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Ashok Gajapathi Raju takes charge as Civil Aviation Minister

PTI New Delhi | Updated on March 12, 2018 Published on May 29, 2014

Minister for Civil Aviation, Pusapati Ashok Gajapathi Raju, along with his wife and other family members before assuming the office at Rajiv Gandhi Bhawan in New Delhi on Thursday. Photo: Kamal Narang

Senior TDP leader Pusapati Ashok Gajapathi Raju today took charge as the new Civil Aviation Minister, assuring that he would strive to create a level-playing field for all players in the crucial infrastructure sector.

“We will strive to create a level-playing field for all the players and make the aviation sector more people- oriented,” he told reporters soon after taking over charge at the ministry headquarters in Rajiv Gandhi Bhavan here.

He was accompanied by his family members, including his wife, all of whom were greeted with flowers by officials.

To questions on airlines running in major losses, he said: “We will have to examine the reasons for these losses” and then find ways to check them.

“Civil aviation is a crucial infrastructure sector and it is an important portfolio,” Raju said in his maiden remarks as the Minister.

Later, Pusapati got closeted with senior officials who made presentations on various aspects of the sector.

He has already held preliminary discussions with Civil Aviation Secretary Ashok Lavasa, Air India CMD Rohit Nandan, Director-General of Civil Aviation Prabhat Kumar and Airports Economic Regulatory Authority Chairman Yashwant Bhave.

Raju, 63, hails from the royal family of Gajapathi from Vizianagaram in Andhra Pradesh and is a seven-time legislator of the state assembly who has served as finance and revenue minister in the TDP-led state governments of the late N T Rama Rao and N Chandrababu Naidu.

Published on May 29, 2014
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