Piyush Goyal: Chartered accountant to politician

ST Correspondent
Friday, 31 May 2019

Among those who joined the Union Cabinet on Thursday is Piyush Goyal  (54). A Member of Parliament (Rajya Sabha), he was Minister of Railways & Minister of Coal in the Government of India. 

Mumbai: Among those who joined the Union Cabinet on Thursday is Piyush Goyal  (54). A Member of Parliament (Rajya Sabha), he was Minister of Railways & Minister of Coal in the Government of India. 

Goyal is in the public field for last 34 years. In his long political career, Goyal has held several important positions at different levels in the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and is in its National Executive. He has been the National Treasurer of the Party. He also 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. He was earlier Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Power, Coal, New & Renewable Energy (2014-2017) and Mines (2016-17). Goyal’s tenure saw transformational changes

During the Atal Bihari Vajpayee government, he was nominated to the Task Force for Interlinking of Rivers in 2002.

A Chartered Accountant by profession he is also a law graduate. He was a well-known investment banker and has advised top corporates on management strategy and growth. He also served on the Board of India’s largest commercial bank, the State Bank of India and Bank of Baroda.

His father, Late Vedprakash Goyal was Union Minister of Shipping, and the National Treasurer of the BJP for over two decades. His mother Chandrakanta Goyal was elected thrice to the Maharashtra Legislative Assembly from Mumbai. 

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