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Piyush Goyal

The Union minister for railways and coal in the Narendra Modi-led Bharatiya Janata Party government at the Centre, Piyush Goyal has also donned the hat of the finance minister on a couple of occasions, standing in for Finance Minister Arun Jaitley during phases of ailment. Goyal was the finance minister and corporate affairs minister from January 23 to February 15, 2019). Previously, besides holding independent charge of the coal ministry as a minister of state, Goyal also held the power, new and renewable energy 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.
 
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 temporarily given additional charge of the Ministry of Finance from May through August 2018 as Jaitley was undergoing a medical treatment. He again took charge as the finance and corporate affairs minister on January 23, 2019 and shouldered that responsibility until February 15, 2019. During this time, he presented the Interim Budget 2019, in which the government rolled out the PM-KISAN scheme, a direct cash income support scheme for small and marginal farmers; and an income-tax rebate for middle-class taxpayers. The two measures, along with other select announcements, have been viewed as the government's bid to woo voters, especially distressed farmers, ahead of the 2019 elections. Piyush Goyal is also a member of the committee tasked with preparing BJP's manifesto for the Lok Sabha polls.

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