इंडियन आवाज़     01 Dec 2023 04:31:04      انڈین آواز

PM hails Rail Budget; Opposition terms it as disappointing


The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi giving statement to the media ahead of Budget Session of Parliament, in New Delhi on February 23, 2016. The Union Minister for Urban Development, Housing and Urban Poverty Alleviation and Parliamentary Affairs, Shri M. Venkaiah Naidu, the Minister of State for Development of North Eastern Region (I/C), Prime Minister’s Office, Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions, Department of Atomic Energy, Department of Space, Dr. Jitendra Singh, the Minister of State for Skill Development & Entrepreneurship (Independent Charge) and Parliamentary Affairs, Shri Rajiv Pratap Rudy and the Minister of State for Minority Affairs and Parliamentary Affairs, Shri Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi are also seen.Prime Minister Narendra Modi said the Rail budget would enhance in rebuilding the nation. Congratulating Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu and the entire team behind the Rail Budget, Mr Modi said, along with IT, investment has been given importance. He said, last year’s Rail budget had seen a lot of success and this budget is an effort to further improve on it.

Prime Minister said this that it was futuristic budget. Starting of Antyodaya express and Deendayal Express reflects government’s commitment towards poors. He said railway Minister has taken significant steps towards more rail connectivity in North-eastern states.

Parliamentary Affairs Minister Venkaiah Naidu said the budget is practical realistic and people friendly.

Opposition parties have termed the Rail Budget as disappointing. Congress leader and former Railway Minister Mallikarjun Kharge said the budget did not talk about the safety of passengers. He said the budget does not provide adequate facilities to the passengers.

When asked that the Railway Minister spared people from freight and fare hike, Mr Kharge said the government may have done this keeping in view the upcoming elections for several State Assemblies. CPI(M) leader Sitaram Yechury said that there was nothing new in the budget and it is not people friendly.

CPI leader D Raja said that there is nothing on expected lines in the budget and gives nothing in terms of passenger safety and civic amenities. TMC leader and former Railway Minister Dinesh Trivedi also termed it as disappointing.

Mr Trivedi said there is no clarity about allocation of funds in different areas. He said, it did not state about the achievements in terms of set target of pervious year. RJD leader Jaiprakash Narayan Yadav echoed similar views. He alleged the budged has ignored States like Bihar.

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