Sm­riti says she will take min­istry from com­pul­sion to con­sen­sus

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NEW DELHI: Hu­man re­source de­vel­op­ment min­is­ter Sm­riti Irani said on Fri­day the legacy of her ten­ure would be en­sur­ing her of­fice is guided by po­lit­i­cal con­sen­sus and not par­ti­san com­pul­sions or bick­er­ing, an ap­par­ent re­sponse to crit­i­cism that her poli­cies were in­spired by right-wing ide­ol­ogy.

Speak­ing on the open­ing day of the Hin­dus­tan Times Lead­er­ship Sum­mit, Irani said the new ed­u­ca­tion pol­icy be­ing drafted by her min­istry would not only re­flect the will of the peo­ple but also the vi­sion on which a new fu­ture could be built.

“For too long this of­fice was known for po­lit­i­cal com­pul­sions, now this of­fice will be known for po­lit­i­cal con­sen­sus and res­o­nance of the will of the peo­ple,” Irani said, a veiled dig at the pre­vi­ous UPA gov­ern­ment.

“We have em­pow­ered 2.5 lakh vil­lage coun­cils and told them to sit to­gether and tell us what kind of ed­u­ca­tion you seek for your chil­dren.”

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For too long this of­fice was known for po­lit­i­cal com­pul­sions, now this of­fice will be known for po­lit­i­cal con­sen­sus and res­o­nance of the will of the peo­ple. SM­RITI IRANI, Union HRD min­is­ter

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