Piyush Goyal

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Piyush Goyal
MP
Piyush Goyal
Goyal in 2016
Minister of Finance
In office
14 May 2018 – 23 August 2018
Prime Minister Narendra Modi
Preceded by Arun Jaitley
Succeeded by Arun Jaitley
Minister of Railways
Assumed office
3 September 2017
Prime Minister Narendra Modi
Preceded by Suresh Prabhu
Minister of Coal
Assumed office
3 September 2017
Prime Minister Narendra Modi
Minister of Corporate Affairs
In office
14 May 2018 – 23 August 2018
Prime Minister Narendra Modi
Preceded by Arun Jaitley
Succeeded by Arun Jaitley
Minister of Coal (Independent Charge)
In office
26 May 2014 – 3 September 2017
Prime Minister Narendra Modi
Preceded by Sriprakash Jaiswal
Minister of Power (Independent Charge)
In office
26 May 2014 – 3 September 2017
Prime Minister Narendra Modi
Preceded by Jyotiraditya Scindia
Succeeded by R. K. Singh
Minister of New and Renewable Energy (Independent Charge)
In office
26 May 2014 – 3 September 2017
Prime Minister Narendra Modi
Preceded by Farooq Abdullah
Succeeded by R. K. Singh
Minister of Mines (Independent Charge)
In office
5 July 2016 – 3 September 2017
Prime Minister Narendra Modi
Preceded by Narendra Singh Tomar
Succeeded by Narendra Singh Tomar
Member of Parliament, Rajya Sabha
Assumed office
5th July 2010
Constituency Maharashtra
Personal details
Born (1964-06-13) 13 June 1964 (age 54)
Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
Spouse(s) Seema Goyal
Children 1 son, 1 daughter
Mother Chandrakanta Goyal
Father Ved Prakash Goyal
Alma mater Government Law College, Mumbai[1]
University of Mumbai
C.A.
Website www.piyushgoyal.in

Piyush Vedprakash Goyal (born 13 June 1964) is an Indian politician and the current minister of Railways, Coal and Corporate Affairs in the Government of India. He was elevated to Cabinet Minister position on 3 September 2017. He is currently a Member of Parliament for Rajya Sabha from the state of Maharashtra and was earlier the National Treasurer of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). He headed the BJP's Information Communication Campaign Committee and oversaw the publicity and advertising campaign of the party including the social media outreach for the Indian General Elections 2014.[2] Mr. Goyal is the 2018 Carnot Prize Recipient for distinguished contributions to energy policy.[3][4]

Personal life

He is the son of Late Shri Ved Prakash Goyal who had served as a Union Minister for shipping in the Atal Bihari Vajpayee cabinet and was also in Bhartiya Janta Party (BJP) for a long time.[clarification needed][5] His mother Chandrakanta Goel was a three-time MLA from Maharashtra.

He has had a strong academic record - all-India second rank holder Chartered Accountant[6] and second rank holder in Law in Mumbai University. He has participated in Leadership Programs at Yale University (2011), Oxford University (2012) and Princeton University (2013) and is currently pursuing the Owner / President Management (OPM) Program at Harvard Business School. He did his schooling from Don Bosco High School, Matunga.[7]

He is married to Seema Goyal and they have two children, both of whom studied at Harvard University.[8]

Career

He served on the board of India’s largest commercial banks, the State Bank of India 2001-2004 and Bank of Baroda 2002-2004 as Government nominee.[citation needed]

Piyush was a member of the Standing Committee on Finance and the Consultative Committee for the Ministry of Defence. An active member of the Managing Committee of Indian Merchants Chamber, he is also involved with NGOs in diverse fields such as tribal education and welfare of the physically challenged (Jaipur Foot).[9]

During his 28-year-long political career, he has served on the National Executive and held several important positions in the BJP. He was also nominated by the Government of India to the Task Force for Interlinking of Rivers. He was the Dy. Campaign In-charge for the Parliament elections in 1991 and played a key role at the central level in all elections since 2004.

He was elected as the Bhatiya Janta Party candidate from Maharashtra for the Rajya Sabha on 3 June 2016.[10][11]

Union minister

Piyush Goyal (54) is the Minister of Railways & Minister of Coal in the Government of India. He is a Member of the Upper House of the Parliament of India (Rajya Sabha), and was earlier the Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Power, Coal, New & Renewable Energy (2014-2017) and Mines (2016-17).

Mr Goyal’s tenure saw transformational changes in India’s power sector including the fast-tracking of electrification of the nearly 18,000 unelectrified villages [12][13] in some of the remotest and inaccessible parts of the country, the rollout of the most comprehensive power sector reform ever (UDAY), the success of the world’s largest LED bulb distribution programme (UJALA) for energy efficiency, and massive proliferation of renewable energy through the world’s largest renewable energy expansion programme [14]. The International Energy Agency (IEA) reports that in the year 2000, less than half of India’s population had access to electricity. By 2018 during Mr. Goyal's Tenure, more than 80% of the population had access to electricity. The IEA added that at this pace India will have universal electrification by 2020, "One of the largest successes in the history of electrification.” Other achievements of Mr. Goyal include the elimination of coal shortages to improve the energy security of India and the successful conduct of transparent e-auctions of coal blocks.[15] He revised the Government's target of 20 GW of solar power by 2022 to five times (i.e. 100 GW).[16]

On 5 July 2016, during the second cabinet reshuffle of the Narendra Modi ministry, Piyush Goyal took over as the Minister of Mines (Minister of State with Independent charge) from Narendra Singh Tomar.[17] He became the Minister of Railways on 3 September 2017.[18]

From May through August of 2018, he was temporarily given additional charge of Ministry of Finance during Arun Jaitley's absence for medical treatment.

References

  1. ^ http://www.archive.india.gov.in/govt/rajyasabhampbiodata.php?mpcode=2173
  2. ^ Biography - Piyush Goyal
  3. ^ https://kleinmanenergy.upenn.edu/carnot-recipient/piyush-goyal
  4. ^ https://kleinmanenergy.upenn.edu/blog/2018/07/30/years-carnot-prize-honors-courage-amidst-complexity
  5. ^ "Minister of State (Independent Charge): Piyush Goyal", NDTV
  6. ^ "Account Suspended". Archived from the original on 3 February 2016.
  7. ^ "You cannot control inflation by hoping to choke demand: Piyush Goyal", The Economic Times
  8. ^ "Cabinet rejig: Uma, Rudy skip swearing-in ceremony", The Times of India, 4 September 2017
  9. ^ "Detailed Profile - Shri Piyush Goyal - Members of Parliament (Rajya Sabha) - Who's Who - Government: National Portal of India".
  10. ^ "Piyush Goyal, P Chidambaram Elected To Rajya Sabha From Maharashtra", NDTV, 3 June 2016
  11. ^ "Naidu, Naqvi, Goyal among 12 in BJP's RS list", ABP Live, 29 May 2016
  12. ^ http://garv.gov.in/dashboard
  13. ^ http://saubhagya.gov.in/
  14. ^ http://www.piyushgoyal.in/biography/
  15. ^ Mizoram becomes 27th state to join UDAY, 2 April 2017
  16. ^ "Round two of solar parks bidding soon", The Hindu, 7 June 2016
  17. ^ "No more a people ministry for Birender Singh, now the steel minister". Business Standard. 6 July 2016. Retrieved 8 July 2016.
  18. ^ "Modi Cabinet reshuffle: Full list of new council of ministers", The Times of India, 3 September 2017
Political offices
Preceded by
Sriprakash Jaiswal
Minister of Coal
26 May 2014 - Present
Incumbent
Preceded by
Jyotiraditya Madhavrao Scindia
Minister of Power
(Minister of State with
Independent charge)

26 May 2014 - 3 September 2017
Succeeded by
R. K. Singh
(Minister of State with
Independent charge)
Preceded by
Farooq Abdullah
Minister of New and Renewable Energy
(Minister of State with
Independent charge)

26 May 2014 - 3 September 2017
Succeeded by
R. K. Singh
(Minister of State with
Independent charge)
Preceded by
Narendra Singh Tomar
Minister of Mines
(Minister of State with
Independent charge)

5 July 2016 - 3 September 2017
Succeeded by
Narendra Singh Tomar
Preceded by
Suresh Prabhu
Minister of Railways
2017 – Present
Incumbent

External links

  • Official Website
  • Biography
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