Better late than never, Modi government is getting ready with the expansion government 2.0 by adding professional talents to his ministry. The expansion could clearly balances regional parties and caste aspirations.
India gets two accomplished technocrat-entrepreneurs who will be at the helm of affairs at India’s Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY).
Ashwini Vaishnav, a former IAS officer who holds degrees from IIT Kanpur and Wharton Business School, joined BJP in 2019. He was elected as Rajya Sabha member from Odisha.
Vaishnav graduated from MBM Engineering College (JNVU) Jodhpur, Rajasthan in 1991. He then completed his M.Tech from IIT Kanpur in 1994. He also served in companies like GE and Siemens in leadership roles before turning an entrepreneur.
Secondly, Rajeev Chandrasekhar an Intel chip designer, is a leading businessman-philanthropist-civic activist from India’s tech capital Bengaluru. Two accomplished technocrat-entrepreneurs will be at the helm of affairs at India’s Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY).
Vaishnav joined Indian Administrative Service (IAS) in 1994. He served as a Collector in Odisha’s Balasore and Cuttack districts. While working as Collector in Balasore, Vaishnav earned appreciation for organising and executing relief and rehabilitation work in his district in the aftermath of super cyclone that wrecked the state.
In 2003, he was appointed as deputy secretary in the office of former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee. In 2006, he was appointed as the deputy chairman of Mormugao Port Trust.
In 2012, he quit the corporate sector and set up Three Tee Auto Logistics Private Limited and Vee Gee Auto Components Private Limited, both automotive components manufacturing units in Gujarat.
MeitY recently launched a scheme aimed at setting up / expansion of existing Semiconductor wafer / device fabrication (FAB) facilities in India or acquisition of Semiconductor FABs outside India. Chandrasekhar can be expected to bring his expertise in accelerating these initiatives