Union Railways Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw reiterated on Saturday that the Center has no policy to privatize the national carrier and stressed the need for the sector to embrace the latest technologies to meet the aspirations of passengers, particularly in terms of safety and comfort.
The technology should be indigenous like Integral Coach Factory (ICF)’s contribution to Vande Bharat Express, and move the industry forward, he said, while virtually inaugurating the 20th All-India Bharatiya Railway Mazdoor Sangh (BRMS) Conference at Rail mandapam, Perambur, from Delhi.
Vande Bharat Express was designed and manufactured by ICF in Perambur under the Centre’s Make in India initiative.
“Opposition parties repeatedly allege a decision to privatize the railways. I want to make it clear that the railways are a large, complex organization… there is no policy of iron. No such plan,” the minister said. What is paramount in the mind (of the administrator) is to strive to do what is best for the railways and to move them forward, he said.
“There is no affinity for the privatization of railways but technology must be permeated,” Vaishnaw said and added that Prime Minister Narendra Modi had already said the central government had no intention of privatize the railways.
The minister said adapting the technology to achieve the goal of Aatmanirbhar Bharat is imperative in order to move forward. “It should meet the aspirations of the nation, the youth, the emerging middle class and also the 8 million passengers. The contribution should resemble ICF’s role in the conception and realization of Vande Bharat,” he said. -He underlines.
Blaming the previous UPA regime for doing very little on the recruitment front, the minister said the Narendra Modi-led government had filled 3.5 lakh positions in the railways and taken steps to recruit people for 1.40 lakh positions. “I review the recruitment process once every 15 days to make sure it doesn’t get stuck anywhere,” Vaishnaw said.
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