Wednesday, 18 July, 2018

Suresh Prabhu to replace Gajapathi Raju, take charge as Aviation Minister

Suresh Prabhu to replace Gajapathi Raju, take charge as Aviation Minister Suresh Prabhu to replace Gajapathi Raju, take charge as Aviation Minister
Nellie Chapman | 11 March, 2018, 04:50

Union Minister for Commerce and Industry, Suresh Prabhu has been assigned additional charge of civil aviation ministry, Rashtrapati Bhawan confirmed. The appointment was finalised by President Ram Nath Kovind on Saturday, based upon the recommendation sent by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Meanwhile the President of India also accepted both the resignations earlier today and tweeted that the role of "Civil Aviation Minister" would be handled by Prime Minister himself.

The government, while promising Andhra Pradesh financial support, has refused to grant its demand for a Special Category Status, citing Constitutional hurdles.

Meanwhile Ashok Gajapathi Raju was handling the Ministry of Civil Aviation, Sujana Chowdary was minister of state for Science and Technology and Earth Services. According to a Rashtrapathi Bhavan press release, the President directed that the work of the ministry of civil aviation be looked after by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Following the Prabhu resign, Piyush Goyal was appointed as the Railways Minister.

Raju belonged to the Telugu Desam Party (TDP), the ruling party in Andhra Pradesh which has Chandrababu Naidu as its chief-minister.

As per the other developments with national air carrier is concerned, Air India is expected to start a direct thrice-a-weekly flight from Delhi - Tel Aviv from March 22, 2018. Suresh Prabhu has served as the Railways Minister in past. He was reassigned to the Commerce Ministry during last year's Cabinet reshuffle.