Piyush Goyal

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Who is Piyush Goyal

Piyush Goyal, who had been the Union minister for railways and coal in the first term of the Narendra Modi-led Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government at the Centre, has been given charge of the railways and commerce & industry ministries in the second term. In the previous term of the BJP government, Goyal had also donned the hat of the finance minister on a couple of occasions, standing in for then Finance Minister Arun Jaitley during phases of the latter’s ailment. Goyal was the finance minister and corporate affairs minister from January 23 to February 15, 2019). He presented the Interim Budget for 2019-20. Among the most crucial things he announced in the Interim Budget was a tax concession to the lowest bracket of the salaried class. He also announced a scheme for income transfer to farmers.    Previously, besides holding the independent charge of the coal ministry as a minister of state, Goyal also held the power, new & renewable energy and mines portfolios from July 5, 2016, to September 3, 2017.   A member of the BJP, he has been representing Maharashtra in the Rajya Sabha since 2010.   During the first term of the Modi government, Piyush Goyal's tenure as the power minister saw the rollout of the Ujwal DISCOM Assurance Yojana (UDAY) and fast-tracking of electrification of nearly 18,000 unelectrified villages under the Pradhan Mantri Sahaj Bijli Har Ghar Yojana (Saubhagya). He also oversaw the government's LED bulb distribution programme, known as UJALA. He was first given the temporary additional charge of the Ministry of Finance from May through August 2018, as Jaitley was undergoing medical treatment. During his second stint as the interim finance minister, Goyal’s Interim Budget also saw the rollout of the PM-KISAN scheme, a direct cash income support scheme for small and marginal farmers. The measure, besides the income-tax rebate for middle-class taxpayers and other select announcements, were viewed as the government's bid to woo voters, especially distressed farmers, in the run-up to the 2019 elections.

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Centre directs 100% auction of dust tea grades from North India

2 min read Last Updated : Feb 26 2024 | 10:40 PM IST

WTO should not negotiate rules on non-trade issues, says Piyush Goyal

3 min read Last Updated : Feb 26 2024 | 10:27 PM IST

WTO meet: India to seek permanent solution to food security issues

5 min read Last Updated : Feb 25 2024 | 12:13 PM IST

India will not rush into signing free trade deals, says Piyush Goyal

2 min read Last Updated : Feb 23 2024 | 11:24 PM IST

Hope nations will come to WTO meet with positive attitude like India: Goyal

4 min read Last Updated : Feb 23 2024 | 2:47 PM IST

India-EU FTA must be fair, equitable and balanced: Goyal at CII event

3 min read Last Updated : Feb 22 2024 | 8:05 AM IST

Govt negotiates trade, investment agreements with open mind: Goyal

2 min read Last Updated : Feb 21 2024 | 11:23 PM IST

Highlights of the day: Farmers say won't march to Delhi for 2 days

4 min read Last Updated : Feb 22 2024 | 1:03 AM IST

Highlights of the day: Security up at Delhi borders ahead of farmers' march

4 min read Last Updated : Feb 20 2024 | 8:43 PM IST

Piyush Goyal confident of interest rate cut by RBI in coming months

2 min read Last Updated : Feb 19 2024 | 7:00 PM IST

Farmer leaders to inform about decision on govt proposals by Feb 20: Goyal

3 min read Last Updated : Feb 19 2024 | 6:48 AM IST

Panel of 3 Union ministers hold talks with farmer leaders in Chandigarh

3 min read Last Updated : Feb 15 2024 | 8:11 PM IST

Union ministers to meet farmer leaders today: 5 key things to know

2 min read Last Updated : Feb 15 2024 | 12:48 PM IST

Farmers protest: Ministers, farm unions hold talks ahead of rally

2 min read Last Updated : Feb 12 2024 | 11:17 PM IST

SEA seeks import curbs on finished products to protect oleochemical sector

1 min read Last Updated : Feb 12 2024 | 7:31 PM IST

Ram temple symbol of peace, unity and harmony: Piyush Goyal in Rajya Sabha

3 min read Last Updated : Feb 10 2024 | 10:10 PM IST

India continues to be preferred destination for FDI, says Piyush Goyal

2 min read Last Updated : Feb 09 2024 | 7:18 PM IST

Govt sets up task force to resolve non-tariff barriers, says Piyush Goyal

2 min read Last Updated : Feb 07 2024 | 4:45 PM IST

Productivity of sugar mills increased, over 99% cane dues cleared: Goyal

2 min read Last Updated : Feb 07 2024 | 2:58 PM IST

PLI scheme to support industry only initially, not create dependency: Goyal

3 min read Last Updated : Feb 03 2024 | 8:37 PM IST