Sri P Ashok Gajapathi Raju,Chairman, MANSAS,Union Minister of Civil Aviation, Govt. of India, Former Finance Minister, Govt. of AP
After his long association with MANSAS, Ashok Gajapathi Raju became the Chairman of the Trust in March 2016. He has given MANSAS a vision, a direction and the necessary impetus it needs.
Ashok is the younger son of Late Dr. P.V.G. Raju, the generous Founder of the Trust and an exemplary human being whose values and honour his son has imbibed. Ashok himself has had a long political career since 1978 spanning four decades. His intrinsic values of honesty, justice, co-operation & fair play have seen him occupying the important portfolios of Commercial Taxes, Excise, Finance, Revenue & Legislative Affairs in the Andhra Pradesh Government. When in the opposition, he braced himself with the issues of the common man & contributed significantly, which resulted in getting him the best legislator’s award. Another aspect close to his heart is his love and enthusiasm for sport. He has strived tirelessly towards this and has also been the President of the Andhra Cricket Association.
Besides an illustrious career in politics and an avid sportsmen, Ashok wears the mantle of being the hereditary trustee of 104 Temples, the largest being the Abode of Lord Varaha Lakshmi Narasimha Swami, in Simhachalam.
In 2014 Ashok Gajapathi Raju became the Union Minister for Civil Aviation in Shri Narendra Modi’s Cabinet a post which he held till March,2018. Under his watch, Civil Aviation took giant leaps forward. He is always prepared to go the extra mile in the interest of Education, Technology & Social growth. Because of his clear vision & undying commitment, he shoulders all his responsibilities with ease.