Piyush Vedprakash Goyal (born 13 June 1964) is an Indian politician. He is the present minister of Railways, Coal and Corporate Affairs in the Government of India, He was improvised to Cabinet Minister position on 3 September 2017. He is presently a Member of Parliament for Rajya Sabha from the state of Maharashtra and was earlier the National Treasurer of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). He leads the BJP’s Information Communication Campaign Committee and oversaw the publicity and advertising campaign of the party including the social media outreach for the Indian General Elections 2014.
Personal life and family
Piyush Goyal was born to Ved Prakash Goyal and Chandrakanta Goyal in Mumbai, Maharashtra on June 13, 1964. His father worked as a BJP treasurer for a very long time. Ved also got the position of Union Minister for shipping in the Vajpayee government. His mother was a person of Maharashtra legislative assembly. He has had a high academic record – all-India second rank holder Chartered Accountant and second rank holder in Law in Mumbai University. He has interacted in Leadership Programs at Yale University (2011), Oxford University (2012) and Princeton University (2013) and is presently pursuing the Owner / President Management (OPM) Program at Harvard Business School. He did his schooling from Don Bosco High School, Matunga is married to Seema Goyal and they have two children, both of whom studied at Harvard University.
Following the guidance of his father, he came in the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in 1984. In his career as a member of BJP, he occupied many important positions. He was also the person of the Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha.
Currently, he is the member of Rajya Sabha. Prior to it, he served as the national treasurer of the party, like his father. Goyal was also the chairperson of Information Communication Campaign Committee of the party. In the Lok Sabha elections of 2014, Goyal was responsible after all the advertising campaign and the social media. He was also given the responsibility of publicity and campaign during the General Elections of 1991. He played a prominent role in the party publicity. In fact, he was the first one to come up with the concept of Modi as PM. Heading the Information Technology (IT) communication sub-committee, Goyal needed to fulfill the agenda of Modi to get the sites NaMo for PM and Mission 272+ in the top ranking. In another letter, he looks after all the party initiatives through social media. Completed in the economic issues, Goyal held the seat of Parliamentary Standing Committee on Finance and the Consultative Committee for the Ministry of Defence, while he was the member of the Rajya Sabha. He took part in many economic discourses in the Parliament. He was also appointed as the secretary of BJP in Mumbai. It is assumed that Goyal is close to both Narendra Modi and Arun Jaitley.
CA from a profession, he was the member of the State Bank of India and Bank of Baroda. Starting the OPM (Owner/President Management) programme at present, Goyal participated in leadership programmes at Yale University in 2011, at Oxford University in 2012 and at Princeton University in 2013. In May 2018, he has been given additional charge of Ministry of Finance as Arun Jaitley has to undergo by medical treatment.