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Piyush Goyal takes charge as Minister of Railways

08 September, 2017, 00:53 | Author: Samuel Sharp
  • Sep 03 01:45 PM

Goyal's entry coincides with a series of train accidents in the past weeks that cost Suresh Prabhu his portfolio and goodwill he had earned over the years. With Prabhu, the new Commerce and Industry Minister, by his side at the minister's chamber in Rail Bhavan, Goyal called him his "mentor" and "elder brother". "He is very talented and we have seen his stellar work in the last three years", Prabhu told ET.

Both his parents have been associated with the BJP, with his father Late Vedprakash Goyal being the Union Minister of Shipping in the Atal Bihari Vajpayee.

A beleaguered Suresh Prabhu, who had taken the "moral responsibility" for a recent spate of train accidents, came in for high praise from his successor Piyush Goyal, who took charge as the new Railway minister today.

Recalling his first days as the Power minister, Goyal said initially he had little knowledge of the sector and didn't know the "P of Power".


Goyal would get the help of Lohani, an Indian Railway Service officer who knows the Railways inside-outside, in setting the agenda for Railways.

Talking about Singh, Goyal said that he is confident that under Singh's leadership now, the power & New Renewable Energy Ministries will achieve new benchmarks of performance and targets.

After facing criticism following two major successive train accidents last month, Mr Prabhu had met Prime Minister Narendra Modi and offered to resign to which the PM had asked him to "wait".

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