Ashwini Vaishnaw took charge as new Railway Minister

Former bureaucrat-turned-entrepreneur turned politician Ashwini Vaishnaw took charge as new Railway Minister on Thursday. Vaishnaw will also hold two other important portfolios of Minister of Communications and Minister of Electronics and Information Technology.

"Excellent work has been done in the Railways over the past 67 years. I am here to take the vision of Prime Minister Narendra Modi forward," Vaishnaw said while taking the charge.

The newly appointed minister later took to Twitter to express his gratitude to the PM.

"Took charge as Cabinet Minister of Railways today. Once again from the core of my heart, I extend my gratitude to Hon'ble PM @narendramodi ji for entrusting me this responsibility," he said.

A former IAS officer of the 1994-batch, Vaishnaw has an MBA from Wharton School, Pennsylvania University and an M.Tech from Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Kanpur.  He handled important responsibilities for over 15 years and was particularly known for his contribution to the public-private partnership (PPP) framework in infrastructure, something that will help him in the rail sector.