Hon’ble Minister of State for Commerce and Industry (Independent Charge), Government of India
Smt. Nirmala Sitharaman is an Indian politician from the state of Tamil Nadu presently serving as Minister of State (Independent Charge) for the Ministry of Commerce & Industry, as well as a Minister of State for Finance and Corporate Affairs under the Ministry of Finance headed by Arun Jaitley. Currently, she has been allotted the MP seat in the Rajya Sabha representing the state of Karnataka.
Sitharaman then served at Pricewaterhouse Coopers as a Senior Manager and later for the BBC World Service. She is one of the founding directors of Pranava School in Hyderabad. She was formerly a member of the National Commission for Women. Earlier she worked as a team of spokespersons headed by Ravi Shankar Prasad, for Bharatiya Janata Party.
As a visible spokesperson of the BJP, Nirmala played an important role in the run up to the 2014 elections by effectively projecting the Modi-for-PM message.