Deshmukh takes over as science and technology minister


NEW DELHI, July 19 (IANS): Vilasrao Deshmukh Tuesday took charge as the new science and technology minister, a week after the cabinet reshuffle which saw his ouster from the rural development ministry.

The minister laid to rest allegations that he was peeved over his removal from the rural development ministry and the fact that it was his second shift in the past six months.

`There was no question of my being unhappy. I was not here and was earlier busy with the Mumbai Cricket Association elections. I came back yesterday and took the charge today,` the minister told reporters here, explaining the delay in taking charge.

`Many latest innovations are coming to the aid of the common man. Technology would drive the future,` he added.

On the subject of nuclear energy, the minister said the topic was new for him and he would have to understand a lot before planning anything.


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