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Published: Wed, September 06, 2017
Economy | By Melissa Porter

Challenges daunting, but I'll give my best: Hardeep Puri

Challenges daunting, but I'll give my best: Hardeep Puri

Hardeep Singh Puri, who served as India's permanent representative to the United Nations in 2014, was sworn in today as a Minister of State in the Narendra Modi government's third cabinet re-shuffle since their win in 2014. As on July 31, 2017, the ministry has sanctioned over 23.92 lakh houses for the urban poor.

M Venkaiah Naidu had held the housing and urban affairs portfolio before he was picked as the NDA's vice-presidential nominee.

To a query over Modi inducting people with proven administrative abilities in his new team, he said "if you see, they are not only bureaucrats but they also come with experience in their respective fields.it will prove to be good".

Nine new ministers took oath on Sunday. His first major official engagement would be to attend the inauguration of the first phase of Lucknow Metro on September 5.

Puri Retired from the Indian Foreign Service on February 28, 2013 and joined the International Peace Institute (IPI), New York, a non-profit think tank with headquarters in New York and offices in Vienna and Manama.

His four-decade career in diplomacy included critical roles as India's ambassador to Brazil and the United Kingdom, and Permanent Representative of India to Geneva.

He has served as India's Permanent Representative to the United Nations (UN) in NY (2009-2013) and Geneva (2002-2005).

He also Held Ambassadorial level assignments in London and Brasilia and served as Permanent Representative of India to the United Nations in Geneva and NY. He briefly taught at St. Stephens College in Delhi before joining the IFS.

An alumnus of the Hindu College, Delhi University, Mr Puri was a student leader and active during the JP Movement.

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