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Chiru, Sarve takes charge as Union Ministers

New Delhi, November 1 : Four days after being inducted into the Union Cabinet, K Chiranjeevi and Sarve Satyanarayana assumed charge of their respective portfolios here on Thursday.

While Satyanarayana took over as the Minister of State for Road Transport and Highways, Chiranjeevi took charge as the Tourism Minister.

Sathyanarayana is Member of Parliament, (Lok Sabha) from Malkajgiri (Andhra Pradesh) constituency.

Born on 4th April 1954 in Hyderabad, Satyanarayana did his graduation from Osmania University and did Master in Law from Evening College of Law at Abids, Hyderabad. He Sathyanarayana was elected to the 14th Lok Sabha in the year 2004 and re-elected to the 15th Lok Sabha (second term) in the year 2009, according to a PIB release.

Sathyanarayana has served as Member of various Parliamentary Committees, which included Committee on Public Undertaking, Committee on Industry, Committee on Finance and Committee on Petitions. He was also Member of various Consultative Committees like Ministry of Commerce & Industry, Ministry of Housing, Poverty Alleviation and Tourism. He was also Member of Legislative Assembly of Andhra Pradesh during 1985-89 and held position as Member, HUDA (Andhra Pradesh), Member, Traffic Board (Andhra Pradesh) and Member, Committee on Public Undertaking Andhra Pradesh Legislative Assembly.

After assuming the charge, Chiranjeevi said that with his 30 years of experience in cinema, he would seek the cooperation of cine stars in promotion of “Incredible India”. He said that India has a vast Tourism potential with its variety of flora, fauna and monuments, which is yet to be exploited to its maximum.

The Minister said that he would discuss bottlenecks and constraints in the development of Tourism Infrastructure with various other Ministries. Referring to the threefold increase in the 12th Plan outlay for Tourism, he said this will go to a great extent in providing jobs for 2.5 crore people in the country. He said that present share of India in International Tourism is very low and we should strive hard to increase it up to at least one percent.

Immediately after assuming charge, Chiranjeevi signed the file sanctioning Rs 25 lakhs for organizing the Kakatiya festival in the State.

Chiranjeevi began his acting career in 1977 and has acted in 149 Telugu, Three Tamil, Three Hindi and Two Kannada Films. He received Nargis Dutt Award for National Integration for his Home Production Rudra veena . A recipient of seven Film Fare Awards for the Best Actor, Chiranjeevi was conferred with Padma Bhushan country’s third highest civilian honour in 2006. He floated his political party Praja Rajayam and won 18 seats in 2009 Andhra Pradesh assembly elections. He merged his party with Congress last year and was elected to Rajya Sabha in April this year.


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