Ashwini Vaishnaw became the big winner in Wednesday’s cabinet expansion, packing the information technology (IT), telecommunications and rail ministries.
The 50-year-old MP Rajya Sabha from Odisha is a former IAS officer (lot 1994). He studied management at the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and joined the corporate sector after being a bureaucrat for 15 years.
As a government official – during which he had worked with PMO Vajpayee – Vaishnaw held important responsibilities and was known for his contribution to the public-private partnership (PPP) framework in infrastructure.
During his tenure in the corporate world, he served as Managing Director of GE Transportation and Vice President of Siemens Locomotive, where he led infrastructure strategy.
Vaishnaw left the corporate world in 2012 and became an entrepreneur setting up two automotive components units in Gujarat.
In 2019, he was elected to the Rajya Sabha of Odisha.
“His work in the logistics industry while working for GE and Siemens and his strength in integrating IT into logistics and how to force multiplication has been what has worked in his favor.” said a senior official aware of Vaishnaw’s progress.
This is the reason why he was given the railways and IT, where there are possibilities for large-scale integration, the person said, adding that the “powers that be” were looking for someone with a background. practical experience.
Another person said that even before becoming an MP, Vaishnaw had been in contact with the party leadership and had given his opinion on crucial issues.
Vaishnaw completed his MTech at IIT-Kanpur after completing a BTech in Electronics and Communications.
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The last days of Prasad in power were marred by controversy over the new computer rules and a bitter row with the microblogging site Twitter.
Vaishnaw also had a brief stint in the prime minister’s office when Atal Bihari Vajpayee was in power and left public office in 2010.
He also played an outstanding role in developing the public-private partnership or PPP model in the infrastructure sector and implemented Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) software at the Port of Goa.
Vaishnaw, a bureaucrat-turned-entrepreneur-turned-politician, held several leadership positions at multinationals such as General Electric and Siemens, and worked as a general manager at GE Transportation.