Shripad Yesso Naik, who has been reassigned the AYUSH ministry, took charge of office on Friday.Also Read - Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju To Look After Ayush Ministry Till Shripad Naik Recovers

Besides independent charge of the AYUSH ministry, the BJP parliamentarian from Goa is also the Minister of State for Defence in the new Narendra Modi government. Also Read - AYUSH PG 2020 Counselling Result Declared for 2nd Round at aaccc.gov.in, CHECK Your Scores NOW

Naik, who was initially appointed as the Minister of State for Tourism in 2014 and was later given the charge of the AYUSH ministry after its formation, had served as a junior minister in the Vajpayee cabinet. Also Read - Union Minister Shripad Naik Tests COVID Positive, Urges All Who Came in Contact With Him to Isolate Themselves

The Ministry of Ayurveda, Yoga and Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha and Homoeopathy (AYUSH) was formed in November 2014.