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Suresh Prabhakar Prabhu
The Union Minister for Commerce & Industry, Shri Suresh Prabhakar Prabhu holding a Press Conference on the 3rd meeting of Council for Trade Development and Promotion, in New Delhi on January 08, 2018.jpg
Indian emissary to the G20 & G7
Assumed office
24 June 2019
Prime Minister Narendra Modi
Minister of Civil Aviation
In office
12 March 2018 25 May 2019
Prime Minister Narendra Modi
Preceded by Ashok Gajapathi Raju
Succeeded by Hardeep Singh Puri
Minister of Commerce and Industry
In office
3 September 2017 25 May 2019
Prime Minister Narendra Modi
Preceded by Nirmala Sitharaman
Succeeded by Piyush Goyal
Minister of Railways
In office
9 November 2014 3 September 2017
Prime Minister Narendra Modi
Preceded by D. V. Sadananda Gowda
Succeeded by Piyush Goyal
Minister of Power
In office
30 September 2000 25 August 2002
Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee
Preceded by Rangarajan Kumaramangalam
Succeeded by Anant Geete
Minister of Fertilizers & Chemicals
In office
13 October 1999 29 September 2000
Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee
Preceded byOffice raised to Cabinet rank
Succeeded by Sunder Lal Patwa
Minister of Environment and Forests
In office
19 March 1998 13 October 1999
Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee
Preceded by Saifuddin Soz
Succeeded by T.R. Baalu
Minister of Industry
In office
16 May 1996 01 June 1996
Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee
Preceded by K. Karunakaran
Succeeded by Murasoli Maran
Member of Parliament, Lok Sabha
In office
15 May 1996 18 May 2009
Preceded by Sudhir Sawant
Succeeded byConstituency abolished
Constituency Rajapur
Member of Parliament, Rajya Sabha
Assumed office
22 June 2016
Preceded by Nirmala Sitharaman
Constituency Andhra Pradesh
Chairperson, Task Force for Interlinking of Rivers
In office
Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee
In office
29 November 2014 21 June 2016
Preceded by Ranbir Singh Parjapati
Succeeded by Dr. Subhash Chandra
Constituency Haryana
Personal details
Born (1953-07-11) 11 July 1953 (age 67)
Bombay, Bombay State, India
Political party Bharatiya Janata Party (2014–present)
Other political
Shiv Sena (before 2014)
Spouse(s)Uma Prabhu (m. 1984)
Children1 (Son)
Residence Mumbai, Maharashtra
Alma mater University of Mumbai
Profession Chartered accountant

Suresh Prabhakar Prabhu (born 11 July 1953) is an Indian politician and India's Sherpa to the G20. [1] He was formerly the Minister of Railways, Minister of Commerce & Industry and Civil Aviation in the First Modi ministry. [2]


He is a Chartered Accountant by profession and a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India (ICAI). Since 1996, Prabhu has been repeatedly elected as a 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 the BJP on 9 November 2014. He currently[ when? ] represents Andhra Pradesh in the Rajya Sabha. [3]

Education and career

Suresh Prabhu completed his schooling from Sharadashram Vidya Mandir, Dadar, Mumbai, followed by a Bachelor in Commerce with Honours from M. L. Dahanukar College, Vile Parle, Mumbai. [4] He received a Bachelor in Law degree from the New Law College (Ruparel College campus), Mumbai. [5] 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. [4] [6] [7]

Prabhu has held several government and semi government positions, which includes the 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:

He is also a member of the Board of Advisors of India’s International Movement to Unite Nations IIMUN. [8]

Political career

He was, at various times during the Premiership of Atal Bihari Vajpayee from 1998 to 2004, Industry Minister, Minister of Environment and Forests, Minister of Fertilizers & Chemicals, Power, Railways, Commerce and Industry and Civil Aviation. Currently a Member of Rajya Sabha from Andhra Pradesh, he has been a Member of Lok Sabha in the 11th, 12th, 13th and 14th Lok Sabha between 1996-2009. His constituency comprised the district of Sindhudurg and parts of Ratnagiri district in the state of Maharashtra on the western coast of India.

Union Minister for Industry

As Industries Minister, brought about greater transparency in functioning and fuel clearance of pending works. [9]

Union Power Minister

As the Union Minister for Power, he won praise for his performance from The Indian Express. [10] As Minister of Power, he ushered in transformational policies in Power sector with thrust on rural-electrification, T&D reforms; encouraged big ticket investments and batted for Sustainable Power Development, etc. mentioned as under:

Power Generation Augmentation

Policy Measures

Union Railway Minister

Prabhu taking charge as the Union Minister for Railways, in New Delhi on 10 November 2014 Shri Suresh Prabhu taking charge as the Union Minister for Railways, in New Delhi on November 10, 2014.jpg
Prabhu taking charge as the Union Minister for Railways, in New Delhi on 10 November 2014

On 9 November 2014, he was sworn-in as Cabinet minister in the Narendra Modi government. He was the Union Railway Minister of India from November 2014 to September 2017. [24] [25]

  1. Jaldoot water trains were sent to drought hit areas of Maharashtra [27]
  2. Roll on Roll off was used to address fuel crisis in the North East [28]
  3. Food grains were supplied in the form of ready to eat food packets to major parts of North East and most parts of Assam [29]

Infrastructure Creation: Grave traction to speedy Creation of Infrastructure in Railways

Union Commerce & Industry Minister

Prabhu taking charge as the Union Minister for Commerce and Industry, in New Delhi on 4 September 2017 Shri Suresh Prabhakar Prabhu taking charge as the Union Minister for Commerce and Industry, in New Delhi on September 04, 2017.jpg
Prabhu taking charge as the Union Minister for Commerce and Industry, in New Delhi on 4 September 2017

He has been the 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. [59] During his tenure, he took several steps to boost manufacturing in India. Details of few major reforms are as under:

Boosting domestic manufacturing at the district level to achieve USD 5 trillion economy

Trade promotion: Taking steps towards a more focused approach towards export promotion

Pivoting multilateralism on India

Investment Promotion

Pillar of Support for Indian Manufacturing

Committed to Technology, Innovation skills and known for path breaking initiatives, particularly in Railways and Power

Forward looking Policy Making

Union Civil Aviation Minister

Policy Making

Initiator of Investments in Aviation

Awards and recognition

Suresh Prabhu received the Goud Saraswat Brahmin Samaj Maharatha Award on 18 August 2016. [101] [102]

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. [103] [104]

Published works

Social Work and interests

See also

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  2. Portfolios of the Union Council of Ministers Prime Minister's Office, Government of India
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  5. "Cabinet reshuffle: Modi government's got talent but is it being fully utilised?", The Economic Times , 10 July 2016
  7. "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 29 November 2014. Retrieved 15 November 2014.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  9. Ministry of Commerce and Industry (India)
  10. Suresh Prabhu returns to the Cabinet Indian Express (9 November 2014)
  24. Suresh Prabhu says PM wants condition of railways to change, Parrikar seeks time to get going The Times of India (10 November 2014)
  25. "Modi Cabinet reshuffle: Full list of new council of ministers", The Times of India , 3 September 2017
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