Piyush Goyal is new railway minister

Piyush Goyal is new railway minister

The Union Cabinet on Sunday appointed Piyush Goyal as the new railway minister. Goyal, who took charge from Suresh Prabhu, will be the third railway minister of the Modi government. Its an appointment that reinforces the focus on infrastructure development, of which the railways accounts for a big chunk.

Goyal, who has a background in accounts and law, has been given the responsibility in the third reshuffle following his performance as power minister. He initiated several projects like electrification of villages, Ujwal DISCOM Assurance Yojana (UDAY) to revive debt- ridden power distribution companires (DISCOMS) and solar power.

Railways will be the third portfolio for Goyal, who has been minister of state with independent charge for power, coal, new and renewable energy and mines. Under the new appointments he will be minister of railways and coal.

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