Shripad Yesso Naik, who has been reassigned the AYUSH ministry, took charge of office on Friday. Also Read - Union Minister Shripad Naik Tests COVID Positive, Urges All Who Came in Contact With Him to Isolate Themselves

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 - Coronil Kit: Govt Says Patanjali Should Not Have Advertised Drug Before Getting Final Approval

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 - 'Coronil is a Good Thing But...' AYUSH Ministry to Approve Patanjali COVID-19 Med After Verification

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