Minister of Railways and Minister of Commerce & Industry
Hon. Shri Piyush Goyal is the Minister of Railways and Minister of Commerce & Industry in the Government of India. He is a Member of the Upper House of the Parliament of India (Rajya Sabha) and the Deputy Leader of Rajya Sabha. He was earlier the Minister of Railways and Coal (2017–19). He has also held additional charge of Minister of Finance and Corporate Affairs twice in 2018 and 2019. Earlier he was Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Power, Coal, New & Renewable Energy (2014–17), and Mines (2016–17). Hon. Shri Goyal’s tenure has seen Indian Railways achieve its best-ever safety record in 2018–19, through holistic measures such as elimination of Unmanned Level Crossings from the broad-gauge network and production of safer coaches. Additionally, Hon. Shri Goyal oversaw the launch of the first indigenous semi-high-speed train between Delhi and Varanasi. The Power, Coal and New & Renewable Energy ministries led transformational changes in India’s power sector, including electrification of the nearly 18,000 unelectrified villages in some of the remotest and inaccessible parts of the country, the roll out of a comprehensive power sector reform (UDAY), the success of the world’s largest LED bulb distribution program for energy efficiency, and massive proliferation of renewable energy through the world’s largest renewable energy expansion program. Other achievements include the elimination of coal shortages to improve the country’s energy security and successful conduct of transparent e-auctions of coal blocks. He also received the 4th Annual Carnot Prize in 2018 recognizing the groundbreaking transformations in India’s energy sector. During his 35-year-long political career, Hon. Shri Goyal has held several important roles in the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), and is its National Executive. He has been the National Treasurer of the Party. In the 2019 Indian General Elections, he was a member of the Manifesto and Publicity Committees. He headed the BJP’s Information Communication Campaign Committee for the Indian General Elections in 2014. He has served on the Board of India’s largest commercial bank, the State Bank of India, and Bank of Baroda. He was also nominated by the Government of India to the Task Force for Interlinking of Rivers in 2002. Hon. Shri Goyal is an all-India second rank holder Chartered Accountant and a second rank holder in Law in Mumbai University.