New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP President Amit Shah on Thursday hailed Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu for presenting a Aam Aadmi-centric budget, exuding confidence that it would have a long-term positive effect on the country’s economy.
While Modi said “discipline in spending, efficiency in management and accountability to the consumer, the focus of our Government, is reflected in this budget,” Shah said a Yatri-friendly rail budget meets hopes of every section of the society. Modi praised Prabhu specially for a paradigm shift in focus on commissioning instead of just completing the railway projects.
“This budget strives for the dignity of the poor, honour of the women, enthusiasm of the youth and broadening the smile of the middle class,” Modi said. He said appropriate steps has been taken towards fulfilling the Government’s promise to enhance connectivity in the backward areas of the country, especially the North-East.
Modi said he would not like to criticise those who presented the budgets in the last five years during the previous government but he would certainly pat Prabhu for taking a big jump of 2.5 times higher investment and engaging the state governments to participate in the expansion of the railways.
Shah said the budget not only promises the world-class amenities to the passengers but also safety in rail travel. He congratulated the minister for increasing the facilities to the poor by promising new trains and more unreserved coaches for them. Prabhu has at the same time taken many concrete steps to improve the financial condition of the Railways, he said, hoping that the budget will give a new direction to the Indian Railways.