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Piyush Goyal takes charge as Minister of Railways

08 September 2017, 12:54 | Melanie Burgess

K J Alphons being sworn-in as a minister of state by President Ram Nath Kovind at Rashtrapati Bhavan in New Delhi on Sunday

K J Alphons being sworn-in as a minister of state by President Ram Nath Kovind at Rashtrapati Bhavan in New Delhi on Sunday

As the Defence Minister, Sitharaman will be a member of the crucial Cabinet Committee on Security whose members include the Prime Minister, Home Minister, External Affairs Minister and the Finance Minister.

The new Minister of Railways Piyush Goyal took over on Monday from Suresh Prabhakar Prabhu, who is now the Minister of Commerce and Industry. Former Railways Minister Suresh Prabhu warmly welcomed Goyal at the office and handed over the responsibilities to him.

"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. For Goyal, the railways high operating ratio, which reflects poor financial health, will also be a matter of concern. According to the reports, Piyush Goyal is slated to be the next railways minister.

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

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He played a major role during the 2014 general elections in India which elevated the BJP to power. On tweeter he has congratulated the new ministers.

An infrastructure expert said on condition of anonymity that Gadkari had received charge of the river development ministry to smooth the way towards development of national waterways and the ambitious plan of inter-linking rivers.

The exit of Prabhu from the railways came after last months Muzaffarnagar train accident that claimed 23 lives.

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