According to the reports carried by leading various houses, presently Union Minister for power, Piyush Goyal is all set to for an elevation to a full-fledged cabinet portfolio. The Minister of State with independent charge for Power, Coal, New and Renewable Energy, has been considered for long as among the achievers in the Modi Cabinet and hence he may likely be given the charge to lead the railway ministry.
A few days back present railway minister Suresh Prabhu offered his resignation to PM Modi after the unfortunate train collapses in quick successions. He might be given another role to play in the Modi cabinet.
Goyal has been instrumental in turning around the state-owned Coal India, improved power generation capacity, particularly in renewable sector. It is being estimated that India’s solar generation capacity would grow to 18 GW, which would be six times the number when Goyal took charge in 2014.
Also, the number of villages in the country that have still not electrified have come down from 18,000 in 2014 to just about 4000 today.
Goyal at 52 is among the youngest ministers in Modi Cabinet, and considering that he became a first time minister in 2014 as an MoS and just three years later is going to hold a full-fledged portfolio, his rise through the ranks has been pretty quick.
He was first noticed after the last general elections where he was in charge of publicity, advertising and social outreach. He was also, with his career as a successful chartered account and investment banker background, made party treasurer just like his father.