Railways will not be privatised under NDA govt: Manoj Sinha

Manoj Sinha, Minister of State for Railways, flagged off the Bhind-Etawah passenger train

By: PTI | Gwalior | Published: February 29, 2016 8:35 am
Passengers on way to their destination in Lucknow on Thursday. (Express Photo: Vishal Srivastav) Passengers on way to their destination in Lucknow on Thursday. (Express Photo: Vishal Srivastav)

Union Minister of State for Railways S Manoj Sinha said the public enterprise will not be privatised under the NDA rule, though investments from private players will be welcomed for its development.

“We are not in favour of privatisation of Indian Railways at all under the NDA rule,” Sinha, who was in Gwalior on Saturday to flag off Bhind (MP)-Etawah (UP) passenger train, told reporters.

Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan was also present on the occasion.

“Yes, we are ready for private investment in the Railways. We will welcome private investment for the development of railways,” he said.

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To a poser, Sinha said that Railway Spring factory, located near here, will not be shut, instead it will be modernised, adding, “Provisions for the same have been made in the 2016-17 Railway budget.”

He said despite financial constraints, Rs 4,200 crore has been sanctioned for Madhya Pradesh to strengthen and develop the rail network.

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    madan gupta
    Mar 1, 2016 at 12:27 am
    इंडियन एयर लाइन की तरह लीडरों का परिवार रेल में मुफ्त यात्रा करता है. प्राइवेट होने से नहीं कर सकेगा. लालू रेल मंत्री की सास और सुसर बिना टिकेट यात्रा करते पकड़े गए थे.
    1. O
      Mar 1, 2016 at 4:39 am
      Blankets being washed once in two months only; what a shame, what a very sorry state of affairs; legacy of the past unmindful Rly Ministers. This inf. should have been there on Rly and IRCTC website; it has taken so many years to give this inf. even though it is supposed to be there on the website or in AC sleeper coaches also long back. Let this washing be done once in 15 days and sanitizings once a week at least. Immediately procure substantial No. of blankets to facilitate all this; dont issue purchase orders and say in bureaucracy style that delivery may take 9 to 12 months time; make urgent spot purchases in Delhi forthe purpose. You are playing with health and hygiene matters of tens of thousands of Rly pengers daily.