Adhir Ranjan Chaudhary raises significant questions on privatization of Railways
The Railway Mazdoor Union has written to Prime Minister Modi and the Railway Minister saying that if any attempt is made to hand over the Railway to private hands, it will be strongly opposed.
Kolkata: Former Union Minister of State for Railways and Congress leader in the Lok Sabha, Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury, has strongly raised many important questions, opposing the privatization of railways.
Addressing a press conference in his Lok Sabha constituency Behrampur said that the Government of India is preparing to hand over the railways to the private sector on 190 routes. He raised questions as to why the government is going to spend on the railway line, coach factory, signal system instead of privatizing them. The privatization is rather taking place where profits can be guaranteed. Adhir Ranjan asked the question as to who has taken this step to benefit.
Adhir Ranjan Chaudhary said that 2.5 million passengers travel daily on Indian Railways. Rail service is the responsibility of the government. He said that if the railway is privatized, there will be a difficulty for the general public, the arbitrary fare will be charged and private companies will make profit.
On the other hand, the Railway Mazdoor Union has written to Prime Minister Modi and the Railway Minister, saying that if there is any attempt to hand over the railway to private hands, it will be strongly opposed. In that case, work in the ward will be stopped. The Union said that there is a question of handing the routes in which it benefits. Protests have taken place today in four divisions of Eastern Railway.