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A brief biography
As in 2019, May
Born: June 13, 1964
Experience: 2 Rajya Sabha Terms
The chartered accountant was seen as a performer in the Modi government after he successfully oversaw auctions of coal blocks that were cancelled by the Supreme Court.
His next challenge was to improve power supply and he did that by seeking to make utilities more efficient, while helping many of them avoid bankruptcy. Between all this, he successfully managed to push LED bulbs and renewable energy and ensured that nearly every household had an electricity connection.
A trusted aide of Modi, Goyal was the man the PM could count on to handle varied portfolios. Besides his own MoS for coal, power and renewable energy, Goyal also filled in for Arun Jaitley in the finance ministry when he was unwell. The low-profile Goyal comes from political legacy. His father Ved Prakash Goyal was minister for transport in the Atal Behari Vajpayee government while his mother Chandrakanta was a three-term MLA from Matunga in Mumbai. A chartered accountant and investment banker, Goyal was on the board of directors of Bank of Baroda and State Bank of India.
Goyal has been associated with BJP since 1984. He was a member of the national executive and national campaign in-charge for the Lok Sabha elections for a prolonged period. He is serving his second term in the Rajya Sabha. Known to work with a team of around 20 trusted advisors, mostly graduates of top business schools, Goyal has facts, figures, spreadsheets on the activities of his ministry at his disposal at all times.