Ashwini Vaishnaw replaces Ravi Shankar Prasad as Minister of Communications, Electronics & IT

Rajeev Chandrasekhar appointed Minister of State in MeitY whereas Devusinh Chauhan appointed Minister of State in the Ministry of Communications

Photo: Ashwini Vaishnaw, Minister of Communications, Electronics & IT, Govt of India

Ashwini Vaishnaw, a former administrative officer of Odisha cadre has replaced Ravi Shankar Prasad as Minister of Communications, Electronics and Information Technology (IT). He has also been appointed Minister of Railways, Government of India.

Ashwini Vaishnaw is the member of Rajya Sabha representing Odisha State and is a resident of Pali District Near Jodhpur. He was appointed as a member of the Committee on Subordinate Legislation and Petitions and the Committee on Science and Technology, Environment and Forests.

He graduated from MBM Engineering College (JNVU) Jodhpur, Rajasthan in 1991 with a gold medal in electronics and communications in B.Tech and then completed his M.Tech from IIT Kanpur, before cracking IAS in 1994. In 2008, Vaishnaw left for the US to do his MBA from Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.

Vaishnaw served as a collector in Balasore and Cuttack districts. He worked in Odisha till 2003 when he was appointed as deputy secretary in the office of former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee. After his brief stint in the PMO where he contributed to creating the public-private-partnership framework in infrastructure projects, Vaishnav was appointed as Vajpayee’s private secretary in 2004. In 2006, he became deputy chairman of Mormugao Port Trust, where he worked for the next two years.

On completing MBA, Ashwini came back to India and joined GE Transportation as Managing Director. He later joined Siemens as the Vice President – Locomotives & Head Urban Infrastructure Strategy. In 2012, he quit the corporate sector and set up Three Tee Auto Logistics Private Limited and Vee Gee Auto Components Private Limited, both automotive components manufacturing units in Gujarat.

In another development, Rajeev Chandrasekhar has been appointed as Minister of State in the Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship and Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY) whereas Devusinh Chauhan has been appointed Minister of State in the Ministry of Communications.

Rajeev Chandrasekhar is a Technology Entrepreneur and a Member of Parliament representing Karnataka, serving his 3rd term in the Rajya Sabha.

A strong votary of good governance through institutional reforms, he has been vocal and articulate on issues of reforms, governance, and economy inside and outside Parliament. He is widely recognized as the most Informed and active MP on Digital India, Internet and Technology issues, policies and regulatory matters and is unafraid to dive into issues that need support after informing himself well on these.

He was nominated for UK’s prestigious Index Freedom of Expression Award for 2013, in the category of Digital Freedom for fighting against internet censorship in India and challenging legislation that will stifle digital freedom.

He has been on various standing and select committees of Parliament – Defence, Finance, Telecom, Urban Development, GST, Real estate Regulatory bill, Coal, NCC Advisory Board etc. Prior to becoming an MP, Rajeev has also been a member of the PM’s Council on Trade and Development, Chairman of Karnataka Government’s Infrastructure Task Force, Member of the Parliamentary Standing Committee on IT and Member of Parliamentary Forum on Youth.

Devusinh Jesingbhai Chauhan is member of parliament to the 16th Lok Sabha from Kheda Lok Sabha constituency, Gujarat. He did his Diploma Course in Electrical Engineering from the Government Polytechnic College in Porbandar (Gujarat) and has worked as an engineer with All India Radio from 1989 to 2002.

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