Commerce Min Prabhu to hold addl charge of Civil Aviation Ministry

Suresh Prabhu

Raju's resignation was accepted by President Ram Nath Kovind on Saturday.

Commerce and Industry Minister Suresh Prabhu today termed the United States administrations decision to hike tariff on certain steel and aluminium products as an "unfortunate development".

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The appointment was necessitated after Ashok Gajapathi Raju of T elegu Desam Party (TDP), an ally of the BJP, quit from the Cabinet on Thursday.

Many TDP leaders including MP YS Chowdary and Raju resigned from the council of ministers after Andhra Pradesh CM N Chandrababu Naidu pulled out party ministers as Centre refused to grant the special category status to Andhra Pradesh and meet other demands of the state government.

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".In the ministry of commerce and industry, we have already identified few sectors which we think will be the new thrust sectors of India".

The Civil Aviation Ministry is also working in the direction of making 100 airports functional either by constructing new ones or by improving the existing ones. Prabhu's reassignment (Piyush Goyal took over the Railways Ministry duringt the Cabinet reshuffle) followed a number of high-profile accidents on the Indian Railways. Further while submitting their resignations to Prime Ministers, both the parliament members have briefed the reasons to Narendra Modi in a 10 minute meeting. As Civil Aviation Minister, Prabhu's most pressing concern will be the disinvestment of national carrier Air India.

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