New Delhi, Feb 26: As the Railway Budget 2015 was presented by the Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu in the Lok Sabha on Thursday, Feb 26, lets take a look at who said what.
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 2015 is a forward looking, futuristic & passenger centric budget, combining a clear vision & a definite plan to achieve it. Rail Budget 2015 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 2015 stands out for its focus on the common man, putting speed, scale, service & safety, all on one track."
Amit Shah, BJP President: Rail Budget has given great importance to passenger convenience/saftey,congratulate PM & Rail Min. Without increasing fares,the plan size hs been increased to apprx 52%,convenience of passengers kept in mind.
Smriti Irani, HRD 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.
Kirron Kher, BJP MP: A brilliant budget, all the expenditure will be on modernizing/upgrading the Railways,which is good.
Venkaiah Naidu, BJP minister: Service, Swachta, Speed and Security are the aspects that have been looked at in this Rail Budget 2015.
Nitin Gadkari, BJP minister: 1st time in history of the country Rail Budget 2015 has administrative,economic & technological reforms.
Ravi Shankar Prasad, BJP minister: Very profound,development oriented budget, a holistic budget,there is a vision/roadmap.
Pawan Kumar Bansal, former Railway Minister: "It has been disappointing for me, was expecting reduction in Rail fare. 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."
Dinesh Trivedi, former 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. This was a "rail break budget".
Mallikarjun Kharge, Congress leader: This is a 'dream budget', it is full of imaginary ideas, impossible to implement it practically.
Rajeev Shukla, Congress leader: No single announcement about new trains,were expecting reduction in rail fare.
Abhishek Manu Singhvi, Congress spokesperson: 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.
Nitish Kumar, Bihar Chief Minister: Expectation was that the fares would reduce,but that didn't happen. Lot of goals were highlighted but no action plan was given.
Mayawati, BSP leader: 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."
Chirag Paswan, LJP leader: It is an innovative budget with out-of-the-box ideas.