Nirmala Sitharaman became the second woman leader to take charge of the Ministry of Finance last month after the Narendra Modi government appointed her as a Cabinet minister in the ministry. Former prime minister Indira Gandhi was the first woman leader to head the ministry.
Sitharaman also holds the distinction of being India’s second woman defence minister and the first one to take charge of this key ministry full time. She has also served as the Minister of State for Finance and Corporate Affairs under the Ministry of Finance and the Minister for Commerce and Industry with independent charge.
Sitharaman did not contest the Lok Sabha Elections 2019, however, she is a Rajya Sabha member from Karnataka since 2016. She completed her graduation from Seethalakshmi Ramasamy College, Tiruchirappalli in economics and obtained her Masters and MPhil in the subject from Jawaharlal Nehru University, Delhi.
She then worked in the Agricultural Engineers Association, UK in London, Senior Manager, Research and Analysis with PricewaterhouseCoopers, also in London and briefly with the BBC World Service.
Updated Date: Jul 05, 2019 10:57:08 IST