Parliament Today Highlights: There is no plan to privatise Indian Railways as it belongs to the people of the country, Railways Minister Piyush Goyal said in Rajya Sabha on Tuesday after some members raised concerns over it. Replying to a discussion on the working of the Ministry of Railways, Goyal announced an investment of ₹50 lakh crore in the national transporter over the next 12 years. “I want to make it crystal clear that there is no plan or proposal to privatise Indian Railways, it will not happen. Indian Railways belongs to the people of this country, it will remain so,” Goyal said.
The Lok Sabha on Wednesday passed the Appropriation Bill 2021-22, authorising the government to draw funds from the Consolidated Fund of India for its working as well as implementation of its programmes and schemes. This completes two-thirds of the exercise for approval of the Budget for 2021-22. The bill was introduced by Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman and later approved by voice vote. The Lok Sabha earlier discussed demands for grants of different ministries, including railways, education and health.
Earlier, the Centre said it has not taken any decision yet on the nationwide rollout of the National Register of Citizens (NRC). Union Minister of State for Home Nityanand Rai was replying to a question in the Rajya Sabha on whether the central government had any plans to implement the NRC throughout the country. “Till now, the government has not taken any decision to prepare the National Register of Indian Citizens at the national level,” Rai said in a written reply.
External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar said in Rajya Sabha on Wednesday that the supply of vaccines abroad is based on the assessment of adequate availability at home, which is continuously monitored by taking into account the requirement of the domestic vaccination programme as it unfolds in different phases.