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PM appreciates Railways Budget 2015

New Delhi: The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi, today appreciated Railway Budget 2015, presented by the Union Minister for Railways, Shri MR Suresh Prabhu. "Railway Budget 2015 is a forward looking, futuristic and passenger centric budget, combining a clear vision and a definite plan to achieve it. This is a watershed moment for Railways, marking a paradigm shift from discussing coaches and trains to comprehensive railway reform. I am particularly delighted that for the first time, there is a concrete vision for technology upgradation and modernisation of the Railways. The Railway Budget lays out a clear roadmap to make the Railways the key driver of India`s economic growth, playing a key role in India`s progress. Railway Budget 2015 stands out for its focus on the common man, putting speed, scale, service and safety, all on one track," the Prime Minister said. Text of PM’s reaction on Railway Budget 2015 to DD News रेलवे बजट हिंदुस्तान के गरीब-से-गरीब मानव से जुड़ा हुआ बजट होता है। भारतीय रेल सिर्फ एक स्थान को दूसरे स्थान से जोड़ने के ही लिए नहीं, लेकिन भारत के अर्थतंत्र को गति देने का एक सशक्त साधन है। आज का बजट रेलवे के सर्वांगीण विकास को ले कर के आया है। रेलवे से नौजवानों को रोजगार मिल सकता है; रेलवे से पर्यावरण की भी चिंता हो सकती है; रेलवे से भारत की छवि को भी विश्व में उजागर किया जा सकता है; रेलवे से आर्थिक विकास को नई दिशा दी जा सकती है। कोई ऐसा पहलु नहीं है जो इस बार रेलवे बजट में अछूता रहा हो। मैं रेलवे मिनिस्टर का ह्रदय से अभिनन्दन करता हूँ कि वे तत्कालीन वाहवाही के मोह से बच करके पाँच साल की योजना ले करके आये हैं। पहली बार रेलवे ने financial discipline और expenditure में discipline – इसकी बात कही है। यह अपने आप में हिंदुस्तान के सामान्य मानव के पैसों को इज्ज़त देना, उसका सही इस्तेमाल करना – उस दिशा में प्रयास है। रेलवे में नौकरी पाने के लिए नौजवान बेताब होता है, लेकिन transparency नहीं थी। आज नौजवान को रोज़गार मिले, लेकिन भ्रष्टाचार से मुक्त व्यवस्था हो, उस दिशा में अहम् क़दम रेल मंत्री ने उठाया है। रेल बजट में सर्वाधिक ध्यान यात्रियों की सुविधा पर दिया गया है, रेलवे की गति पर दिया गया है, technology के upgradation पर दिया गया है, और नयी-नयी कल्पनाओं से भरा हुआ सर्वस्पर्शी, विकास के हर पहलू को छूने वाला, आज रेलवे बजट देश के सामने आया है। महिलाओं की सुरक्षा के लिए जो इंतज़ाम किये गए हैं, helpline की जो बात कही गयी है, जो permanent व्यवस्थाएं विकसित हो रही हैं, और रेलवे में यात्रा करने वाले मुसाफिर को अच्छा खाना मिले, एक सुविधा का माहौल उपलब्ध हो। World-class railway stations कैसे बनें? सिर्फ platform क्यों? ऊपर 20 मंजिला, 25 मंजिला station क्यों न हो? ऊपर हर प्रकार की सुविधायें क्यों न हों? Railway stations एक आधुनिक रेल की पहचान बन सकते हैं। अब तक रेल बजट कितने डिब्बे बढ़ेंगे, कितने डिब्बे AC होंगे, कितनी नयी trains चलेंगी, उसी सीमा में बंधा हुआ रहता था। यात्री भाड़ा बढाए बिना पहली बार 8 लाख करोड़ से भी ज्यादा पूँजी निवेश का संकल्प करने वाला यह बजट अपने आप में नेक और मुकम्मल इरादों का परिचायक है। Passenger-Friendly, Progressive and Holistic The Union Steel & Mines Minister Shri Narendra Singh Tomar lauded the rail budget 2015-16, as passenger-friendly, progressive and holistic. Reacting on Railway Budget 2015, presented by the Union Minister for Railways, Shri M R Suresh Prabhu in Lok Sabha today, he said: “Rail budget is development-oriented, investor-friendly, goal-oriented and modern in approach and is in the interest of users. All regions of the country and sections of society have been kept in mind. Innovative and forward-looking initiatives have been proposed so that users are not over-burdened. Besides goals like speeding up of trains, emphasis on electrification, Project delivery, Passenger Amenities, Safety, Transparency & System Improvement and ensuring that Railways continue to be the preferred mode of transport for the masses, have also been taken care of. Passenger fares have not been increased, so that general public is not affected. But provisions have been made for cleanliness, safety and amenities. Increase in allocation for passenger amenities by 67% without increasing the fares is indeed commendable. 200 more stations will come under Adarsh Station scheme and Wi – Fi will be provided at B category stations. 24X7 helpline for attending passenger problems and security related complaints and surveillance cameras in suburban coaches for the safety of women passengers are also good initiatives. Proposal for 77 new projects covering 9,400 kms. of doubling/ tripling/ quadrupling works is praiseworthy. Mobile phone charging facilities will be provided in general class coaches & will be increased in sleeper class coaches. Operation five minute is a new initiative for ensuring that travelers with unreserved tickets can buy these tickets within five minutes. More General class coaches will be added in identified trains. All these decisions clearly indicate that budget is pro-poor and passenger-friendly. Railways will also leverage additional resources and it envisages an investment of Rs. 8.5 lakh crore in next five years. Plan Outlay has been increased by 52%. I am confident that the four goals as delineated by the Rail Minister to transform Indian Railways in next five years will be accomplished. Rail Ministry deserves compliments for a comprehensive, all-inclusive and passenger-friendly budget and my best wishes are with them.” Union Home Minister congratulates Minister for Railways The Union Home Minister, Shri Rajnath Singh has congratulated the Union Minister for Railways, Shri Suresh Prabhakar Prabhu on presenting a balanced and growth oriented Rail Budget for 2015-16, here today. Shri Rajnath Singh stated that by increasing investments to improve infrastructure & passenger amenities, the Rail Budget has pushed the Railways back on the right track. The Rail Budget underscores our government`s plan to make the Railways more consumer-focused & passenger-friendly. Shri Prabhu deserves credit for it, the Home Minister added. Reaction to the Railway Budget- Shri Bandaru Dattatreya Shri Bandaru Dattatreya, the Minister of State (independent charge) for Labour and Employment has said that the Railway Budget presented today is development oriented, reformative and technology friendly. The Budget is progressive and takes care of revenue generation and resources mobilization, ensures transparency and accountability. Reacting to Railway budget here today, the Minister said the Budget gives priority to the completion of projects, improving passengers amenities, decongestion of heavy haul routes and speeding up of trains, emphasis on gauge conversion, doubling, tripling and electrification, safety.

About Sanjay Trivedi

Sanjay Trivedi is honorary editor of Asia Times. He is senior Indian Journalist having vast experience of 25 years. He worked in Janmabhoomi, Vyapar, Divya Bhaskar etc. newspapers and TV9 Channel as well as www.news4education.com. He is serving as Media Officer in Gujarat Technological University, the university which controlling 440 colleges of Engineering, Management, Pharmacy & Architecture colleges in Gujarat.

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