The Congress on Wednesday termed the Union railway budget as extremely disappointing and said it shows that the railway minister gave no attention towards providing amenities to the common passenger. The party said despite the fact that BJP has 27 members of parliament (MPs) from Madhya Pradesh, it was sad to see how the state was ignored in the budget.
State Congress president Arun Yadav said that it was unfortunate that MP didn’t get a single new train. "Neither there was any announcement about the new railway lines that have been demanded for long, nor allocation of funds for projects mooted in the previous Congress regime," he said.
"The BJP government had earlier increased railway fare, hence, claiming that fare has not been increased in the budget is nothing but deceiving the people," he further added. Yadav said that there are thousands of unmanned railway crossings and just the promise for enhancing security has been made through offering IIT and RDSO’s (Research, Design and Standards Organisation) help but nothing concrete has been announced about these crossings. This shows that the government is not at all serious about people’s lives."
The entire focus was on increasing foreign investment in the railways, which shows that attempt is on to push the railways towards privatisation.
Commenting on the rail budget, Congress state vice-president Manak Agarwal said that the train that promised ‘Acche din’ was left standing at the outer (outside the railway station).
"The rail budget is in contrast with expectations of the people. In the name of technological advancements, minor facilities are being projected just to deceive the common people," he said.
Agarwal said that the fall in diesel prices in the international market should have brought fares down but the BJP government gave no relief to passengers. "The announcements are such that they will just remain on paper, and won’t benefit the people," he further added.