New Delhi: A day after being inducted into the Union Cabinet, Rashtriya Lok Dal (RLD) chief Ajit Singh on Monday took charge of the Civil Aviation Ministry, which he described as a 'sensitive' sector.

Singh said his assignment is in a sensitive and challenging sector and he will spell out the roadmap for the industry in the coming few days.

“This is a very sensitive sector and I am taking my time to understand it,” Singh told reporters at the Rajiv Gandhi Bhavan, the headquarters of the Civil Aviation Ministry here.

The 72-year-old took the charge of the ministry from Vayalar Ravi, who simultaneously also held the overseas Indian affairs portfolio.

Singh will have his hands full as the industry is in a financial mess due to rising jet fuel prices and high interest cost.

Singh, a six-time member of the Lok Sabha, was sworn-in as Cabinet Minister Sunday, days after his party joined the ruling United Progressive Alliance (UPA) ahead of upcoming elections to the Uttar Pradesh assembly.

PM introduces Ajit Singh in Rajya Sabha

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh introduced newly inducted Civil Aviation Minister Ajit Singh in Rajya Sabha.

As soon as the Zero Hour started, the Prime Minister introduced Singh and members from both treasury and opposition benches welcomed him by thumping their desks.

Later, several Cabinet Ministers and members of the ruling party congratulated the RLD leader, who is the 33rd minister in the Union cabinet and 77th in the Council of Ministers.

(Agencies)