Piyush Goyal is new Railways minister, replaces Suresh Prabhu
NEW DELHI: Power minister Piyush Goyal, newly elevated to cabinet rank, was on Sunday given charge of the railway ministry.
Goyal replaces Suresh Prabhu who had offered to resign after a spate of train accidents in the last month.
Analysts said the BJP leadership felt Goyal has done a competent job in implementing reforms in the power and coal sectors.
Earlier on Sunday, Prabhu thanked all his railway ministry colleagues in a tweet.
Goyal has been seen to have done a more-than-competent job by holding scam-free auctions in coal. He is also seen to have brought about a turnaround in production, ending days of persistent domestic short supplies that had led to higher imports. The slower consumption in recent months has, in fact, created a problem of plenty.