Suresh Prabhu

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Suresh Prabhakar Prabhu
Minister of Railways
Assumed office
9 November 2014
Prime Minister Narendra Modi
Preceded by D. V. Sadananda Gowda
Minister of Power
In office
30 September 2000 – 24 August 2002
Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee
Preceded by Rangarajan Kumaramangalam
Succeeded by Anant Geete
Member of the Indian Parliament
for Rajapur
In office
Preceded by Sudhir Sawant
Succeeded by Constituency abolished
MP of Rajya Sabha for [Haryana]]
In office
29th November 2014 – 21 June 2016
MP of Rajya Sabha for Andhra Pradesh[1]
Assumed office
22 June 2016
Preceded by Nirmala Sitharaman
Personal details
Born (1953-07-11) 11 July 1953 (age 63)
Bombay, Bombay State (present-day Mumbai, Maharashtra)
Political party Bharatiya Janata Party (2014–present)
Other political
Shiv Sena (before 2014)
Spouse(s) Uma
Children 1
Residence Mumbai, Maharashtra
Alma mater University of Mumbai
Profession Chartered accountant, social worker, educationist

Suresh Prabhakar Prabhu (born 11 July 1953) is an Indian politician and the current Railway Minister of India, under the Narendra Modi government.[2] He is a Chartered Accountant by profession and a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India. Since 1996, Prabhu has been a repeatedly elected Member of Parliament from Rajapur Lok Sabha constituency in Maharashtra as a member of the Shiv Sena (SS) political party. He quit Shiv Sena and joined BJP on 9 November 2014.[3] He currently represents Andhra Pradesh in Upper House of Indian Parliament.

Education and career[edit]

Suresh Prabhu completed his high school from Sharadashram Vidya Mandir, Dadar, Mumbai, followed by a Bachelor in Commerce with Honours from M.L. Dahanukar College, Vile Parle, Mumbai.[4] He received a Bachelor in Law degree from the New Law College (Ruparel College campus), Mumbai.[5] Prabhu is a Chartered Accountant and a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India. He was All India 11th (eleventh) rank holder in CA exam.[4][6][7]

Political career[edit]

He was, at various times during the Premiership of Atal Bihari Vajpayee of 1998 to 2004, Industry Minister, Minister of Environment and Forests, Minister of Fertilizers & Chemicals, Power, Heavy Industry and Public Enterprises. As the Union Minister for Power, he won praise for his performance.[3] As Minister of Power, Prabhu introduced major reforms in India's power sector.[8] He is credited with championing and enacting The Electricity Act, 2003 and the reforms that created securitization of dues from the states. He has been elected four times to the Lok Sabha, India's parliament, from Maharashtra since 1996.[3] However, he lost his seat in the 2009 general election.

He was also Chairman of Task Force for Interlinking of Rivers with a status and rank of Union Cabinet Minister.[3] He was elected a member of the World Bank parliamentary network and chaired the South Asia Water regional group of the World Bank.[9]

Asia week rated him as one of three future leaders of India.[10] As a mark of protest against the cancellation of Narendra Modi's keynote address at the Wharton India Economic Forum 2013, he called off his visit to the University.[3] The NDA government under the leadership of Narendra Modi appointed him as the head of a high-level panel on power revamp — "Advisory Group for Integrated Development of Power, Coal and Renewable Energy" in July 2014.[11]

On 9 November 2014, he was sworn-in as Cabinet minister in Narendra Modi government. He is currently the Union Railway Minister of India.[12] He is the only Railway Minister who introduced railway budget without launching a single train and more focused on facilities during fiscal year 2015-2016.[citation needed]

He was elected as Rajya Sabha member on 3 June 2016.[13]

Personal life[edit]

He is married to journalist Uma Prabhu; they have a son, Ameya Prabhu.

Suresh Prabhu currently resides in Delhi and is a native of Medha - Malvan (District - Sindhudurg) Maharashtra.


He received the Goud Saraswat Brahmin Samaj Maharatha Award on 18 August 2016.[14][15]

See also[edit]


Lok Sabha
Preceded by
Sudhir Sawant
Member of Parliament
for Rajapur

Succeeded by
Constituency merged into
Ratnagiri–Sindhudurg constituency
Nilesh Narayan Rane
Political offices
Preceded by
P R Kumaramangalam
Minister of Power
30 September 2000 - 24 August 2002
Succeeded by
Anant Geete
Preceded by
D. V. Sadananda Gowda
Minister of Railways
2014 – Present
Succeeded by

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