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Goyal takes on mining portfolio

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Piyush Goyal, the Indian Minister for Power, Coal and Renewable Energy, is to add the mining portfolio to his brief, replacing current Minister for Mines, Narendra Singh Tomar.

Tomar will become the new Minister for Rural Development, Panchayati Raj (local government), Drinking Water and Sanitation.

Paying tribute to his predecessor, Goyal said Tomar had done an “outstanding job of improving the basic infrastructure of the mining sector in the country.”

"All we have to do now is to carry his work forward,” added Goyal.

Goyal also said that he expected in the mining sector to add 1% to the country’s GDP over the next 1 – 2 years. He would also focus on increasing transparency in the sector.

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