Former BCCI president Anurag Thakur has been appointed as the new Youth Affairs and Sports Minister replacing Kiren Rijiju. (More Sports News)
The 46-year-old former Cricket Board President was given charge of Information and Broadcasting ministry along with sports after he took oath as a cabinet minister.
Thakur who remained BCCI president from May 2015 to February 2017 was earlier Minister of State for Finance and Corporate Affairs and has been promoted as Prime Minister Narendra Modi went for a complete overhaul of his cabinet.
Thakur has served as BCCI secretary as well as president of Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association.
His brother Arun Dhumal is currently BCCI treasurer.
After taking oath as the union cabinet minister Anurag tweeted, “I am honoured to serve the people of India as a Union Cabinet Minister and take this opportunity to express my sincere gratitude to Prime Minister narendramodi ji for entrusting me with this responsibility.”
I am honoured to serve the people of India ðÂÂÂÂÂÂ®ðÂÂÂÂÂÂ³ as a Union Cabinet Minister and take this opportunity to express my sincere gratitude to Prime Minister Sh @narendramodi ji for entrusting me with this responsibility.#Govt4Growth pic.twitter.com/G3PjWrcqay— Anurag Thakur (@ianuragthakur) July 7, 2021
Thakur has won from his constituency Hamirpur four times in succession.
Thakur born on October 24, 1974, is a graduate from Doaba College, Jalandhar.
Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur has congratulated Anurag for his elevation as Union cabinet minister.
Thakur is among the six ministers who have been promoted to the cabinet rank.
Rijiju, Hardeep Singh Puri, Parshottam Rupala, G Kishan Reddy, Mansukh Mandaviya are the other promoted ministers.
Rijiju was appointed as the minister of state for sports in May 2019, replacing Olympic silver-medallist Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore.
Along with the Independent charge of the Sports and Youth Affairs, Rijiju also served as the minister of state for minority affairs before being given temporary charge of Ministry of Ayush. (with inputs from Agencies)