Newly inducted Union Cabinet Minister Jyotiraditya Scindia on Friday took charge of Civil Aviation who was accompanied by Gen (Retd) VK Singh, who assumed the charge as the Minister of State for Civil Aviation from his predecessor Hardeep Puri.
Mr. Scindia has taken over the ministry at a time when the civil aviation sector is suffering significant headwinds as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, which has reduced overall demand and caused financial difficulties for industry players. Mr. Scindia is the second Cabinet Minister to hold the charge of the Ministry of Civil Aviation since 2014 after Ashok Gajapathi Raju.
During the Congress-led UPA government, Mr. Scindia was a Minister of State for Communications, Commerce and Industry, and Power. In 2007, the scion of Gwalior’s previous royal family was recruited into the UPA government and served in the Union Cabinet until 2014.
In March 2020, he resigned from the Congress and joined the BJP. His action set in motion a chain of events that eventually led to the collapse of the Kamal Nath government in Madhya Pradesh, paving the way for the saffron party to take power, which it eventually lost near the end of 2018.
Scindia, who was born on January 1, 1971, and studied at Harvard and Stanford, has come a long way since his first election as a Congress candidate in 2002, a bypoll in the Guna Lok Sabha district, which was held after his father, Madhavrao Scindia, died in a plane crash.