP president ended in January and he was given a six-month extension to oversee the Lok Sabha 2024 elections. His term ends in June.

The 63-year-old BJP leader, who holds a law degree, started his political journey with the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP), the students’ wing of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS). He became the president of the Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha (BJYM), the BJP’s youth wing, in 1991.