Speakers

Ravi Shankar Prasad

Hon’ble Minister of Law & Justice, Electronics & Information Technology, Government of India

Ravi Shankar Prasad is the Union Cabinet Minister for Law and Justice & Information Technology in the Government of India, headed by Prime Minister Mr. Narendra Modi. He is an eminent Lawyer and a Senior Advocate in the Supreme Court of India. He is a Member of Parliament since the year 2000 and has been the member of important Parliamentary Committees in the Parliament like Finance, Communication & IT, Petroleum & Chemicals.

Since his appointment as the Cabinet Minister for Communications and Information Technology on 26th May 2014, he has been spearheading the task of reviving India’s telecom sector. He is also actively leading the task of developing India into a global electronics manufacturing hub. India is sitting at the cusp of a Digital Revolution. It is a priority agenda for present government and as the Minister for Communications & IT, he is at the forefront of its implementation. The flagship program of Digital India, which aims to bring about good governance by extensive use of Information Technology, is being implemented under his leadership. He is also spearheading reforms in the Indian legal and judicial system.

Prior to this, in September 2001, in the government headed by Prime Minister Mr. Atal Bihari Vajpayee, he was appointed as a Minister of State for Coal and Mines and was entrusted with the responsibility of reviving the loss-making Coal India Limited- a Public Sector Undertaking managing the vast coal resources of India. He earned accolades for the turn-around of Coal India Limited and also by initiating reform process in the Coal and Mines Ministry and opening it up. In July 2002, he was given additional responsibility as a Minister of State for Law & Justice. In this capacity he played instrumental role in reforming India’s electoral system and bringing out greater transparency in politics.