New Delhi: Soon after taking the charge of Minister for Road Transport, Highways and Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises Ministries on Tuesday, senior BJP leader Nitin Jairam Gadkari said that bolstering country’s infrastructure and creating jobs through small industries will be his key priorities.Known for his administrative prowess and innovative approach in addressing issues, Gadkari, 62, often dubbed as one of the high performing ministers during the previous term of Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led government, has been instrumental in pushing infrastructure development and reviving projects stuck for many years. Also Read – Pak activated 20 terror camps & 20 launch pads along LoC”Bolstering infrastructure under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi will be my priority in addition to propelling country’s growth rate and creating jobs through small industries,” said Gadkari who took the charge of the ministries. He was accompanied by his wife Kanchan Gadkari. On May 30, he was sworn in as a Cabinet Minister after he won the Nagpur Lok Sabha seat with a margin of around 2.13 lakh votes by defeating his former party man and now Congress member Nana Patole. In May 2014, he took charge of the Road Transport, Highways and Shipping ministries. He was also given charge of Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation Ministry from September 3, 2017. He was also at the helm of Rural Development, and Panchayati Raj and Drinking Water and Sanitation ministries from June 4 till November 9, 2014. Born in 1957 into a middle-class agricultural family in Nagpur, he came to the spotlight for giving his city a new face and was also known as ‘flyover man’ for building a series of flyovers in Mumbai during his stint as PWD minister in Maharashtra.
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