New industrial policy in next few weeks: Suresh Prabhu

Commerce and industry minister Suresh Prabhu was on Saturday given additional charge of the civil aviation ministry, two days after TDP leader Ashok Gajapathi Raju quit the Narendra Modi's council of ministers. After the TDP made a decision to part ways with the BJP, Naidu said that he would ask his party MPs to put in their papers from the Union Cabinet.

As per the other developments with national air carrier is concerned, Air India is expected to start a direct thrice-a-weekly flight from Delhi - Tel Aviv from March 22, 2018. The portfolio has now been given to Minister for Commerce & Industry Suresh Prabhu, as per a communiqué issued by Rashtrapati Bhawan.

Prabhu's appointment as the Civil Aviation Minister was necessitated as the incumbent Minister, TDP's Ashok Gajapathi Raju, resigned after his party severed ties with the ruling NDA alliance.

The Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion (DIPP) in August previous year floated a draft industrial policy with the aim to create jobs for the next two decades, promote foreign technology transfer and attract Dollars 100 billion FDI annually. Following a number of high-profile accidents on the Indian Railways, Prabhu's ministry took over by Piyush Goyal during the Cabinet reshuffle. He was heading the Civil Aviation ministry.

Suresh Prabhu started as the Railways Minister in the Narendra Modi government when it assumed office in 2014.

Vanessa Coleman