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There is lot of dynamism in the both Power & Renewable Energy Ministries which will be continued and all standards of performance set by the predecessor Piyush Goyal will be met, said Raj Kumar Singh who took over as new Union Minister of State (IC) in Ministries of Power & New & Renewable Energy here today.
Piyush Goyal, New Railways Minister & former Power Minister was present to hand over the charge to Singh. Talking to reporters after assuming his office , Singh said that the country is now energy surplus and that the vision of the Ministries has been defined by his predecessor. He assured Goyal that the good work started by him will be completed and the Prime Minister's vision will be realised.
On the occasion,Goyal said he has inherited the finest team of officers in the Government of India because everybody in the Ministries and PSUs related to it, is charged and emotional.
Goyal said, the officials in Ministries as well as in its PSUs want to cross limitless boundaries. The PSUs are very committed. Talking about Singh, Goyal said that he has always concerned about providing electricity to all homes and under his leadership now the power & New Renewable Energy Ministries will achieve new benchmarks of performance and targets.
Singh, a 1975-batch IAS officer, was also the former Union home secretary from 2011 to 2013 and had also headed defence production during the UPA-II regime. After his superannuation, on December 13, 2013, Singh joined the BJP and contested the 2014 Lok Sabha elections from Ara. He won with a margin of more than 1.35 lakh votes.
Singh, a first-time MP from Ara in Bihar, was sworn in as a minister of state in the Narendra Modi-led government at the Centre on Sunday.
On October 30, 1990, when Singh was the district magistrate of Samastipur, he had famously ordered the arrest of BJP stalwart Lal Krishna Advani when the veteran leader’s ‘Rath Yatra’ was on its way to Ayodhya from Somnath, Gujarat. Lalu Prasad was the chief minister of Bihar then.
But that was not the only time Singh had taken on the high and mighty and is even known to criticise his own party. He had made allegation against the party top brass for giving tickets to criminals and unworthy in lieu of money.
When Nitish Kumar came to power in Bihar in 2005, Singh, as principal secretary of road construction department, was instrumental in improving the road network in the state.