Minister of Railways, and Minister of Commerce and Industry (May 2019 – Present): Piyush Goyal
Date of Birth: Goyal was born on June 13, 1964.
Place of Birth: He was born at Mumbai.
Parents: His mother is Chandrakanta Goyal and his father is Ved Prakash Goyal. Mrs. Goyal has been a 3-time BJP Member of Legislative Assembly (MLA) from Maharashtra. Mr. Goyal worked as the Union Minister for Shipping from 2001 to 2003.
Spouse: He is married to Seema Goyal and they have 2 children – a daughter and a son.
Political Party: He is affiliated to Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). He has served as the National Treasurer of the party. He has also led its Information Communication Campaign Committee. In this role, he managed the advertising and publicity campaign of the party.
This also included the social media outreach that took place during the Lok Sabha elections of 2014.
Education: Goyal did his schooling at the Don Bosco High School in Matunga. He completed his graduation at the Government Law College, Mumbai, after which he went to the University of Mumbai (ICAI) and the Harvard University later on. Goyal has a highly commendable academic record. He stood second in law at the Mumbai University and he also secured second rank in India in the Chartered Accountancy exams.
In 2011, he took part in a leadership programme at Yale University and in 2012 he took part in the same kind of programme at the Oxford University. In 2013, he took part in a leadership programme at the Princeton University.
Career: Before becoming a politician, Goyal worked as an investment banker. He has served on the board of some of the biggest commercial banks in the country. From 2001 to 2004, he was on the board of State Bank of India. From 2002 to 2004, he served on the board of Bank of Baroda. On both occasions, he was nominated by the Government of India. In 2018, he received the Carnot Prize for the level of contributions he has made to the energy policy of India.
Political Milestones: On July 5, 2010, he became a Member of Parliament (MP) of Rajya Sabha from Maharashtra. From July 5, 2016, to September 3, 2017, he served as the Union Minister of Mines on independent charge. From May 26, 2014 to September 3, 2017, he was the Union Minister of New and Renewable Energy on Independent charge. In the same period, he was also the Union Minister of Power on Independent Charge. In addition, from May 14, 2018, to August 23, 2018, he served as the Union Minister of Corporate Affairs.
He did this work on an additional charge basis. From January 23, 2019 to February 15, 2019 he served as the Union Minister of Finance. From May 26, 2014 to May 30, 2019 he served as the Union Minister of Coal on independent charge. On May 30, 2019 he became the Union Minister of Commerce and Industry. On September 3, 2017 he became the Union Minister of Railways.