Piyush Goyal

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Piyush Goyal
Piyush Goyal
Goyal at the Vibrant Gujarat Summit 2015
Minister of State (Independent Charge)
Mines
Assumed office
16 March 2017
Prime Minister Narendra Modi
Preceded by Arun Jaitley
Minister of State (Independent Charge)
Coal
Assumed office
26 May 2014
Prime Minister Narendra Modi
Preceded by Sriprakash Jaiswal
Minister of State (Independent Charge)
Power
Assumed office
26 May 2014
Prime Minister Narendra Modi
Preceded by Jyotiraditya Madhavrao Scindia
Minister of State (Independent Charge)
New and Renewable Energy
Assumed office
26 May 2014
Prime Minister Narendra Modi
Preceded by Farooq Abdullah
Member of Parliament (Rajya Sabha)
Assumed office
5th July 2010
Constituency Maharashtra
Personal details
Born (1964-06-13) 13 June 1964 (age 53)
Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
Nationality Indian
Political party Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)
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
Chartered accountant
Profession Politician
Religion Hinduism
Website www.piyushgoyal.in

Piyush Goyal is the Minister of State with Independent Charge for Power, Coal, New and Renewable Energy and Mines in the Government of India. He is currently a Member of Parliament (Rajya Sabha) 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]

Personal life[edit]

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][3]

He has had a strong academic record - all-India second rank holder Chartered Accountant[4] 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.[5]

Career[edit]

A well-known investment banker, he has advised top corporates on management strategy and growth; also served on the Board of India’s largest commercial bank, State Bank of India and Bank of Baroda.[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).[6]

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 the minister-in-waiting for US President Barack Obama who visited India on 26 January 2015.[citation needed]

He was elected as the BJP candidate from Maharashtra for the Rajya Sabha on 3 June 2016.[7][8]

Union minister[edit]

Piyush Goyal is the Minister of State with Independent Charge for Power, Coal, New and Renewable Energy in the Government of India.[9]

He said that his ministry has been able to electrify 13,134 remote villages by April 2017 out of 18,452. He also claimed to have added another 60 GW capacity in his tenure of two years as compared to addition of 240 GW in last 65 years.[10] He launched the Ujwal DISCOM Assurance Yojana (UDAY) to revive debt ridden Power DISCOMS of the country in 2015 and has managed to sign MOU's with 27 states as of April 2017.[11]

He revised the Government's target of 20,000 MW of solar power by 2022 to five times (i.e. 100 GW).[12]

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.[13]

References[edit]

Political offices
Preceded by
Narendra Singh Tomar
Minister of Mines
(Minister of State with
Independent charge)

5 July 2016 - Present
Succeeded by
Incumbent

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