List Of Railway Minister Of India From 1947 To 2022

Railway Minister Of India

Last Updated: 22 June 2022

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You came to the right place, Before we get started let us have a quick intro about Indian Railways!

Indian Railways (IR) was founded on 6th May 1836. It is a government-owned railway system under the ownership of the Ministry of Railways that operates India’s national railway system.

The Minister of Railways is the head of the Ministry of Railways of the Government of India. The Railway Minister is usually accorded a cabinet rank and is responsible for Indian Railways. Indian Railways is one of the largest employers in the world.

An important responsibility of the railway minister is to present the Railway Budget in Parliament which is the Annual Financial Statement of Indian Railways.

Facts


  • The country’s first transport train, Red Hill Railway (built by Arthur Cotton to transport granite for road-building), ran from Red Hills to the Chintadripet bridge in Madras in 1837.
  • In 1845, the Godavari Dam Construction Railway was built by Cotton at Dowleswaram in Rajahmundry, to supply stone for the construction of a dam over the Godavari River.
  • India’s first passenger train, operated by the Great Indian Peninsula Railway and hauled by three steam locomotives (Sahib, Sindh, and Sultan), ran for 34 kilometres (21 mi) with 400 people in 14 carriages on 1,676 mm (5 ft 6 in) broad gauge track between Bori Bunder (Mumbai) and Thane on 16 April 1853.
  • Indian Railways manages the Fourth-largest railway network in the world by size, with a total route length of 126,511 km (78,610 mi) as of 31 December 2021. 45,881 km (28,509 mi) or 35% of all the broad-gauge routes are electrified with 25 kV 50 Hz AC electric traction as of 1 April 2021.
  • In the fiscal year ending March 2020, Indian Railways carried 808.6 crore (8.086 billion) passengers and transported 121.23 crore (1.2123 billion) tonnes of freight. It runs 1 lakh (100,000) passenger trains daily, on both long-distance and suburban routes, covering 7,325 stations across India.
  • Track Gauge size of Indian Railway Track
    • 1,676 mm (5 ft 6 in)
    • 1,435 mm (4 ft 812 in)
    • 1,000 mm (3 ft 338 in)
    • 762 mm (2 ft 6 in)
  • Mail or Express trains, the most common types of trains, run at an average speed of 50.6 km/h (31.4 mph). Suburban EMUs run at an average speed of 37.5 km/h (23.3 mph). Ordinary passenger trains (incl. mixed) run at an average speed of 33.5 km/h (20.8 mph). The maximum speed of passenger trains varies, with the Gatimaan Express running at a peak speed of 160 km/h (99 mph).
  • If the office of Minister of Railways is vacant for any length of time, it automatically comes under the charge of the Prime Minister.
  • On 22 March 2020, Indian Railways announced a nationwide shutdown of passenger rail service to combat the COVID-19 pandemic in India.
  • Indian Railways is a major shareholder in 16 public sector undertakings (PSU) and other organizations that are related to rail transport in India.
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Railway Minister Of India


No.MinisterTerm InTerm OutTotal TermParty
1John Mathai15 Aug
1947
22 Sep
1948
1 Year
38 Days
INC
2N. Gopalaswami Ayyangar22 Sep
1948
13 May
1952
3 Years
234 Days
INC
3Lal Bahadur Shastri13 May
1952
07 Dec
1956
4 Years
208 Days
INC
4Jagjivan Ram07 Dec
1956
10 Apr
1962
5 Years
124 Days
INC
5Swaran Singh10 Apr
1962
21 Sep
1963
1 Year
164 Days
INC
6H. C. Dasappa21 Sep
1963
08 Jun
1964
261 DaysINC
7S. K. Patil09 Jun
1964
12 Mar
1967
2 Years
276 Days
INC
8C. M. Poonacha13 Mar
1967
14 Feb
1969
1 Year
338 Days
INC
9Ram Subhag Singh14 Feb
1969
04 Nov
1969
263 DaysINC
10Panampilly Govinda Menon04 Nov
1969
18 Feb
1970
106 DaysINC
11Gulzarilal Nanda18 Feb
1970
17 Mar
1971
1 Year
27 Days
INC
12K. Hanumanthaiah18 Mar
1971
22 Jul
1972
1 Year
126 Days
INC
13T. A. Pai[1]23 Jul
1972
04 Feb
1973
196 DaysINC
14Lalit Narayan Mishra05 Feb
1973
02 Jan
1975
1 Year
331 Days
INC
15Kamalapati Tripathi[1]11 Feb
1975
23 Mar
1977
2 Years
40 Days
INC
16Madhu Dandavate26 Mar
1977
28 Jul
1979
2 Years
124 Days
JP
~T. A. Pai[2]30 Jul
1979
14 Jan
1980
168 DaysJP (S)
~Kamalapati Tripathi[2]14 Jan
1980
12 Nov
1980
303 DaysINC
17Kedar Pandey12 Nov
1980
14 Jan
1982
1 Year
63 Days
INC
18Prakash Chandra Sethi15 Jan
1982
02 Sep
1982
230 DaysINC
19A. B. A. Ghani Khan Choudhury02 Sep
1982
31 Dec
1984
2 Years
120 Days
INC
20Bansi Lal31 Dec
1984
24 Jun
1986
1 Year
175 Days
INC
21Mohsina Kidwai24 Jun
1986
21 Oct
1986
119 DaysINC
22Madhavrao Scindia22 Oct
1986
02 Dec
1989
3 Years
41 Days
INC
23George Fernandes02 Dec
1989
10 Nov
1990
343 DaysJD (NF)
24Janeshwar Mishra21 Nov
1990
21 Jun
1991
212 DaysSJP (R)
25C. K. Jaffer Sharief21 Jun
1991
17 Oct
1995
4 Years
118 Days
INC
26Ram Vilas Paswan01 Jun
1996
19 Mar
1998
1 Year
291 Days
JD (UF)
27Nitish Kumar[1]19 Mar
1998
05 Aug
1999
1 Year
139 Days
SP
28Ram Naik06 Aug
1999
13 Oct
1999
69 DaysBJP
29Mamata Banerjee[1]13 Oct
1999
15 Mar
2001
1 Year
153 Days
AITC
~Nitish Kumar[2]20 Mar
2001
22 May
2004
3 Years
63 Days
JD (U)
30Lalu Prasad Yadav22 May
2004
22 May
2009
5 Years
0 Days
RJD
~Mamata Banerjee[2]22 May
2009
19 May
2011
1 Year
362 Days
AITC
31Dinesh Trivedi12 Jul
2011
19 Mar
2012
251 DaysAITC
32Mukul Roy20 Mar
2012
22 Sep
2012
186 DaysAITC
33C. P. Joshi[1]22 Sep
2012
28 Oct
2012
36 DaysINC
34Pawan Kumar Bansal29 Oct
2012
10 May
2013
194 DaysINC
~C. P. Joshi[2]13 May
2013
14 June
2013
32 DaysINC
35Mallikarjun Kharge17 Jun
2013
26 May
2014
343 DaysINC
36D. V. Sadananda Gowda26 May
2014
09 Nov
2014
167 DaysBJP
37Suresh Prabhu09 Nov
2014
03 Sep
2017
2 Years
298 Days
BJP
38Piyush Goyal03 Sep
2017
07 Jul
2021
3 Years
307 Days
BJP
39Ashwini Vaishnaw07 Jul
2021
Incumbent~BJP
Acronyms
1) INC: Indian National Congress
2) JP: Janata Party
3) JP (S): Janata Party (Secular)
4) JD (NF): Janata Dal (National Front)
5) SJP (R): Samajwadi Janata Party (Rashtriya)
6) JD (UF): Janata Dal (United Front)
7) SP: Samata Party
8) BJP: Bharatiya Janata Party
9) AITC: All India Trinamool Congress
10) JD (U): Janata Dal (United)
11) RJD: Rashtriya Janata Dal

Ministers Of State In The Ministry of Railways


No.NameTerm InTerm OutTotal TermParty
1Manoj Sinha26 May
2014
30 May
2019
5 Years
4 Days
BJP
2Rajen Gohain5 July
2016
30 May
2019
4 Years
329 Days
BJP
3Suresh Angadi30 May
2019
23 Sep
2020
1 Year
116 Days
BJP
4Raosaheb Danve7 July
2021
Incumbent~BJP
5Darshana Jardosh7 July
2021
Incumbent~BJP
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