Mamata Banerjee Denies Privatisation Of Indian Railways
Union Railway Minister, Mamata Banerjee, has said that government does not have any plans for the privatisation of Indian Railways adding that she would be the last person to do so.
"In some quarters there is mischievous talk that we are trying to privatise the railways. I'll be the last person to privatise the Indian Railways. There will be no privatisation or commercialisation of the railways," Banerjee during the 54th Annual Railways National Award Function in New Delhi.
"We'll make the railways so strong that no one can undermine this organisation. We'll ensure nobody can touch our employees as well. We are passing through an important stage”.
"It's the railway employees who take care of the safety and security of this huge organisation," she said.
Banerjee added: "Indian Railways is just not a transport organisation, it has social obligations too. Whenever there's a natural calamity, we always reach there to help out people in distress.
"The entire Indian Railways is a family, and without a humane approach this family cannot work. We'll continue to work together for the benefit of the railways in future, and all those who perform will be rewarded by the Indian Railways."
About 112,000 acres of land have been marked off for the future development of Indian Railways.