|Suresh Prabhakar Prabhu|
|Minister of Civil Aviation|
Assumed office |
12 March 2018
|Prime Minister||Narendra Modi|
|Preceded by||Ashok Gajapathi Raju|
|Minister of Commerce and Industry|
Assumed office |
3 September 2017
|Prime Minister||Narendra Modi|
|Preceded by||Nirmala Sitaraman|
|Minister of Railways|
9 November 2014 – 3 September 2017
|Prime Minister||Narendra Modi|
|Preceded by||D. V. Sadananda Gowda|
|Succeeded by||Piyush Goyal|
|Minister of Power|
30 September 2000 – 24 August 2002
|Prime Minister||Atal Bihari Vajpayee|
|Preceded by||Rangarajan Kumaramangalam|
|Succeeded by||Anant Geete|
|MP of Rajya Sabha for Haryana|
29 November 2014 – 21 June 2016
|Preceded by||Ranbir Singh Parjapati|
|Succeeded by||Dr. Subhash Chandra|
|MP of Rajya Sabha for Andhra Pradesh|
Assumed office |
22 June 2016
|Preceded by||Nirmala Sitharaman|
|Member of the Indian Parliament|
|Preceded by||Sudhir Sawant|
|Succeeded by||Constituency abolished|
11 July 1953|
Bombay, Bombay State, India
|Political party||Bharatiya Janata Party (2014–present)|
|Shiv Sena (before 2014)|
|Spouse(s)||Uma Prabhu (m. 1984)|
University of Mumbai|
|Profession||Chartered accountant, social worker, educationist|
Suresh Prabhakar Prabhu (born 11 July 1953) is an Indian politician and currently serving as the Minister of Commerce & Industry and Civil Aviation, under the Modi government. He is a Chartered Accountant by profession and a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India (ICAI). Since 1996, Prabhu has been a repeatedly elected Member of Parliament from Rajapur Lok Sabha constituency in Maharashtra as a member of the Shiv Sena (SS) political party. He quit Shiv Sena and joined BJP on 9 November 2014. He currently represents Andhra Pradesh in the Rajya Sabha. He is also a part of the Hon. Board of Advisors of IIMUN.
Education and career
Suresh Prabhu completed his school from Sharadashram Vidya Mandir, Dadar, Mumbai, followed by a Bachelor in Commerce with Honours from M.L. Dahanukar College, Vile Parle, Mumbai. He received a Bachelor in Law degree from the New Law College (Ruparel College campus), Mumbai. Prabhu is a Chartered Accountant and a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India. He was All India 11th (eleventh) rank holder in CA exam. He has been conferred Honorary Doctorate degrees by Guru Jambheshwar University of Science & Technology, Haryana and IFRI. He is also pursuing Ph.D. in Climate Change issues in relation to Energy and Environment from Frei University, Berlin and in State Public Finance from Mumbai University, Mumbai.
Prabhu has held several government and semi government positions, which includes Chairmanship of Maharashtra State Finance Commission, Saraswat Co-operative Bank, Member of the Maharashtra Tourism Development Board, among others. He is a part of 16 global organizations and 9 strategic dialogues which include:
- Global Water Partnership
- GLOBE, UK
- World Economic Forum (WEF)
- Global Industries Council
- UN Advisor
- United Nations Development Program
- United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO)
- Global Forum For Farmers, President
- Strategic Dialogues
- Coordinating Committee for International Voluntary Service
- Skolkovo Foundation
- Asia Energy Forum
- United Nations Committee of Biodiversity
- World Federation of UNESCO
He was, at various times during the Premiership of Atal Bihari Vajpayee of 1998 to 2004, Industry Minister, Minister of Environment and Forests, Minister of Fertilizers & Chemicals, Power, Heavy Industry and Public Enterprises. He has won praise for his performance as the Union Minister for Power.
As Minister of Power, Prabhu introduced major reforms in India's power sector. He is credited with championing and enacting The Electricity Act, 2003 which provided for non-discriminatory open access in the transmission segment and mandated State Electricity Regulatory Commissions to introduce open access in distribution after taking into consideration state-specific conditions. This legislation enhanced India’s power generation capacity and private investments in power sector. Prabhu also executed resource planning for building additional power generation capacity and took steps to set up alternate payment security mechanism for the investors as an interim resource mobilization strategy. He has been elected four times to the Lok Sabha, India's parliament, from Maharashtra since 1996. However, he lost his seat in the 2009 general election.
He was also Chairman of Task Force for Interlinking of Rivers with a status and rank of Union Cabinet Minister. The Task Force for Interlinking of Rivers was a comprehensive program of Government of India aimed at insuring the country against water stress through linkage of major rivers in the Himalayan and Peninsular regions of the country. In his capacity as Chairman, Prabhu steered the Task Force towards making an action plan for completion of the feasibility studies and providing guidance on norms of appraisal of individual projects in respect of socio-economic impacts, environmental impacts and economic viability. The Task Force under his guidance prepared ground for reaching consensus with the concerned State Governments on the program of interlinking of rivers
As a mark of protest against the cancellation of Narendra Modi's keynote address at the Wharton India Economic Forum 2013, he called off his own visit to the University. The NDA government under the leadership of Narendra Modi appointed him first as the head of a high-level panel on power revamp — "Advisory Group for Integrated Development of Power, Coal and Renewable Energy" in July 2014. In August 2014, he was appointed PM Modi's Sherpa.
On 9 November 2014, he was sworn-in as Cabinet minister in Narendra Modi government. He was the Union Railway Minister of India from November 2014 to September 2017. He is the incumbent minister of Commerce and Industry since September 2017. He was elected as Rajya Sabha member from the state of Andhra Pradesh on 3 June 2016. He took the charge as the Union Minister of Civil Aviation on the 10 March 2018 in the Narendra Modi government.
He is married to Uma Prabhu who is a journalist by profession; they have a son, Ameya Prabhu.
Suresh Prabhu currently resides in Delhi and is a native of Medha - Malvan (District - Sindhudurg) Maharashtra.
Awards and recognition
He has constantly featured in the list of top five ministers in India from 2014 to 2017 in terms of both performance and accessibility in nation-wide surveys conducted by various institutions.
- Awarded 'Indian of the Year 2017.
- Declared “Best Member of Parliament in 13th Lok Sabha” in April 2004 by Aaj Tak, a leading TV Channel in India.
- Featured amongst top three Indian leaders of the future in the cover story, “Giant on the Move” (Sept 2000 issue) of the Hong Kong based Asiaweek Magazine.
- Ranked as the 2nd best performing Minister in India Today’s report (dated August 27, 2001) on the performance of key Ministers Of Govt. of India.
- "Students' Unrest" at the Jamnalal Bajaj Institute of Management, Mumbai.
- "Causes and Consequences of Mass Unemployment of Youths" at the Central Committee for International Voluntary Services (CCIVS), UNESCO, Paris.
- "Problems of Youth in Third World Countries" at CCIVS, Monrovia (Liberia).
- "North-South Co-operation",paper read at an international seminar at New Delhi on behalf of Bharat Sevak Samaj.
- "Contribution of NGO's Towards Peace" - Asian Youth Seminar, New Delhi.
- Has published several columns on finance and economy in the daily "Mid Day" as well as articles in leading Marathi dailies.
- He has written extensively on socio-economic issues.
Social Work and interests
- Former Chairman, Saraswat Co-operation Bank. (former Chairman).
- Former Director, National Co-operative Union of India.
- Chairman, Manav Sadhan Vikas Sansthan, an NGO.
- Former Chairman, Konkan Kala academy.
- Former Trustee, Mumbai Marathi Granth Sangrahalaya
- Former Chairman, Adult Education Institute.
- Former Chairman, Maharastra State Table Tennis Academy
- Trustee, Khar Residents Association.
- Former Trustee, Manavendra Charitable hospital.
- Former Trustee, IFFCO Foundation.
- Senior Vice-President, Table Tennis Federation of India (present).
- Portfolios of the Union Council of Ministers Prime Minister's Office, Government of India
- Suresh Prabhu returns to the Cabinet Indian Express (9 November 2014)
- Suresh Prabhu Biodata India, Accessed on 10 November 2014
- "Cabinet reshuffle: Modi government's got talent but is it being fully utilised?", The Economic Times, 10 July 2016
- "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 29 November 2014. Retrieved 15 November 2014.
- "Hisar varsity confers doctorate on Minister Prabhu".
- Narendra Modi finds a reform partner in Suresh Prabhu LiveMint (9 November 2014)
- Annual Conference of the Parliamentary Network of World Bank Cape Town, The World Bank (2007)
- "Executive briefing - Suresh Prabhu". 30 August 2000. Archived from the original on 23 January 2013. Retrieved 2 March 2012.
- "Suresh Prabhu to head panel on power". 2 July 2014.
- Suresh Prabhu says PM wants condition of railways to change, Parrikar seeks time to get going The Times of India (10 November 2014)
- "Modi Cabinet reshuffle: Full list of new council of ministers", The Times of India, 3 September 2017
- PTI (2016-06-03). "Suresh Prabhu, Piyush Goyal, P. Chidambaram elected to Rajya Sabha". http://www.livemint.com/. Retrieved 2017-12-17. External link in
- "Suresh Prabhu assumes charge as Civil Aviation Minister - Times of India". The Times of India. Retrieved 2018-03-12.
- "Rly. Minister Suresh Prabhu gets Maharatha Award", The Hindu, 19 August 2016
- "GSB Maharatna Award for Suresh Prabhu", The Times of India, 19 August 2016
- Bureau, ABP News. "Achche din? Report card of PM Modi's top 5 performing ministers". Retrieved 2017-12-19.
- "Who are the Best performing ministers in the Narendra Modi government ? - Indian Youth". Indian Youth. 2016-04-06. Retrieved 2017-12-19.
- "Brands Academy Organized Mega Event "Indian of the Year" - New Delhi".
| Member of Parliament
Constituency merged into
Nilesh Narayan Rane
P R Kumaramangalam
| Minister of Power
30 September 2000 - 24 August 2002
D. V. Sadananda Gowda
| Minister of Railways
2014 – 2017
As Minister of State (Independent Charge)
| Minister of Commerce and Industry
2017 – Present
Ashok Gajapathi Raju
| Ministry of Civil Aviation
2018 – Present
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