Union Education Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank has resigned from the Ministry, reveal sources. The minister has been keeping unwell. He had contracted the covid-19 virus earlier this year and was hospitalized last month due to post-COVID-19 complications. His health is being cited as the reason behind his resignation. The resignation has come hours ahead of the big cabinet reshuffle of the Modi government. The list of new ministers will be announced today evening by 6 pm.
The new cabinet will comprise of the “youngest-ever” ministers, with a record representation of OBCs, SCs, STs. Further, more women ministers will be appointed in the cabinet, according to sources.
Appointed as Minister of Human Resource and Development (HRD) in 2019, Nishank’s designation had changed to Minister of Education or Shiksha Mantri with the change of name of the Ministry earlier this year. Nishank had replaced Prakash Javadekar in 2019. The political career of Pokhriyal started in 1991 when he first elected from the Karnaprayag, Uttar Pradesh.
The 61-year-old minister was chief minister of Uttarakhand before joining the ministry. He was also a member of the 16th Lok Sabha. Nishank is his pen name. He is an author and writes several novels, stories, and poems. He has written about 44 books in Hindi, many of which have been translated to different languages including English.
Sanjay Dhotre, who holds Union Minister of State for Education, Communications and Electronics & Information Technology has also resigned. Formerly, he was the vice-chairman of Maharashtra Council of Agricultural Education & Research Pune (MCAER). He was also a consultative committee under the Ministry of Agriculture in 2014.
Several other cabinet ministers have resigned including Santosh Gangwar and Raosaheb Danve Patil, Ministers of State, Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution.