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Jyotiraditya Scindia takes charge as Ministry of Communications; highlights key role of telecom, India Post

The minister recalled his previous tenure as the Minister of State for Communications about one and half decades ago

PTI New Delhi Published 11.06.24, 02:22 PM
Union Minister Jyotiraditya Scindia during a meeting with Minister of State for Communications, Chandra Sekhar Pemmasani, in New Delhi.

Union Minister Jyotiraditya Scindia during a meeting with Minister of State for Communications, Chandra Sekhar Pemmasani, in New Delhi. PTI

Jyotiraditya Scindia on Tuesday took charge of the Ministry of Communications and said both the telecom sector and the India post division have key roles to play at the global as well as local stage.

The minister recalled his previous tenure as the Minister of State for Communications about one and half decades ago.

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"It is indeed my honour that Prime Minister Narendra Modi has given me responsibility of the Communications Ministry. Both the Telecom division as well as the India post division have a tremendous role to play at the global stage as well as on the local stage, to enjoin the hearts of millions of people across the country and the world," Scindia told reporters after taking charge.

The minister said that there has been a revolution under the leadership of Prime Minister Modi and pledged to deliver his best as per the aspirations of the PM and people of this country.

"It is also a little bit like coming full circle for me. I worked as a junior minister in this department many many years ago in 2007, 2008 and 2009. Therefore for me it is also a department with which I have had tremendous emotional ties," Scindia said.

Scindia, as the new telecom minister, has his task cut out to complete the 5G spectrum auction scheduled to be held later this month.

Besides the spectrum auction, where over Rs 96,000 crore worth of airwaves will be on the block, Scindia will also have to prioritise issues like satellite broadband services, security clearance for Elon Musk-led Startlink and formulate rules for the new Telecommunications Act.

Scinida will have to set the ball rolling on a 100-day agenda that would outline clear priority areas, key deliverables, roadmaps and targets for the telecom sector.

Scindia, who takes over the baton from Union Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw, inherits a sector with improved financial metrics, lower litigations, and lesser uncertainty following the disposal of several cases in courts.

Scindia's ministerial journey started as Minister of State for telecom, Post and IT under then Prime Minister Manmohan Singh-led UPA-1 regime. He was instrumental in driving post office modernisation with the Project Arrow scheme.

As a minister in the Modi 3.0 government, Scindia will have the challenge of reviving state-run telecom firm BSNL and settling the debt issues of MTNL.

The new minister also has the challenge of resolving the threat posed by fraudulent calls and the persistent issue of pesky calls.

Scindia, who was the aviation minister in the previous Modi government, won from Guna in Madhya Pradesh by more than 5.40 lakh votes.

Except for the headline, this story has not been edited by The Telegraph Online staff and has been published from a syndicated feed.

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