Smriti Zubin Irani, Minister for Textiles and Women & Child Development, India

  • Smriti Zubin Irani, Minister for Textiles and Women & Child Development, India

Mrs. Smriti Zubin Irani was elected to the Rajya Sabha, the Upper House of the Indian Parliament representing the State of Gujarat in 2011. In August 2017 she was re-elected to Rajya Sabha from the state of Gujarat. In the 2019 General Elections, she was elected to Lok Sabha from Amethi.

Mrs. Irani is currently the Union Minister for Textiles and Women & Child Development. She was previously the Union Minister for Human Resource Development from May 2014 to July 2016 and Minister for Information & Broadcasting from July 2017 to May 2018. She is India’s youngest minister in the government and the first woman to hold office as Union Minister For Human Resource Development and as Union Minister of Textiles.

She has previously served in the organisation of various posts such as National Secretary (twice), 5-term Member of the BJP National Executive, Vice President of BJP Maharashtra Youth Wing, BJP Maharashtra State Secretary, National Vice President and as National President of BJP Women’s Wing has significantly and successfully pursued Permanent Commission for Women in the Indian Army by facilitating legal aid to women officers. She has also launched ‘Saksham’- the first ever Vision Document released by any political organisation in India, which underlines policies, programmes and implementation tools for the upliftment of the differently abled in India.

In the 126th Assembly of the Inter Parliamentary Union, Mrs. Smriti Zubin Irani was unanimously elected as a Member representing the Asia Pacific Region to the Task Force responsible for establishing the first ever Committee for Young Parliamentarians in the IPU. At the same Assembly, Mrs. Irani was also unanimously elected by Member Nations as Rapporteur for the Standing Committee on Sustainable Development, Finance and Trade. The World Economic Forum has named Mrs. Irani as the Young Global Leader from India for the year 2015.