Piyush Goyal gets Railways, Prabhu shifted to Commerce and Industry

08 September, 2017, 00:50 | Author: Franklin Nunez
  • Modi Cabinet reshuffle: Piyush Goyal replaces Prabhu as Rail Minister; job won't be a cakewalk

In his tweets, he congratulated the new ministers as well as those who had been elevated.

As the Minister of State with Independent Charge for Power, Coal, New and Renewable Energy, Goyal is said to have done commendable work in power and coal sector, which has earned him the crisis-ridden Ministry of Railway.

Prabhu had not attended office after August 23, when he met Prime Minister Narendra Modi and offered to resign after the accidents last month. "He (Prabhu) has worked with my father in Atal Bihari Vajpayee government", he said.

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The new railways minister Piyush Goyal said he will tread the path set by his predecessor Suresh Prabhu to bring in more investment for the national carrier. For Goyal, the railways high operating ratio, which reflects poor financial health, will also be a matter of concern.

Goyal, who was earlier the minister of state for power, will have his task cut out as the railways battles a creaking infrastructure and revenue shortage on back of low fares and stiff competition from budget airlines.

However, a challenge awaits Goyal as he is taking over the Railways Ministry at a time it is facing big challenges on safety as well as its business. I wish him all the best and all the success.

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"I am confident that he would contribute to the development of the nation", he said.

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