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Gujarat Chief Minister Shri Narendrabhai Modi described the Railway Budget for 2010-11 as directionless and impractical, sure to add to inflation and create further obstacles in the economic growth of the country necessary in this age of globalization.

Reacting to the budget presented in the Parliament today, he suggested the need for Railway Infrastructure Reforms and Railway Freight & Fare Committee.

Shri Narendra Modi regretted that the railway budget continued with the UPA Government's policies of gross injustice to Gujarat, which has significant contributions to the nation's growth. There is no mention about the Mumbai-Ahmedabad Bullet Train or about new super fast trains to and fro Gujarat in the budget. Except for a token 'Bharat Teerth' train for Somnath, there in no word about linking other famous pilgrimage centres of the state.

The budget talks about greater Public-Private Participation (PPP) module as Government of Gujarat has also shown interest in such a module, but no such provision has been made for the proposed port-linked new railway lines to Dahej, Dholera and Hazira.

While 40 per cent of the proposed Delhi-Mumbai Freight Corridor would pass through Gujarat, not a single auto hub out of ten is proposed for Gujarat. There is no word about setting up any of the wagon or coach manufacturing units, railway academy, multi-training centres and wagon repairing workshop for the state.

Expressing his grave concern for steady decline of Railways share in the goods traffic from 24 per cent in 2000-01 to 20.89 per cent, he said, it reflects the Railway's losing credibility and forcing the traffic to shift to costlier road traffic.

Unfortunately, the budget is a sad commentary on catering to vote bank through such proposals as waiving fees for recruitment tests for candidates belonging to minorities. All tall talks about 375 model and world-class railway stations remain glued to papers.

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Prime Minister condoles demise of Shri Arun Jaitley
August 24, 2019
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PM Narendra Modi condoled demise of Shri Arun Jaitley. The PM spoke to his wife, Smt. Sangeetha and son, Rohan and expressed his condolences.

The Prime Minister said that Arun Jaitley Ji was a political giant, towering intellectual and legal luminary. "He was an articulate leader who made a lasting contribution to India. His passing away is very saddening", the PM adeed.

The PM further said, "Full of life, blessed with wit, a great sense of humour and charisma, Arun Jaitley Ji was admired by people across all sections of society. He was multi-faceted, having impeccable knowledge about India’s Constitution, history, public policy, governance and administration."

Remembering Shri Jaitley, PM Modi said that during his long political career, Arun Jaitley Ji held multiple ministerial responsibilities, which enabled him to contribute towards India’s economic growth, strengthening our defence capabilities, creating people friendly laws and enhancing trade with other nations.

He said that BJP and Arun Jaitley Ji had an unbreakable bond. "As a fiery student leader, he was at forefront of protecting our democracy during the Emergency. He became a much liked face of our Party, who could articulate the Party programmes and ideology to a wide spectrum of society", the PM said.

PM Modi added that with the demise of Arun Jaitley Ji, he had lost a valued friend, whom he had the honour of knowing for decades. "His insight on issues and nuanced understanding of matters had very few parallels. He lived well, leaving us all with innumerable happy memories. We will miss him", said PM Modi.