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Rail Budget 2016 is like a train coach without passengers: Bihar CM Nitish Kumar

Patna: Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Thursday said that people were disappointed by the Railway Budget - 2016-17 as it lacked vision.

This budget has no concrete proposals to take it forward and lacks focus on safety and there is nothing new in it, he added.

Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar. REUTERS

Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar. REUTERS

"People across the country are disappointed by the Rail Budget presented by Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu," Nitish Kumar, himself a former Railway Minister, told the media.

Kumar said the Rail Budget has no vision for development and clearly lacked in focus on the safety aspect.

"Regional balance has been ignored in the Railway Budget. There is no specific plan for railways' development in backward regions of the country."

Nitish Kumar said the common people will not benefit from high-speed trains and people have been cheated in the name of providing more facilities. "It is only a part of a cosmetic exercise, nothing new in it."

"Na paisa kharch kar pa rahein hain, na hi juta pa rahein hain (Railway is neither able to spent money nor able to mobilise funds)," the Janata Dal-United leader said.

He questioned the decision of not changing the passenger fares, saying it should be decreased in view of drastic fall in oil prices in the international market.

"What has surprised me is that there was no action plan in the budget. It is an incomplete budget," he said, describing the budget as a "dibba (coach) without passengers".

Nitish Kumar said Bihar was neglected in the Railway Budget and the state's people were totally disappointed.

Rashtriya Janata Dal chief Lalu Prasad, who too is a former railway minister, said the Railway Budget has exposed that the Railway has derailed itself. "Rail patri se utar gayee hai (the rail has derailed)," he quipped.

Updated Date: Feb 25, 2016 18:33 PM

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