Smt. Brinda Karat, Polit Bureau member of CPI(M) wrote to Shri Piyush Goayal, Minister of Railways on the Supreme Court judgment of August 31, directing removal of all jhuggi clusters on railway land.
Privatisation of Railways: Self Subservience, Not Self Reliance
The Polit Bureau of the CPI(M) strongly opposes the decision for privatisation of the Indian Railways particularly the running of passenger trains by private investors over the Indian Railways network. This is the first time that this is happening in independent India. The private sector utilising the network established over centuries with all the required infrastructure will run passenger trains making super profits.
It is sheer cruelty to expect workers who have absolutely no earnings for the last two months because of the lockdown to pay for their own train tickets. Nor can the State Governments bear this financial expenditure when they have not received any help whatsoever from the Central Government.
Despite delivering probably the longest railway budget speech the budgetary proposals do not evoke any sense of well being in the Indian railways.
The arrest of the nephew of the Union Railway Minister Pawan Kumar Bansal, for accepting a bribe of Rs. 90 lakh from a Member of the Railway Board is a shocking and serious matter. The CBI has arrested the Minister’s nephew, Vijay Singla and the member of the Railway Board, Mahesh Kumar.