Lok Sabha has taken up discussion on demands for grants of the Ministry of Railways for 2021-2022. Initiating the discussion, BJP MP Ram Kripal Yadav lauded the efforts of Railways during the lockdown period to provide relief to migrant workers. He said, spending on capacity building of rail infrastructure has increased manifold during the NDA regime and the government is continuously working for the modernization of railways’ network and infrastructure. He said, Railways have worked to improve safety and security of the passengers and numbers of accidents have significantly reduced in recent years. He alleged that discrimination have been made by the previous UPA regime with regard to Railways projects. Another party MP Janardhan Singh Sigriwal demanded for the construction of Chapra-Champaran rail corridor. He said that Chapra is the birthplace of Jaiprakash Narayan whereas, Champaran is the ‘karmabhoomi’ of Mahatma Gandhi. Arun Sao of BJP said that Indian Railways has been playing a major role in realizing the dream of Atmanirbhar Bharat.
Jasbir Singh Gill of Congress said that present government is doing discrimination in creation of Railways’ infrastructure in Punjab and other regions. Another party MP, Gurjeet Singh Aujla urged the Railways Minister to address the issue of shortage of staff at Amritsar station. Hasnain Masoodi of the National Conference alleged that the government has not made special provision for Jammu and Kashmir in the Rail Budget. AIMIM MP Imitiaz Jaleel said that only less than two per cent was allocated to Nanded division from the total 6 thousand 7 hundred and 98 crore rupees to South-Central Zone Budget. IUML MP from Kerala, E.T. Mohammad Basheer cautioned the Government against the privatization of Railways. Besides, Ranjanaben Dhananjay Bhatt of BJP, Anupriya Patel of Apna Dal, Nama Nageswar Rao of TRS, Shyam Singh Yadav of BSP, Sushil Singh of BJP, Dileshwar Kamat of JDU and others also expressed their views on the demands for grants for Railways 2021-22. Discussion is still underway.