Published: Tue, September 05, 2017
Economy | By Melissa Porter

Piyush Goyal gets Railways, Prabhu shifted to Commerce and Industry

Piyush Goyal gets Railways, Prabhu shifted to Commerce and Industry

Indira Gandhi had earlier held the defence portfolio twice, but that was in addition to being Prime Minister.

Goyal, who was Minister of State with independent charge, held Coal and Power Ministry before his elevation.

Earlier in the day, the Prime Minister promoted four ministers of state with independent charge of ministries to Cabinet rank-Dharmendra Pradhan, Piyush Goyal, Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi and Nirmala Sitharaman-and inducted nine new faces including four ex- bureaucrats-former diplomat Hardeep Singh Puri, former Mumbai police commissioner Satyapal Singh, former Union home secretary RK Singh and former commissioner of the Delhi Development Authority KJ Alphons, known as Demolition Man for his actions against unauthorized constructions in the national capital.

Minister of state for information and broadcasting Rajyavardhan Rathore was shifted to the sports ministry as minister of state (independent charge).

Meanwhile, the Cabinet rejig on Sunday morning saw the promotion of as many as four Ministers of State to the rank of Cabinet ministers.

-Nitin Gadkari gets the additional charge of Ministry of Water Resources, River Development Ganga Rejuvenation. Both are from western Uttar Pradesh.

The six new Ministers of State are Shiv Pratap Shukla (Finance), Ashwini Choubey (Health and Family Welfare), Virendra Kumar (Women and Child Development and Minority Affairs), Anantkumar Hegde (Skill Development and Entrepreneurship), Gajendra Singh Shekhawat (Agriculture and Farmers Welfare) and Satya Pal Singh (Human Resource Development, Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation).

He also oversaw the BJP's publicity and advertising campaign including the social media outreach during the 2014 Lok Sabha elections. "We are also looking at alterations and changes at the moment." said a senior railway official. She was shifted to the relatively low-profile ministry of drinking water and sanitation. Both have been made ministers of state (independent charge).

The Railway Ministry charge has been given to Piyush Goyal.

Vijay Goyal, who was stripped off the Sports portfolio, is seen as the loser in the reshuffle as he will now serve as the junior minister in Parliamentary Affairs and Statistics and Programme Implementation. He was serving as the MoS finance. The other MoS in Finance, Arjun Ram Meghwal, is now Minister for Parliamentary Affairs and Water Resources.

Another major gainer in the exercise was science and technology minister Harsh Vardhan, who retained the dual charge of the ministry of environment, forest and climate change.

Gadkari, who is minister for road transport, highways and shipping, is expected to focus more on the development of inland waterways or national waterways.

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