Shri Ravi Shankar Prasad, Union Cabinet Minister for Communications & Information Technology, Government of India, will be the Chief Guest at the IMPACT Person of the Year (IPOY), 2015 award function in Mumbai on December 15. In its 11th year now, the IPOY award seeks to recognize and reward excellence in the world of media, marketing and advertising every year.
Shri Prasad will preside over the award function and hand over the trophy to the winner among this year’s nominees, namely, Amitabh Kant, Secretary, Industrial Policy and Promotion, Govt. of India, Arnab Goswami, President- News and Editor-in-Chief, Times Now and ET Now, Ashish Bhasin, Chairman and CEO, South Asia, Dentsu Aegis Network, CVL Srinivas, CEO South Asia, GroupM, Kunal Bahl, Co-founder and CEO, Snapdeal, Nikesh Arora, President and CEO, SoftBank Corp., Rana Kapoor, Co-founder, MD and CEO, Yes Bank and Vijay Shekar Sharma, founder and CEO of Paytm.
Shri Ravi Shankar Prasad, an eminent lawyer and respected senior advocate in the Supreme Court of India, is a very senior member of the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party and member of Parliament in the Rajya Sabha representing the State of Bihar. During NDA rule under Atal Behari Vajpayee's prime ministership, Prasad held the position of Minister of State in the Ministry of Coal and Mines, and the Ministry of Information & Broadcasting. He has been a member of important Parliamentary Committees in Parliament like Finance, Communication & IT, Petroleum & Chemicals.
Since his appointment as Cabinet Minister for Communications and Information Technology on May 26, 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, while pushing the agenda of Digital India.
As Minister of State for Coal and Mines, Shri Ravi Shankar Prasad is credited with reviving the loss-making Coal India Limited, and initiating reforms in the Coal and Mines Ministry. In 2003, as Union Cabinet Minister for Information & Broadcasting, he pioneered the Cable Television reforms in India and ushered the country into the digital TV era. He is credited for introduction of Direct To Home (DTH) satellite telecast services in India. He also played a key role in liberalizing FM radio services in India, which opened up the private sector participation in this field. He has also been a human rights activist.
The IMPACT Person of the Year award will be presented before an august gathering at the ITC Grand Central, Parel, at a function beginning at 6 pm on December 15, 2015.