Power, Coal and Renewable energy minister Piyush Goyal will now also serve nation as MoS (Ind pendent charge) for Mines.
On Wednesday, Goyal took over additional charge of the mining ministry from Narendra Singh Tomar who has now been given charge of Rural Development, Panchayati Raj, Drinking Water and Sanitation.
After assuming office, Goyal said, “I humbly accept the opportunity to build a robust mining sector to harness mineral wealth & create jobs.” “I congratulate Narendra Singh Tomar ji for bigger role at Rural Devpt Ministry. I thank Tomar ji for the robust foundation for transformation of mining sector. I am excited to take up the sector’s challenges.
“If we can target 30-40 per cent growth in the mining sector, we can contribute 1 per cent to the GDP growth rate,” he added.
Goyal said he will also meet and have a dialogue with all stakeholders for creating a future roadmap of growth and development in the mining sector.
“My primary focus will be for using the resources in the most effective manner,” he added.
Mining contributes around 2.5 per cent to the GDP whereas electricity almost 0.9 per cent of the GDP.
Thus, with this new charge, Goyal will now be contributing almost 3.5 percent of the Indian GDP.