Congress-led UPA Government’s Railway Budget is anti-development and a non-performance budget: Shri Modi
Railway Minister claiming no hike in fares is misleading and cheating the people: Shri Modi
Railway Budget will increase the burden of rising prices on the common people: Shri Modi
Gujarat contributes maximum income to the Railways despite that gross injustice done to Gujarat: CM
No mention of Ahmedabad-Mumbai-Pune Fast Track Bullet Train in the Railway Budget: Shri Modi
No inititative to strengthen Railways on India’s coasts, which will is required for India to effectively compete with the rest of the world
On Tuesday 26th February 2013 Shri Narendra Modi termed the Congress-led UPA’s Railway Budget as anti-development and an indication of the non-performance on the part of the Government.
Shri Modi stated that the people are being misled to believe that there is no hike in the Railway fares. The truth is Railway prices were hiked 3 months ago and with the rising diesel prices the people will face further difficulty. On one hand the UPA has failed to curb the menace of price rise while on the other hand this Railway Budget will burden the poor and middle class. By saying there is no hike in Rail tariffs, the Railway Minister is misleading the nation, points the Chief Minister.
He further affirmed that keeping in mind the global economic scenario, the needed balance between coastal-port connectivity and rail infrastructure, development is clearly lacking in this Railway Budget.
Talking about the injustice to Gujarat in the Railway Budget, Shri Modi stated that there is no mention of Ahmedabad-Mumbai-Pune Fast Track Bullet Train project. He further opined that despite giving maximum income to the Railways, the people of Gujarat are being rendered immense injustice for the last nine years. He shared that in last year’s Budget a Wagon Factory for Kutch was announced and in the last three years there were surveys for 57 railway lines but Railway Budget hardly mentions anything on this.
The Chief Minister pointed that the Railways have an important role to play in the development of our nation and if India wishes to emerge as a leading commercial and industrial destination then importance must be given to Railway services but on the contrary, several railway projects are pending.