Singh was earlier minister of state in the same ministry. Mishra resigned as the minister last week. Giving an emotional farewell speech, Singh described Mishra as a father figure who has guided him as well as the ministry.
"I will always seek his support. He is like a guardian and will always remain so. I will always follow his teachings," Singh said. Mishra (76) said that he resigned in deference to the wishes of the party leadership that people above 75 years should not remain in the council of ministers.
Mishra said that he had formulated a vision for the ministry and hope that the officers would work like a solid team to achieve the objectives. Meanwhile, quoting Singh the ministry said in a statement that he will strive forward to increase employment under MSMEs and ensure that the sector do not face any hurdle.
Giriraj Singh is the Member of Parliament from the Nawada constituency and a former minister in the cabinet of Nitish Kumar. Singh served the Cabinet of Bihar as co-oprative minister from 2005-2010 & Animal Husbandry minister from 2010 to 2013.
He was among the eleven BJP ministers who were dismissed by Nitish Kumar as a result of breaking of JDU-BJP alliance. He is a member of Bihar State Bharatiya Janata Party's 16-member state election committee. Singh has been very active on social media sites and in promoting Khadi and other MSME sectors vigorously.