Nirmala Sitharaman becomes Defence Minister, Piyush Goyal gets Railways


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"But I have seen Prabhu working like that 15 years ago". The officials say that Goyal can help frame a policy at a central level and also inspect local station and improve facilities for commuters travelling in local trains.

In his tweets, he congratulated the new ministers as well as those who had been elevated.

Nirmala Sitharaman was on Sunday named India's Defence Minister in a reshuffle-cum-expansion of his ministry carried out by Prime Minister Narendra Modi that also saw Piyush Goyal take charge of Indian Railways. For Goyal, the railways high operating ratio, which reflects poor financial health, will also be a matter of concern.

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Goyal said the "culture of non-stop work" in the government was practised by Prabhu when he headed the force.

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. "We all have to just follow his track", said Goyal.

However, a challenge awaits Goyal as he is taking over the Railways Ministry at a time it is facing big challenges on safety as well as its business.

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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".

"I am confident that he would contribute to the development of the nation", he said. "Wishing you all a great life", Prabhu tweeted after a swearing in ceremony of ministers at Rashtrapati Bhavan.

Prabhu had offered to quit on August 23 after back-to-back train derailments.

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