Union Railway Minister Ashwini Vaishnav on Wednesday categorically said that there is no question of privatization of railways and all that has been said about it is ‘imaginary’. He said that railways as a ‘strategic sector’ in the eyes of the government has social responsibility, which is being fulfilled with a focus on commercial viability. The Railway Minister also said that the “misunderstanding” with the students regarding recruitment has been resolved sympathetically by the Railways. The Railway Minister said, “There is no bar on recruitment. The recruitment process is going on for 1.14 lakh vacancies.” Responding to “Discussion on Demands for Grants under the control of Ministry of Railways for the year 2022-23”, the Railway Minister said that the railways cannot be privatized as the tracks belong to the Railways. The locomotives belong to the railways, the stations and the power lines belong to the railways. Apart from this, the coaches and the signal system are also of the Railways.
Ashwini Vaishnav said that his predecessor Piyush Goyal has also clarified earlier that the railway structure is complex and it will not be privatized. He also clarified that even goods trains are not being privatized. The Railway Minister said, “Railways as a ‘strategic sector’ in the eyes of the government has social responsibility. This has been followed so far and will continue to do so. This is being accomplished with a focus on commercial feasibility.” While saying in the Lok Sabha on Tuesday that talking of railway modernization on behalf of the government is just ‘propaganda’. The Railway Minister said that if we pay attention to the social responsibility of the Railways, then it will be clear that we are giving a subsidy of 60 thousand crore rupees. After the minister’s reply, the House approved the ‘Demands for Grants for the year 2022-23 under the control of the Ministry of Railways’.
Railway Minister Ashwini Vaishnav said that work on Mumbai-Ahmedabad bullet train project is going on and 99.7 percent land has been acquired in Gujarat section, more than 750 pillars have been built, bridges are being constructed on Narmada and Tapi rivers. He said that the work on the bullet train project is progressing at the rate of 8 km per month and it will be increased to 10 km per month. Vaishnav said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s life has been related to rail, he understands railway very well. To know at which point the railways is today, we have to go back. They said that Narendra Modi The policy paralysis before becoming the Prime Minister of India had its effect on the Railways as well.
The Railway Minister said that before the Modi government came to power, there was lack of investment in the railways and lack of vision, technology was not changing, there was departmental competition among the employees and due to this, the railways were constantly losing market share. Had been. Referring to the steps taken by the Modi government, the Railway Minister said, “After the formation of our government, the first attention was paid to cleanliness. After this powers were given to the officers at the level of the ground offices. Today most of the tenders are decided by the field officers, they do not come to the Railway Board. There has been a huge change. The MP himself says that this change is visible.” Regarding the railway projects in West Bengal, the Railway Minister said that 18 railway projects are pending in West Bengal due to lack of cooperation of the state government. The Railway Minister mentioned several steps taken by the government to bring the railways back on track.
He said that the average annual capital investment was a major problem before the Railways and it has increased from Rs 45,980 crore in 2009-14 to Rs 99,511 crore in the year 2014-19. The Railway Minister said that a record allocation of Rs 2.45 lakh crore has been made during the year 2022-23. He mentioned the works of railway electrification, doubling, gauge conversion and other modernization works. Vaishnav said that assured railway safety is our resolve and we are working in this direction.