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“My links with the Railways is strong. My childhood was spent on rail platforms. That is all the more reason I want to transform railways,” said Prime Minister Narendra Modi, as he addressed the inaugural session of the Rail Vikas Shivir via video-conferencing. The event was organised by the Indian Railways in Surajkund on Friday. Stressing on the importance of railways in India, PM Modi said, “Desh me pragati lane ke liye zaruri hai ke hamara railway pragati kare. Desh ko gati chahiye toh bhi rail se milegi aur pragati chahiye toh bhi rail se milegi (For the development of our country it is important that the railways develop. If the country wants momentum, it will get it from railways, if it wants development, it will get it from railways).”
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Highlighting the importance of technology, PM Modi said innovation in the railways sector is of utmost importance. “Each official doing their own work is good but we also have to work together and think about how we want the Railways to be. Saari duniya ki rail badal gayi, kya kaaran hai ki hum ek seema mein bandh gaye hain (The railways of all countries have changed, what is the reason we are confined to a limit).”
“The century has changed and so must the systems in our Railways. I am confident that we have can achieve this,” said PM Modi adding that he has a deep connection with railways. Calling himself ‘rail wala‘, PM Modi said the focus of NDA government’s railway budget has never been politics. “Usually the core focus of rail budgets was- which MP was pleased by being given more stops in his/her seat, additional coaches etc. But we have worked towards a paradigm shift in the Railways.”
The Shivir that started on Friday is a three-day event organised by Indian Railways to involve large-scale planning and brainstorming with all railway employees, a first in the 163-year-long history of the Indian Railway. The aim of the shivir is to “generate numerous innovative ideas across most critical areas of the railway operations for substantial progress” in the sector.