Union Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu unveiled the Raiwal Budget for 2015-16. Here are the reactions from some prominent political leaders.
PM Narendra Modi: Rail Budget lays out clear roadmap to make Railways the key driver of India's economic growth & playing a key role in India's progress. Rail Budget is a forward looking, futuristic & passenger centric budget, combining a clear vision & a definite plan to achieve it.
Rail Budget is a watershed moment for Railways,marking a paradigm shift from discussing coaches & trains to comprehensive rail reform. I am particularly delighted that for the 1st time there is a concrete vision for technology upgradation & modernisation of the Railways. Rail Budget stands out for its focus on the common man, putting speed, scale, service & safety, all on one track.
Dinesh Trivedi, Ex-Railway Minister: General comment without reading the entire budget is 'there is no budget this time,it is just an idea'. It was just a set of promises,main fine prints have not been talked about including how you will finance it.
Pavan Verma, JDU: Rail Budget is a long statement of intent without any substance as to how it will be achieved.
Kirron Kher: A brilliant budget, all the expenditure will be on modernizing/upgrading the Railways,which is good.
Mahant Adityanath: Rail Min has not hiked the fares,at the same time,taken in consideration the convenience of the passengers,a good budget.
RS Prasad: Very profound,development oriented budget, a holistic budget,there is a vision/roadmap
Nitin Gadkari: 1st time in history of the country Rail Budget 2015 has administrative,economic & technological reforms.
Nitish Kumar: Expectation was that the fares would reduce, but that didn't happen.
Amit Shah, BJP President: Rail Budget has given great importance to passenger convenience/saftey, congratulate PM & Rail Minister. Without increasing fares,the plan size hs been increased to apprx 52%,convenience of passengers kept in mind.
Chirag Paswan: It is an innovative budget with out-of-the-box ideas.
Smriti Irani, Union Minister: My heartiest Congratulations to Rail Minister, this is a budget with achievable targets. Happy that Rail Budget 2015 looks at such deep details like women safety, convenience for senior citizens and passengers.
Mallikarjun Kharge, Congress: This is a 'dream budget', it is full of imaginary ideas, impossible to implement it practically.
Rajeev Shukla, Congress: No single announcement about new trains, were expecting reduction in rail fare.
AM Singhvi: Modernization of Railways requires huge capital investment, he didn’t indicate, from where money will come. Respect Suresh Prabhu’s reform minded thinking, good they haven’t started new trains, but it’s below average budget.
Pawan Bansal, Former Rail Minister: It has been disappointing for me, was expecting reduction in Rail fare:.on Suresh Prabhu ji said Railways will be engine in elimination of poverty, I don’t see that anywhere. I don’t really see anything new, just continuation of previous projects: Pawan Bansal, frmr Rail Min
Mayawati, BSP: We haven't seen any improvement in condition of Indian Railways in last 9 months. Many new announcements were made,but they didn't tell us how many of projects introduced in prev Rail budget have been implemented.