Nirmala Sitharaman becomes Defence Minister, Piyush Goyal gets Railways

Javier Stokes
September 8, 2017

Prabhu, while speaking to the media today, said he believed Goyal would do a better job than him in the ministry.

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. "My focus will be to implement that vision".

Prabhu, now in charge of Commerce, however, refused to speak about his tenure as the Rail minister.

Goyal is expected to continue the reforms initiated by Prabhu in railways and bring new ideas to the table, said Jaijit Bhattacharya, partner and head, economics, regulatory and policy advisory, KPMG in India.

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Prabhu, who had offered to quit after a string of train derailments but was told by Prime Minister Narendra Modi to wait, sent out a farewell tweet on Sunday. Suresh Prabhu has been mentoring me, directing me and taking care of me for the past 20 years.

Goyal would get the help of Lohani, an Indian Railway Service officer who knows the Railways inside-outside, in setting the agenda for Railways. This is so because Goyal has just under two years' time before the 2019 General elections to deliver which includes finishing some of Modi's dream projects, while brining train accidents to the least.

Ashwani Lohani, Chairman, Railway Board, and other Board Members were also present.

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