Pashupati Kumar Paras obtains the key from the Ministry of Food Industries

Party MP Lok Janshakti Pashupati Kumar Paras has been inducted into the new cabinet of the government headed by Narendra Modi as Minister of Food Processing Industries.

Pashupati Paras has spent most of his career in the shadow of his late brother and former Union Minister Ram Vilas Paswan. (Photo: ANI)

Pashupati Kumar Paras, MP for Hajipur, was inducted into the government led by Narendra Modi on Wednesday as cabinet minister and in charge of the key ministry of food processing industries. The portfolio was previously with Union Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar.

The ministry has grown in importance in recent years as the government focuses on increasing the level of processing of fruits and vegetables to reduce waste.

The central government is also developing several food mega-parks across the country with the aim of creating jobs and expanding the market for processed foods.

Paras, a politician with more than four decades of experience, has spent most of his career in the shadow of his late brother and former Union Minister Ram Vilas Paswan.

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However, after staging a successful revolt against Paswan’s son Chirag Paswan, Bihar’s Lok Sabha MP now looks set to assert himself.

Paras, who previously headed the Bihar unit of the Lok Janshakti party and is currently the national chairman of his dissident faction, began his career in 1978 as a deputy for the Janata Alauli party in his home district of Khagaria, a seat formerly represented by the late Ram Vilas Paswan.

He represented the congregation segment on several occasions, on tickets from the Janata Dal and later on the feast thrown by his brother. He became a member of the state’s Nitish Kumar cabinet in 2017 when the chief minister realigned with the NDA.

The 2019 Lok Sabha polls saw him make his parliamentary debut in Hajipur, a constituency the late Ram Vilas Paswan had nurtured for decades. This decision was seen as indicative of the trust between the two brothers.

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