Published: Sun, March 11, 2018
Money | By Armando Alvarado

PM Modi takes charge of Aviation Ministry after Ashok Gajapati Raju resigns

PM Modi takes charge of Aviation Ministry after Ashok Gajapati Raju resigns

Commerce Minister Suresh Prabhu today said new industrial policy will be announced in the next few weeks, which will focus on new industries that will drive future growth of the country. In the cabinet reshuffle previous year, he was accorded the charge of Commerce and Industry, whereas, Railways was assigned to Piyush Goyal.

President Ram Nath Kovind on Saturday appointed Suresh Prabhu as the new Civil Aviation Minister, a statement said.

As per the official tweet of Rashtrapati Bhavan it stated "As advised by the Prime Minister, The President has directed that the work of the Ministry of Civil Aviation will be looked after by the Prime Minister".

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The announcement came two days after P Ashok Gajapathi Raju stepped down as the Aviation Minister following the Telegu Desam Party's quitting the NDA government. Suresh Prabhu's main concern as Civil Aviation Minister will be disinvestment of national carrier Air India.

Raju was the Minister of Civil Aviation and Chowdary was the MoS for Science and Technology and Earth Sciences. Following a number of high-profile accidents on the Indian Railways, Prabhu's ministry took over by Piyush Goyal during the Cabinet reshuffle. The TDP ministers had submitted their resignations to PM Modi on Thursday which were forward to the President.

TDP, which is the ruling party in Andhra, had sought special category status for the state in order to receive sops and tax concessions.

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