Ajay Tamta took charge as Minister of State, Ministry of Textiles today. Shri Tamta is a Lok Sabha MP from Almora constituency, Uttarakhand, and a member of the Bharatiya Janata Party. Prior to his election to the 16th Lok Sabha, Shri Tamta has served as a member of the Uttarakhand Legislative Assembly, from 2007 to 2012 and again from 2012 to 2014. He has also served as a Minister in the Government of Uttarakhand, as Cabinet Minister during 2008 – 2009 and as MoS during 2007 – 2008.A more detailed profile of the Minister is given here.Later in the day, Smriti Zubin Irani took charge as the Union Textiles Minister. The two Ministers greeted each other in the Cabinet Minister’s chamber, and also interacted with members of the media fraternity.