Ground report | New Delhi: Jyotiraditya Scindia got civil aviation; In the latest Cabinet reshuffle, Jyotiraditya Scindia was allotted the civil aviation portfolio. Interestingly, his father, Madhavrao Scindia, had served as the civil aviation minister in the PV Narasimha Rao government.
Jyotiraditya Scindia got civil aviation
Jyotiraditya Scindia takes over as Civil Aviation Minister at a time when the travel sector and the hospitality industry is suffering from severe pressure due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Madhavrao Scindia held the civil aviation and tourism portfolios in the Rao government from 1991 to 1993. They were defining years for India’s politics and economy as the country embraced liberalisation. The Covid-19 pandemic has made Jyotiraditya’s charge of the Civil Aviation Ministry equally important.
Scindia was born in 1971 and educated in Harvard and Stanford institutions, Scindia has travelled a long way after contesting his first election as a Congress candidate in 2002, a by-election in Guna Lok Sabha constituency, which was held after his father and former Civil Aviation Minister Madhavrao Scindia death in a plane crash.
Scindia resigned from Congress
Scindia, 50, resigned from the Congress and joined the BJP in March 2020 and his move triggered a chain of events that finally culminated in the collapse of the Kamal Nath government in Madhya Pradesh just 15 months after its formation, paving the way for the BJP to take power in the state.
Puri, the outgoing Civil Aviation Minister, headed the ministry at a tough time for the sector because of the COVID-19 pandemic, which has brought the hospitality industry and travel sector to a grinding halt. Airlines are struggling to survive as flights have been postponed and cancelled all over the world.
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Jyotiraditya Scindia has been appointed Civil Aviation Minister, and Hardeep Puri, who headed this ministry, will head Urban Development and Petroleum Ministry. Scindia joined the government on Wednesday in a reboot of the Union cabinet in which 36 new ministers including these two joined the government and seven got promoted.
“I express my gratitude to all the senior leaders for giving me this opportunity. I will try to keep intact the belief that they have shown in me,” Jyotiraditya Scindia said.