Shri Piyush Goyal takes charge as Minister of Railways
New Delhi, Sept 4: Shri Piyush Goyal took over as the New Minister of Railways in Rail Bhavan today i.e.04th September, 2017. He is also Minister of Coal. Prior to this, he was Minister of State (Independent Charge) of Ministries of Power; Coal; New and Renewable Energy and Mines. Shri Suresh Prabhakar Prabhu, Minister of Commerce and Industry and former Minister of Railways was specially present to hand over the charge to Shri Piyush Goyal.On this occasion, Shri Manoj Sinha, Minister of State for Railways & Minister of Communication (I/C) & Shri Rajen Gohain, Minister of State for Railways were specially present to grace the occasion. Shri Ashwani Lohani, Chairman, Railway Board & other Board Members were also present.
Speaking on the occasion, Minister of Railways Shri Piyush Goyal said, "Huge Investments in Railways have been made in past three years which will definitely lead to the Development in Railways. Indian Railways shall continue on the roadmap of Development." He also profusely appreciated the efforts put in by his predecessor, Shri Suresh Prabhakar Prabhu.
In his address, Shri Suresh Prabhakar Prabhu extended his best wishes to Shri Piyush Goyal. Shri Suresh Prabhu said that the present Government gives lot of importance to the development of Railway Sector as growth of Railways leads to Nation's progress. He expressed his confidence that Shri Piyush Goyal will continue to work hard to achieve desired objectives.
Later, Minister of Railways Shri Piyush Goyal held the meeting with the Railway Board Members.
During Shri Goyal's previous tenure, India became Power & Coal surplus for the first time ever. Also transformative growth in Power resulted in net capacity addition of renewable energy which exceeded that of conventional power while also achieving record low tariff in this sector.