Commerce Minister Suresh Prabhu has been given additional charge of civil aviation ministry, a statement on Rashtrapati Bhavan's official Twitter account said.
As advised by the Prime Minister, #PresidentKovind has directed that Shri Suresh Prabhu, Cabinet Minister, shall be assigned charge of the Union Ministry of Civil Aviation, in addition to his existing portfolio
— President of India (@rashtrapatibhvn) March 10, 2018
Prabhu has been assigned the responsibility after the TDP's Ashok Ganapathi Raju, who was in charge of civil aviation earlier, resigned from the Union cabinet. He is taking over at a time when the government is mulling privatisation of the national carrier Air India. A civil aviation official was recently quoted as saying that the government is committed to expediting the process of Air India's disinvestment.
The ministers resigned from the cabinet over the Centre's refusal to grant special status to Andhra Pradesh, and other demands.
Till September 2017, Prabhu was the railway minister in the Union Cabinet. He was moved to the commerce ministry in a Cabinet reshuffle at the Centre, after which Piyush Goyal took his place. His tenure as railway minister was marred by a number of accidents, which had led to severe public criticism of the railways.
Updated Date: Mar 10, 2018 15:24 PM