Sitharaman gets Defence, Goyal made Railways Minister

Sitharaman gets Defence, Goyal made Railways Minister

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

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

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.

Goyal has been given charge of the railway ministry to take forward reforms initiated by Suresh Prabhu towards corporatization of railways, monetization of the transporter's assets and boosting non-fare revenue to deliver tangible outcomes, analysts said. The Central and Western railway officials hope that Goyal will make sure several railway projects that had been piled up will finally get completed. According to the reports, Piyush Goyal is slated to be the next railways minister.

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

He played a major role during the 2014 general elections in India which elevated the BJP to power.

"For this, the country will be indebted to him, the ministry is indebted to him". I wish him all the best and all the success.

Nitin Gadkari, who was holding Road Transport and Highways and Shipping, will also head the Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation Ministry. In fact, the huge ongoing exercise for capacity augmentation in tracks and network expansion, whose seeds were sown during Prabhu's time, will start showing results in a year or so, with a much-needed push in execution, the minister said.

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