Education: Master Of Business Administration
Age: 51 Years
Wife: Sunita Vaishnav
|Other Name||Ashwini Vaishnav The Times of India|
|Profession(s)||Politician & Former IAS Officer|
|Physical Stats & More|
|Height (approx.)||in centimeters- 175 cm
in meters- 1.75 m
in feet & inches- 5’ 9”
|Hair Colour||Salt & Pepper|
|Service||Indian Administrative Service (IAS)|
|Major Designation(s)||• He served as the Collector in Cuttack district of Odisha.
• He served as the Collector in Balasore district of Odisha.
• He was appointed as the Deputy Secretary in the Office of Former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee in 2003.
• He served as the Private Secretary to Atal Bihari Vajpayee after the BJP lost the General Elections in 2004.
• He served as the Chairman of Mormugao Port Trust from 2006 to 2008.
|Retirement||He took voluntary retirement from the service in 2010.|
|Political Party||Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)
|Political Journey||• In June 2019, Ashwini joined BJP
• On 28 June 2019, he was appointed as a member of the Committee on Subordinate Legislation and Petitions and Committee on Science and Technology, Environment and Forests.
• 8 July 2021, he was appointed as the Minister of Railways, Minister of Electronics and Information Technology, and Minister of Communications.
|Date of Birth||18 July 1970 (Saturday)|
|Age (as of 2021)||51 Years|
|School||• St. Anthony's School, Jodhpur
• Mahesh School, Jodhpur
|College/University||• M.B.M. Engineering College, Jai Narain Vyas University, Jodhpur, Rajasthan
• Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur, Uttar Pradesh
• Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia
|Educational Qualification(s)||• BE from M.B.M. Engineering College, Jai Narayan Vyas University, Jodhpur, Rajasthan (1992)
• MTech from Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur, Uttar Pradesh (1994)
• MBA from Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia (2008-10) India.gov.in
|Caste||Bairagi News 18|
|Address||• Permanent: Flat No.1-A, Ananda Residency, Plot No.45, Shaheed Nagar. Bhubaneswar, Odisha 751007
• Current: Flat No 17/207, Heritage City, M.G. Road, Gurgaon, Haryana-122002
|Relationships & More|
|Wife/Spouse||Sunita Vaishnav (entrepreneur)
|Children||Son- Rahul Vaishnav (works at Apple Inc.)
Daughter- Tanya Vaishnav (social entrepreneur)
|Parents||Father- Dau Lal Vaishnaw (advocate and tax consultant)
Mother- Saraswati Vaishnaw
|Siblings||Brother- Anand Vaishnaw|
|Car Collection||• Toyota Platinum Etios
• Hyundai Santa Fe
|Assets/Properties||Movable: Rs. 13.08 crore (approx.)
Immovable: Rs. 4.1 crore, including two residential buildings in Ahmedabad (Gujarat) and Gurgaon (Haryana) worth Rs. 3.45 crore and non-agricultural land in Bhubaneswar, Odisha, worth Rs. 65 lakh My Neta
|Net Worth (approx.)||Rs. 17.18 crore (as of 2018) My Neta|
Some Lesser Known Facts About Ashwini Vaishnaw
- Ashwini Vaishnaw is an Indian politician and former IAS officer of the Odisha cadre. He is the incumbent Union Minister of Railways, Communications, and Electronics and Information Technology of India.
- According to some sources, his family’s residence was initially in Jeewand Kallan village of Rani in Pali district, Rajasthan. Later, his family moved to Jodhpur and settled there. Aaj Tak
- Ashwini was a bright student. In 1986, he was the topper of his state in his 11th board. He also graduated with a gold medal from Jai Narayan Vyas University in 1992.
- A 1994-batch IAS officer, he cracked the UPSC examinations with an All-India Rank (AIR) of 27.
- While he was the collecter in Balasore, the state experienced a cyclone known to have killed thousands of people. Ashwini, as a collector, managed the situation efficiently, earning praises for his work. The National Human Rights Commission appreciated Ashwini for organising and executing relief and rehabilitation work in his district.
- While working in the Prime Minister’s Office, he played a part in creating the public-private partnership framework in infrastructure projects.
- In 2008, still an IAS officer, he left for the United States to pursue an MBA. He returned to India in 2010 with huge debts from his education. Therefore, he took voluntary retirement to work at a private firm.
- In 2010, he started working at GE Transportation as managing director. He then joined the Locomotives & Head Urban Infrastructure Strategy department in Siemens (Gurgaon) as the vice president.
- Aswin was also one of the three directors in Thriveni Pellets Private Limited, a unit of Thriveni Earth Movers Private Limited, which is one of India’s largest mine developers.
- In 2012, he quit the corporate field to start his automotive components manufacturing units in Gujarat called Three Tee Auto Logistics Private Limited and Vee Gee Auto Components Private Limited. Talking about it in an interview, he said,
I went to Gujarat and built my units while living in a container for 7 months as I wanted that factory to come out in record time.”
- Ashwini was chosen by the BJD supremo Naveen Patnaik to represent Odisha in Rajya Sabha at the request of Narendra Modi and Amit Shah, which shocked many including opposition and BJD members, as he was a rival party member. BJP members disapproved of him because they thought that Patnaik yielded to Modi-Shah’s pressure in support of Ashwini.
- As a Member of Parliament, he has asserted that the economic slowdown in India was not structural but was cyclical in nature. According to Ashwini, the government should invest rather than spend its money on consumption.
- On 5 December 2019, in Rajya Sabha, he showed his support towards Taxation Laws (Amendment) Bill, 2019.
- As an MP, he has spoken about the issues regarding Ship Recycling Bill to Women Protection in Rajya Sabha.
- In February 2021, Rashmi Samant resigned as the Oxford University student union president after her old social media posts (deemed racist and insensitive) surfaced online. In March, Ashwini asserted that Rashmi’s resignation was unfair, as she faced cyberbullying that forced her to do so. The Indian Express
- In April 2021, he was selected to be a member of the Press Council of India (PCI) for three years.
- He has received the President’s Silver Medal, Commendation by National Human Rights Commission.
- In 2021, new IT rules were introduced, which mandated the appointment of three key personnel – chief compliance officer, nodal officer, and grievance officer by social media platforms with over 50 lakh users, amog the other requirements. Twitter decided to go against the Government of India to comply with the new IT rules in India and filed a case against the government in the Delhi High Court, which did not go well with the government. The day Ashwini Vaishnaw assumed his office as the Minister of Communication, he warned Twitter over new IT rules and said,
Whoever lives and works in India should follow its rules and the law of the land is supreme.”