27 January, 2021

Piyush Goyal, 50

MoS (independent charge) for power, coal and new & renewable energy 5/10

Piyush Goyal, 50

The ever-smiling former BJP treasurer has landed one of the weightiest cabinet portfolios. Given Modi’s pre-election vow about making electrification a fundamental right, the general complaints by industry on the lag in energy supply, and the Supreme Court cancelling the license of 204 coal blocks, there is always going to be a heavy burden of expectations. Perhaps that’s why Goyal was “warned” by the PMO after he was spotted having dinner with an industrialist at a five-star hotel. So far the pace may seem slow but the consensus among energy experts and power companies is that having a hands-on minister who makes an effort to understand issues and “spares no one, not even himself”, has its share of advantages. But the consensus on Goyal is that while not out of his depth, this whiz with numbers has serious political issues to face. “He is bright, hardworking, quick in decision-making but under tremendous political pressure. He will not be able to handle it (the varied issues), mostly because of the situations,” warns S.L. Rao,...



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