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Rail budget not biased towards West Bengal: Mamata

Posted by on February 25, 2011 0 Comment

New Delhi, Feb 25 (IANS) Rubbishing charges that the railway budget was biased towards West Bengal, Railway Minister Mamata Banerjee Friday said she had taken care of the entire country and the criticism was politically motivated.

“Whoever shouted there, they had their political motives. Even before starting my speech they started shouting. This is their habit,” Banerjee said in a television interview after presenting the railway budget for 2011-12.

On allegations of political bias towards poll-bound West Bengal, Banerjee said: “It is certainly not biased.”

The minister pointed out that she had announced industrial projects and new trains for other states as well including Maharashtra, Jammu and Kashmir and northeastern states, especially Manipur.

She said although the financial condition was strained a bit because of the 6th Pay Commission payout, the Indian Railways remained progressive and commercially viable.

“The financial situation of railways is very good. It is not bad. You show me the performance of other departments,” she added.

Banerjee presented the rail budget for 2011-12 in Lok Sabha, with the highest investment of Rs.57,630 crore ($12.7 billion), 68 new trains and a vow to build a stronger railroad infrastructure based on the Vision 2020 document.

There was no change in passenger fares and freight charges.

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