Rail budget discontinued to stop parties from using it as political tool: Goyal

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 28 Oct 2018 09:00:55


 

NEW DELHI,

Prime Minister Modi is focussing on a number of programmes that not only provide inclusive and sustainable growth, but make India a force to be reckoned with on the international stage, says Union Minister Piyush Goyal

UNION Minister Piyush Goyal said on Saturday that the Narendra Modi Government discontinued the decades-old practice of presenting a separate railway budget to stop political parties from using it as a “tool” to win elections.
Addressing the 5th India Ideas Conclave here, the railway Minister said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi is focussing on a number of programmes that not only provide inclusive and sustainable growth, but make India a force to be reckoned with on the international stage.


“Prime Minister Narendra Modi changed the functioning of the railways. We got rid of the railway budget to remove political interference and started prioritizing what is good for India and not only for a political class of people. “Over the last 65 years, every railway budget that came in was a political tool, based on which elections were fought and promises made,” the Minister said.


He said that the investments made over the past four-and-a-half years reflect a huge focus on three aspects -- safety, passenger services and returns on investment. As far as railways is concerned, it was not only replacing diesel engines and aiming for 100 per cent electrification, but will soon come out with a massive 20 gigawatt renewable energy procurement programme by “which we hope to have net zero carbon emissions from the railways in 10 years”, he said.