Indian Railways will never privatise, says Union Minister Piyush Goyal


New Delhi: Speaking in Lok Sabha on Tuesday, Union Minister Piyush Goyal said that Indian Railways will never be privatised but private investment is welcomed for increasing efficiency.

Goyal also said that under Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the country’s railway infrastructure has seen a new vision. We wish to make Indian railways act as an “engine for growth” for the country, Goyal added. Goyal also said, Modi government has hiked investment in railways to Rs 2.15 lakh crore in 2021-22 fiscal, from Rs 1.5 lakh crore in 2019-20 fiscal.

Congress’s Manish Tiwari on Tuesday said that section 124(A) which makes the alleged offence of sedition punished with life imprisonment, is being misused by the NDA government to “chill free speech.” The latest manifestation of this misuse, Tiwari says, is the Disha Ravi case. Tiwari further highlighted  that the Delhi police failed “miserably” to produce any evidence against Ravi.

The Medical Termination of Pregnancy (Amendment) Bill, 2020, The National Commission for Allied and Healthcare Professions Bill, 2020, will be taken up for discussion in Rajya Sabha on Tuesday. In Lok Sabha, a discussion on The Constitution (Scheduled Castes) Order (Amendment) Bill, 2021, is on the agenda.