New Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu
New Delhi, November 11, 2014 (PTI): Suresh Prabhu on Monday took over as the new Railway Minister and said
rail safety and customer service would be his priorities, as he seeks to unleash the true potential of the transport behemoth.
A 61-year-old banker-politician and a qualified Chartered Accountant, Suresh Prabhu returns to the Union Cabinet after having served in the Atal Behari Vajpayee
government . During Vajpayee's tenure from 1998 to 2004, Prabhu was Industry Minister, Minister of Environment and Forests, Minister of Fertilizers &
Chemicals, Power, Heavy Industry and Public Enterprises. Prabhu has represented the Rajapur Lok Sabha constituency in Konkan four times, from 1996 to 2009.
Suresh Prabhu, decided to severe ties with the Shiv Sena,just hours after he was inducted into Modi's cabinet. After 18
years with the Sena, he formally joined the BJP on Sunday, ahead of the swearing-in ceremony. Suresh Prabhu, who took oath as a Cabinet minister yesterday shortly after he
joined BJP from Shiv Sena, replacing SD Sadananda Gowda who was shifted to the Law ministry in the reshuffle.
"The Prime Minister has decided that the condition (of railways) has to change. Our two focus areas will be customer service and railway safety as passenger safety is increasingly becoming an area of concern," he said.
Prabhu said the economy is also dependent on railways. Railways are an integrating factor for the economy and, "if we work in
this direction we can propel economic growth," he said. With the public transporter having the largest workforce in the country, Prabhu said addressing their concerns
will also be high on his agenda as they are the driving force behind the railway's journey.