Ashwini Vaishnaw is an Indian politician who is a member of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), and a former Indian Administrative Service (IAS) officer. He is best known to serve as the Minister of Railways, Communications, and Electronics and Information Technology of India, since 8 July 2021.

Currently, he is also serving as a member of the Parliament of India representing Odisha State in the Rajya Sabha, the upper house, since 28 June 2019. As an IAS officer, he served as a collector in Balasore and Cuttack districts.

Ashwini Vaishnaw also served as deputy secretary in the office of former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee by working in Odisha till 2003, and worked as Vajpayee’s private secretary after the BJP-led NDA lost the election in 2004.

 Ashwini Vaishnaw Bio
NameAshwini Vaishnaw
ProfessionIndian Politician (Member of BJP Party) and IAS Officer, Entrepreneur
Current Position Minister of Railways, Communications and Electronics & Information Technology of India (8 July 2021)
 Member of the Parliament of India representing Odisha State in the Rajya Sabha, the upper house (208 June 2019)
Known forIAS officer
Personal Life
Date of Birth18th July 1970
Age (as in 2021)51 years
Birth PlaceJodhpur, Rajasthan, India
Current HometownJeewand Kallan village of Rani, Pali District, Rajasthan
ResidenceJeewand Kallan village of Rani, Pali District, Rajasthan
Permanent AddressFlat No.1 A, Ananda Residency, Plot No. 45, Shaheed Nagar, Bhubaneshwar, Odisha
Current ResidenceC/601, Swarna Jayanti Sadan, Bhishambar Das Marg, New Delhi
ReligionHinduism (Bairagi- Brahmins)
Zodiac SignCancer
Physical Status
Height5'8" (179 cm, 1.79 m)
Weight69 kg (152 lbs)
Eye ColourBlack
Hair ColourBlack
Education and More
College/University MBM Engineering College (JNVU) Jodhpur, Rajasthan, 1991, Gold medal- Electronic and communications engineering
M.Tech from IIT Kanpur
Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, 2008 (MBA)
Cracked UPSC Examinations with an AIR of 27 (2014)
Educational QualificationB.Tech, M.Tech, MBA, IAS
Family and Relationships
FatherShri Dau Lal Vaishnaw
MotherShrimati Saraswati Vaishnaw
Marital StatusMarried
SpouseSunita Vaishnaw (Entrepreneur)
Children(s)Rahul Vaishnaw (Son)
Tanya Vaishnaw (Daughter)
IAS officerServed as the District Collector of Balasore and Cuttack in Odisha.
The Deputy Secretary in the Prime Minister’s Office under Atal Bihari Vajpayee (2003)
The Deputy Chairman of Goa’s Mormugao Port Trust (2006)
Vice President - Locomotives & Head Urban Infrastructure Strategy.
Held top corporate positions in multinational companies like General Electric and Siemens.
PoliticsRajya Sabha MP from Odisha since 2019
Minister of Railways, Communications and Electronics & Information Technology of India- 8 July 2021
Member of the Parliament of India representing Odisha State in the Rajya Sabha, the upper house- 28 June 2019
Favourite White and Black
HobbiesReading and Travelling

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