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Minister of Railways (India)

The Minister of Railways is the head of the Ministry of Railways of the Government of India. The railway minister is usually accorded a cabinet rank, and is responsible for Indian Railways, one of the largest employers in the world. An important responsibility of the railway minister was to present in Parliament the Railway Budget, the Annual Financial Statement of Indian Railways.

Minister of Railways
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Incumbent
Piyush Goyal

since 3 September 2017
Ministry of Railways
Member ofCabinet of India
AppointerPresident
on the advice of the Prime Minister
Inaugural holderJohn Mathai
Formation15 August 1947

Piyush Goyal of the Bharatiya Janata Party is the current Minister of Railways, serving since 3 September 2017.

List of railway ministersEdit

Name Portrait Term of office Political party
(Alliance)
Prime Minister
1 John Mathai   15 August 1947 22 September 1948 Indian National Congress Jawaharlal Nehru
2 N. Gopalaswami Ayyangar   22 September 1948 13 May 1952
3 Lal Bahadur Shastri   13 May 1952 7 December 1956
4 Jagjivan Ram   7 December 1956 10 April 1962
5 Swaran Singh 10 April 1962 21 September 1963
6 H. C. Dasappa 21 September 1963 8 June 1964
7 S. K. Patil 9 June 1964 12 March 1967 Lal Bahadur Shastri
Indira Gandhi
8 C. M. Poonacha   13 March 1967 14 February 1969 Indira Gandhi
9 Ram Subhag Singh   14 February 1969 4 November 1969
10 Panampilly Govinda Menon   4 November 1969 18 February 1970
11 Gulzarilal Nanda   18 February 1970 17 March 1971
12 K. Hanumanthaiah 18 March 1971 22 July 1972
13 T. A. Pai 23 July 1972 4 February 1973
14 Lalit Narayan Mishra 5 February 1973 2 January 1975
15 Kamalapati Tripathi 11 February 1975 23 March 1977
16 Madhu Dandavate 26 March 1977 28 July 1979 Janata Party Morarji Desai
(13) T. A. Pai 30 July 1979 13 January 1980 Janata Party (Secular) Charan Singh
(15) Kamalapati Tripathi 14 January 1980 12 November 1980 Indian National Congress Indira Gandhi
17 Kedar Pandey 12 November 1980 14 January 1982
18 Prakash Chandra Sethi 15 January 1982 2 September 1982
19 A. B. A. Ghani Khan Choudhury   2 September 1982 31 December 1984 Indira Gandhi
Rajiv Gandhi
20 Bansi Lal 31 December 1984 25 September 1985 Rajiv Gandhi
(20) Bansi Lal (Minister of Transport) 25 September 1985 4 June 1986
21 Mohsina Kidwai (Minister of Transport) 24 June 1986 21 October 1986
22 Madhavrao Scindia (MoS Independent Charge)   22 October 1986 1 December 1989
23 George Fernandes   5 December 1989 10 November 1990 Janata Dal V. P. Singh
24 Janeshwar Mishra 21 November 1990 21 June 1991 Samajwadi Janata Party Chandra Shekhar
25 C. K. Jaffer Sharief   21 June 1991 16 October 1995 Indian National Congress P. V. Narasimha Rao
26 Ram Vilas Paswan   1 June 1996 19 March 1998 Janata Dal
(United Front)
H. D. Deve Gowda
I. K. Gujral
27 Nitish Kumar   19 March 1998 5 August 1999 Samata Party
(NDA)
Atal Bihari Vajpayee
28 Ram Naik 6 August 1999 12 October 1999 Bharatiya Janata Party
(NDA)
29 Mamata Banerjee   13 October 1999 15 March 2001 All India Trinamool Congress
(NDA)
(27) Nitish Kumar   20 March 2001 22 May 2004 Janata Dal (United)
(NDA)
30 Lalu Prasad Yadav   23 May 2004 22 May 2009 Rashtriya Janata Dal
(UPA)
Manmohan Singh
(29) Mamata Banerjee   23 May 2009 19 May 2011 All India Trinamool Congress
(UPA)
31 Dinesh Trivedi   12 July 2011 19 March 2012
32 Mukul Roy   20 March 2012 22 September 2012
33 C. P. Joshi 22 September 2012 28 October 2012 Indian National Congress
(UPA)
34 Pawan Kumar Bansal   29 October 2012 10 May 2013
(33) C. P. Joshi 13 May 2013 14 June 2013
35 Mallikarjun Kharge   17 June 2013 26 May 2014
36 D. V. Sadananda Gowda 26 May 2014 9 November 2014 Bharatiya Janata Party
(NDA)
Narendra Modi
37 Suresh Prabhu   9 November 2014 3 September 2017
38 Piyush Goyal 4 September 2017 Incumbent
If the office of Minister of Railways is vacant for any length of time, it automatically comes under the charge of the Prime Minister.

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