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Ajit Singh takes charge as Civil Aviation Minister

Last Updated: Monday, December 19, 2011 - 13:18

New Delhi: A day after being inducted into the Union Cabinet, Rashtriya Lok Dal (RLD) chief Ajit Singh on Monday took charge of the Civil Aviation Ministry, which he described as a "sensitive" sector.

Singh said his assignment is in a sensitive and challenging sector and he will spell out the roadmap for the industry in the coming few days.

"This is a very sensitive sector and I am taking my time to understand it," Singh told reporters at the Rajiv Gandhi Bhavan, the headquarters of the Civil Aviation Ministry here.

The 72-year-old took the charge of the ministry from Vayalar Ravi, who simultaneously also held the overseas Indian affairs portfolio.

Singh will have his hands full as the industry is in a financial mess due to rising jet fuel prices and high interest cost.

Singh, a six-time member of the Lok Sabha, was sworn-in as Cabinet minister on Sunday, days after his party joined the ruling United Progressive Alliance (UPA) ahead of upcoming elections to the Uttar Pradesh Assembly.


First Published: Monday, December 19, 2011 - 13:18
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