New Delhi, October 09:

Union Minister Piyush Goyal on Friday was assigned the additional charge of Ministry of Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution. He was given the additional charge following the death of Lok Janashakti Party (LJP) founder and union minister Ram Vilas Paswan.

Goyal is currently serving as the Minister of Railways and Minister of Commerce and Industry in the NDA-led government.

Ram Vilas Paswan was hospitalized for the past few weeks and passed away on Thursday evening at the age of 74 at All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi. He was elected to Lok Sabha eight times and also held the record of winning with high margins from his constituency Hajipur.

Politicians across party lines expressed their grief upon receiving the news of Paswan’s death.