New Delhi: Cautioning against PSUs going in for major projects under the public-private partnership (PPP) model, the Left today said railways should not lose its assets in the process.
“We should be more cautious while opting for PPP model. Raise the resources, modernise it but do not privatise,” said CPI(M) MP Sitaram Yechury.
While praising Railway Minister Lalu Prasad for the growth for railways in the country, Yechury said that the RJD chief has not allowed any interference in its functioning and the result is for everybody to see.
Terming railway as the lifeline of the country, Yechury said that it touches everyone’s life and symbolises unity. “But there is a need to link inaccessible areas of the country,” he added.
He was speaking in a book release function here. The book ‘Turnaround Story of Indian Railways’, written by Vivek Khare deals with evolution of railway and its expansion all over the world and in particular in India.
Speaking on the occasion, BJP spokesperson Prakash Javadekar termed the growth of the railways as a continued growth story. He said: “No matter which party forms the government, growth story should continue.”
“During NDA’s regime at the Centre, Rs32,000 crore was given to railways to strengthen its operation. Our national agenda should be to link all corners of the country including Kashmir and Arunachal Pradesh in the next 10 years,” Yechury said.