New Delhi, Mar 12: Suresh Prabhu on Monday took charge of the Civil Aviation Ministry, days after the resignation of TDP’s Ashok Gajapathi Raju was accepted by President Ram Nath Kovind. After taking charge as Aviation Minister, Prabhu said that the industry has played an important role in creating jobs and the development so far was just a “trailer of vikas”. He also sought media to be a “co-passenger” for a “safe landing together”.

“Aviation industry played integral role in creating jobs. What you’ve seen is a trailer of ‘vikas’; under PM Modi’s leadership, sky isn’t the limit. Hope media will be our co-passenger so we can together have a safe landing,” he said.

Commerce and Industry Ministry Suresh Prabhu was given the additional charge of Aviation Ministry after Raju quit.

Prabhu was appointed the Railways Minister in the Narendra Modi government when it assumed office in 2014. He was replaced by Piyush Goyal as the Railway Minister when he was shifted to the Commerce and Industry Ministry on September 3, 2017. He replaced Nirmala Sitharaman, who was, in turn, moved to the Defence Ministry.

He had earlier been the Minister for Power in the Atal Bihari Vajpayee government from September 2000 to August 2002.