Cabinet Reshuffle: The rise and rise of Piyush Goyal

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A beleaguered Suresh Prabhu, who had taken the "moral responsibility" for a recent spate of train accidents, came in for high praise from his successor Piyush Goyal, who took charge as the new Railway minister today. The move, that came amidst a spate of accidents putting the role of Prabhu in question, did not surprise anyone.

Appreciating the the efforts put in by his predecessor Suresh Prabhu, Goyal said: "Now people talk about ministers working 24×7".

Prabhu had not attended office after August 23, when he met Prime Minister Narendra Modi and offered to resign after the accidents last month.

Goyal, who was earlier the minister of state for power, will have his task cut out as the railways battles a creaking infrastructure and revenue shortage on back of low fares and stiff competition from budget airlines.

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Pradhan's elevation was backed by the success of some of the key schemes of Modi's government - the "Give It Up" for LPG subsidies and the direct benefit transfer of the PAHAL scheme.

Goyal would get the help of Lohani, an Indian Railway Service officer who knows the Railways inside-outside, in setting the agenda for Railways.

An infrastructure expert said on condition of anonymity that Gadkari had received charge of the river development ministry to smooth the way towards development of national waterways and the ambitious plan of inter-linking rivers.

"Goyalji is like my younger brother and now he will take over as new Railway Minister".

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