Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Tuesday described the railway budget as "reformist" and "forward looking" and said it will help in meeting competing demands.
"It is a reformist and forward looking budget which presents a realistic picture of railway finances," said Singh.
He said railway minister PK Bansal had done "a commendable job" in meeting competing demands of improving services and controlling expenditure.
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"I compliment the minister for his innovations in critical areas of railway infrastructure and paving the way for capacity expansion," the prime minister said.