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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. Piyush Goyal of the Bharatiya Janata Party is the current Minister of Railways, serving since 3 September 2017. After 2019 General elections, he was again given the portfolio of Railways along with Commerce and Industry

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

List of railway ministersEdit

Name Portrait Term of office Political party
(Alliance)
Prime Minister
1 Asaf Ali 02 September 1946 14 August 1947 Indian National Congress Jawaharlal Nehru
2 John Mathai   15 August 1947 22 September 1948
3 N. Gopalaswami Ayyangar   22 September 1948 13 May 1952
4 Lal Bahadur Shastri   13 May 1952 07 December 1956
5 Jagjivan Ram   07 December 1956 10 April 1962
6 Swaran Singh 10 April 1962 21 September 1963
7 H. C. Dasappa 21 September 1963 08 June 1964
8 S. K. Patil 09 June 1964 12 March 1967 Lal Bahadur Shastri
Indira Gandhi
9 C. M. Poonacha   13 March 1967 14 February 1969 Indira Gandhi
10 Ram Subhag Singh 14 February 1969 4 November 1969
11 Panampilli Govinda Menon   4 November 1969 18 February 1970
12 Gulzarilal Nanda   18 February 1970 17 March 1971
13 K. Hanumanthaiya 18 March 1971 22 July 1972
14 T. A. Pai 23 July 1972 04 February 1973
15 Lalit Narayan Mishra 05 February 1973 02 January 1975
16 Kamalapati Tripathi 11 February 1975 23 March 1977
17 Madhu Dandavate 26 March 1977 28 July 1979 Janata Party Morarji Desai
18 T. A. Pai 30 July 1979 13 January 1980 Janata Party (Secular) Charan Singh
19 Kamalapati Tripathi 14 January 1980 12 November 1980 Indian National Congress Indira Gandhi
20 Kedar Pandey 12 November 1980 14 January 1982
21 Prakash Chandra Sethi 15 January 1982 02 September 1982
22 A. B. A. Ghani Khan Choudhury   02 September 1982 31 December 1984 Indira Gandhi
Rajiv Gandhi
23 Bansi Lal 31 December 1984 25 September 1985 Rajiv Gandhi
24 Bansi Lal (Minister of Transport) 25 September 1985 04 June 1986
25 Mohsina Kidwai (Minister of Transport) 24 June 1986 21 October 1986
26 Madhavrao Scindia (Mos Independent Charge)   22 October 1986 01 December 1989
27 George Fernandes   05 December 1989 10 November 1990 Janata Dal V. P. Singh
28 Janeshwar Mishra 21 November 1990 21 June 1991 Samajwadi Janata Party Chandra Shekhar
29 C. K. Jaffer Sharief   21 June 1991 16 October 1995 Indian National Congress P. V. Narasimha Rao
30 Ram Vilas Paswan   01 June 1996 19 March 1998 Janata Dal
(United Front)
H. D. Deve Gowda
I. K. Gujral
31 Nitish Kumar   19 March 1998 05 August 1999 Samata Party
(NDA)
Atal Bihari Vajpayee
32 Ram Naik 06 August 1999 12 October 1999 Bharatiya Janata Party
(NDA)
33 Mamata Banerjee   13 October 1999 15 March 2001 All India Trinamool Congress
(NDA)
34 Nitish Kumar   20 March 2001 22 May 2004 Janata Dal (United)
(NDA)
35 Lalu Prasad Yadav   23 May 2004 22 May 2009 Rashtriya Janata Dal
(UPA)
Manmohan Singh
36 Mamata Banerjee   23 May 2009 19 May 2011 All India Trinamool Congress
(UPA)
37 Dinesh Trivedi   12 July 2011 19 March 2012
38 Mukul Roy   20 March 2012 22 September 2012
39 C. P. Joshi 22 September 2012 28 October 2012 Indian National Congress
(UPA)
40 Pawan Kumar Bansal   29 October 2012 10 May 2013
41 C. P. Joshi 13 May 2013 14 June 2013
42 Mallikarjun Kharge   17 June 2013 26 May 2014
43 D. V. Sadananda Gowda 26 May 2014 09 November 2014 Bharatiya Janata Party
(NDA)
Narendra Modi
44 Suresh Prabhu   09 November 2014 03 September 2017
45 Piyush Goyal 04 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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