• Short Summary

    INDIAN PRIME MINISTER, MRS INDIRA GANDHI, YESTERDAY (MONDAY) NAMED HER NEW GOVERNMENT, AND GAVE THE KEY ROLE OF DEALING WITH THE COUNTRY'S FOOD PROBLEM TO THE LEADER OF THE UNTOUCHABLES, THE LOWEST ORDER OF THE HINDU CASTE SYSTEM.

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    INDIAN PRIME MINISTER, MRS INDIRA GANDHI, YESTERDAY (MONDAY) NAMED HER NEW GOVERNMENT, AND GAVE THE KEY ROLE OF DEALING WITH THE COUNTRY'S FOOD PROBLEM TO THE LEADER OF THE UNTOUCHABLES, THE LOWEST ORDER OF THE HINDU CASTE SYSTEM.

    THE NEW CONGRESS PARTY ADMINISTRATION, WHICH CONTAINS 19 CABINET MINISTERS AND 14 MINISTERS OF STATE, HAD ITS FIRST MEETING LAST NIGHT AFTER BEING SWORN IN BY PRESIDENT SARVAPALLI RADHAKRISHNAN.

    MR MORARJI DESAI, MRS GANDHI'S MAIN RIVAL FOR THE PREMIERSHIP UNTIL HE STEPPED DOWN, WAS NAMED AS DEPUTY PRIME MINISTER AND FINANCE MINISTER IN THE NEW ADMINISTRATION. THE CONGRESS PARTY'S MAJORITY IN THE LOWER HOUSE OF PARLIAMENT FELL FROM OVER 200 SEATS TO ABOUT 50 AS A RESULT OF LAST MONTH'S GENERAL ELECTION.

    THE LEADER OF THE UNTOUCHABLE COMMUNITY, MR JAGJIVAN RAM, BECAME MINISTER FOR FOOD AND AGRICULTURE. ONE OF HIS IMMEDIATE TASKS WILL BE TO TACKLE THE FAMINE IN HIS HOME STATE OF BIHAR, AND SERIOUS FOOD SHORTAGES IN THE REST OF THE COUNTRY. MR RAM, WHO IS 58, HAS LONGER CABINET EXPERIENCE THAN ANY OTHER MINISTER.

    FOUR OF THE GOVERNMENT'S SENIOR MEMBERS RETAIN THE POSTS THEY HELD IN THE PREVIOUS ADMINISTRATION - MOHAMED ALI CURRIN CHAGLA AS EXTERNAL AFFAIRS MINISTER; Y.B. CHAVAN AS HOME MINISTER; SWARAN SINGH AS DEFENCE MINISTER AND ASOKA MEHTA AS PLANNING MINISTER.

    DR SRIPATI CHANDRASEKHAR HAS BEEN GIVEN RESPONSIBILITY FOR TACKLING THE COUNTRY'S POPULATION PROBLEM AS MINISTER OF STATE FOR HEALTH AND FAMILY PLANNING.

    A SURPRISE ADDITION TO THE CABINET, AND THE YOUNGEST OF THE MINISTERS, IS DR KARAN SINGH, THE 35-YEAR OLD MAHARAJAH OF KASHMIR, WHO BECOMES THE FIRST PRINCE TO HOLD A CABINET POST SINCE INDIA BECAME INDEPENDENT. HE BECAME MINISTER OF TOURISM AND CIVIL AVIATION.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA4KQV7HXUN6KKA6E3C20B3GRQK
    Media URN:
    VLVA4KQV7HXUN6KKA6E3C20B3GRQK
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    14/03/1967
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:05:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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