New Power Minister to India

Raj Kumar Singh, the country's former home secretary and new Power & New and Renewable Energy Minister, keeping the momentum going for the massive reforms initiated by his predecessor, Piyush Goyal, would be an uphill task. Singh's new job will require him to keep pace with the ever-changing renewable energy technologies and updating policies accordingly. This was how Goyal used to work. India has a target of producing 175 GW renewable energy by 2022. Under Goyal, India was adding solar capacity at a record pace. The country also dreams about running all cars on electricity in another eight years. These are not easy targets to achieve. He has spent almost his entire career as an administrator of security and social sector ministries. He got accolades for reforms in the road sector in his home state, Bihar, during his stint as Principal Secretary between 2006 and 2009. But there, most Infra was funded through the state's capital outlay and not private investors and his main job during the stint was to keep anti-social elements away, not to seek and facilitate investments.