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Newly appointed Railways Minister Piyush Goyal takes charge

08 September 2017

"He is very talented and we have seen his stellar work in the last three years", Prabhu told ET.

The 53-year-old Bharatiya Janata Party man is likely to be elevated as the Railway Minister, a prestigious portfolio in Narendra Modi's cabinet. 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".

"In the government of Atal Behari Vajpayee, he (Prabhu) worked with my father and at that time he was in charge of the power ministry and the leadership that he had shown then is the reason why our country has such a capable power sector", Goyal said.

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However, immediately after the reshuffle, present railways minister Suresh Prabhu has hint at an exit.

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

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.

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All this, he said, had turned the Railways into a vibrant organization.

Pradhan was given the additional charge of Skill Development Ministry.

Prabhu had offered to quit after a major rail accident in Uttar Pradesh claimed 23 lives last month.

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Newly appointed Railways Minister Piyush Goyal takes charge