Ravi Shankar Prasad To Take Charge Of Telecom And IT Ministry Today

Ravi Shankar Prasad, the designated cabinet minister for IT & Telecom ministry is all set to take charge today. He took the oath on 30 May, 2019 during prime minister Narendra Modi’s swearing-in ceremony and is one of the most popular faces of BJP.

This is Mr Prasad’s second term as the minister of IT and telecom as he served the same portfolio during Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s first government in 2014. He served that ministry for two years and Manoj Sinha took over the charge in 2016. Sinha lost the election in 2019 General Elections from Ghazipur constituency.

Prasad was also the minister for information and broadcasting during Atal Behari Vajpayee’s government and was credited to bring in lots of reforms in the radio and television industry.

During his first stint, he was credited with taking major reforms for the industry as the Indian Telecom industry was severely hit by multiple mega scams during the Congress-led UPA government during 2009 to 2014. Prasad, with Modi’s leadership, guided and drove the unprecedented pace of Digital India and Make In India movement in the country.

During his tenure from 2014 to 2019, while he was looking after the ministry of law and electronics and IT, India saw more than 120 electronics manufacturing factories including mobile manufacturing factories set up in the country. This was a remarkable achievement keeping in mind that before 2014 there were only two such factories sin the country.

This time also, Mr. Ravi Shankar Prasad has been given the additional portfolio of ministry of Law.

He became an MP in 2001 and landed a ministerial berth in 2001 in Vajpayee government.

He is being expected to bring new momentum to the Indian telecom industry, sort out long pending tax issues, bring clarity on 5G spectrum pricing and allocation etc. So, his hand is full from the day one.

We wish him good luck.

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