The President, Ram Nath Kovind administering the oath as Cabinet Minister to Nirmala Sitharaman, at a Swearing-in Ceremony, at Rashtrapati Bhavan, in New Delhi on September 03, 2017. (PIB Photo)
New Delhi, September 3 (IANS) Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Sunday hailed appointment of Union Minister Nirmala Sitharaman as the country’s first, full-fledged Defence Minister, saying it sends “a message globally”.
“It is great for the country, not just for the women. it also sends a message globally,” said Jaitley, who had held charge of Defence after Manohar Parrikar left the post to become Goa Chief Minister earlier this year.
Noting that the Cabinet Committee on Security would now have two women ministers, with Sitharaman joining External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, he said: “Both ladies in CCS have established their competence, both are recognised as ladies with substance, who have earned a front-line position for themselves.”
Asked if women in combat maybe a reality with a woman as Defence Minister, Jaitley quipped: “That was one area in which I wasn’t able to do much.”
Parrikar congratulates Sitharaman on becoming first woman Defence Minister
Panaji, (IANS) Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar on Sunday congratulated his party colleague Nirmala Sitharaman on being appointed the country’s first full-fledged woman Defence Minister.
“Many congratulations to @nsitharaman Ji on becoming India’s next & first full time woman Defence Minister. Wish her all the best,” Parrikar, a former Defence Minister in the Narendra Modi government, tweeted soon after she was sworn-in as cabinet minister and allocated the portfolio.
Parrikar, who served as Defence Minister from 2014 to 2017, returned to state politics after the Goa Assembly elections earlier this year. Finance Minister Arun Jaitley was holding additional charge of the key ministry.
Late Prime Minister Indira Gandhi had twice held charge of Defence.