Railway Ministers of India

1947 (Nov.) John Mathai (not designated the Minister for Railways?) presents the first Railway budget for independent India


1948-1952 N Gopalaswamy Ayyangar; worked on consolidating the various railways into the zonal railways

1952-1956 Lal Bahadur Shastri; resigned in 1956 taking responsibility for three fatal railway accidents

1956-1962 Jagjivan Ram

1962 Sardar Swaran Singh

1967?? Kengal Hanumanthaiah (Note: Some sources suggest he was Railway Minister later, in 1971). Ram Sew Singh is also mentioned in some sources as a railway minister in 1966-1968, he may not have been a Cabinet minister for railways.

1968 Cheppudira Muthana Poonacha

1969 Govinda Menon Panampilly

1970-1971 Gulzari Lal Nanda Note: Kengal Hanumanthaiah may have been the Railway Minister briefly in 1971.

1972-1973 Tonse Ananth Pai

1973-1975 Lalit Narayan Mishra; killed by a bomb blast 2-Jan-1975, at the opening of a railway line in Samastipur.

1975-1977 Kamlapati Tripathi (again briefly in 1980?)

1977-1979 Prof. Madhu Dandavate

1980-1981 Kedar Pandey (Kamlapathi Tripathi briefly in 1980)

(1981?) 1982-1984 ABA Ghani Khan Chowdhury.

1984 Bansi Lal; his was a brief stint during a reorganization of some ministries and government departments

(1985?) 1984-1989 Madhav Rao Scindia

1989-1990 George Fernandes

1990-1991 Jnaneshwar Mishra; very short tenure

1991-1995 C K Jaffer Sharief

1995-1996 Suresh Kalmadi (briefly), followed by Atal Behari Vajpayee also briefly, who held the Railways portfolio along with being PM.o

1996-1998 Ram Vilas Paswan

1998-1999 Nitish Kumar

2000 Mamata Banerjee

2001-2004 Nitish Kumar

2004- 2009 Laloo Prasad Yadav

2009 - Mamata Banerjee

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