"But I have seen Prabhu working like that 15 years ago".
As the Defence Minister, Sitharaman will be a member of the crucial Cabinet Committee on Security whose members include the Prime Minister, Home Minister, External Affairs Minister and the Finance Minister.
Power Minister Piyush Goyal, also promoted from Minister of State with an independent charge to the Cabinet, got the railways portfolio, from which Suresh Prabhu was shifted to Commerce and Industry that was with Sitharaman.
Goyal said the "culture of non-stop work" in the government was practised by Prabhu when he headed the force.
Goyal, who was earlier the minister of state for power, will have his task cut out as the railways battles a creaking infrastructure and revenue shortage on back of low fares and stiff competition from budget airlines. "Then P for Prabhu, my elder brother, taught me how to combine the three sectors - power, renewable energy and coal and move towards development at a fast pace", he said.
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All this, he said, had turned the Railways into a vibrant organization. "We all have to just follow his track", said Goyal.
Speaking after taking charge on Monday, Mr. Goyal said it was an "emotional day".
"Waterways will prove to be a game changer as this would reduce the cost of transportation for goods and passengers, reduce road congestion as well as play a vital role in reducing pollution". I wish him all the best and all the success.
Prabhu had offered to quit on August 23 after back-to-back train derailments.