The newly appointed Minister of State for Civil Aviation Rajiv Pratap Rudy today said the ministry’s future plans will be in consonance with the blueprint laid out by his predecessor Shahnawaz Hussain.
Rudy emphasised that he will maintain transparency in the ministry’s functioning. His biggest challenge, he added, would be to rise to the expectations the leadership have from him. On the question of his wife Neelam Pratap, who is on the rolls of the Indian Airlines but is currently on deputation to Alliance Air, he said she will proceed on leave as soon as authorities concerned approve her application. He, however, made it clear that her going on leave had nothing to do with his new responsibility.
‘‘She wanted to leave the job the day she got employed. But she was the sole bread-earner of my family when I was neither an MLA nor an MP and had lost the elections. It is no issue that if my wife is working somewhere, I should not be a minister in that department. That way, my job scene will be narrowed down further because one of my brothers is in the police and the other in the Air Force.’’
Showering praises on his predecessor Shahnawaz Hussain, who has now been shifted to the Ministry of Textiles, Rudy said: ‘‘He (Shahnawaz) performed well and has been elevated for his work. He has left behind a blueprint and directions for me to carry forward the work in this ministry.’’
Brushing aside questions on Civil Aviation issues, Rudy said: ‘‘At the moment, my knowledge in the field is just that of a passenger or a customer. I will have to study the issues before I make any comment.’’