Piyush Goyal reiterates focus on railway safety

Posted September 08, 2017

Suresh Prabhu has been mentoring me, directing me and taking care of me for the past 20 years.

The minister, who is also in charge of the coal ministry, will have to work towards implementing the soon to be launched Mumbai-Ahmedabad high speed train.

The new minister said his predecessor was his mentor with whom he had worked on earlier occasions.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has revamp his cabinet. Power minister Goyal was handed over the Railways portfolio after Suresh Prabhu offered to step down from his post, in the wake of a spate of train derailments recently. "He (Prabhu) has worked with my father in Atal Bihari Vajpayee government", he said.

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On the other hand, Goyal's stint as the power and coal minister has been a fruitful one, bringing in a sea change in the critical power sector.

Mr Prabhu also welcomed Piyush Goyal who will take charge of the Rail Ministry after him.

Later, Goyal held a meeting with the Railway Board Members.

"For this, the country will be indebted to him, the ministry is indebted to him. My colleagues and I will continue to run on those tracks", Goyal said.

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"Waterways will prove to be a game changer as this would reduce the cost of transportation for goods and passengers, reduce road congestion as well as play a vital role in reducing pollution".

Raj Kumar Singh on Tuesday took over as new Union Minister of State (IC) in Ministries of Power & New & Renewable Energy here today.

Pradhan was given the additional charge of Skill Development Ministry.

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