Power minister Piyush Goyal, newly elevated to cabinet rank, was on Sunday given charge of the railway ministry.
Goyal replaces Suresh Prabhu who had offered to resign after a spate of train accidents in the last month.
Analysts said the BJP leadership felt Goyal has done a competent job in implementing reforms in the power and coal sectors.
Earlier on Sunday, Prabhu thanked all his railway ministry colleagues in a tweet.
Thanks to all 13 Lacs+ rail family for their support,love,goodwill.I will always cherish these memories with me.Wishing u all a great life
— Suresh Prabhu (@sureshpprabhu) September 3, 2017
Goyal has a clean image owing to his good track record in the Power and Coal ministry. He was the Minister of State with Independent Charge for Power,Coal, New and Renewable Energy.
He has been seen to have delivered scam-free auctions in coal and brought about a turnaround in production, ending days of persistent domestic short supplies that had led to higher imports.