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CPI-M refutes budget merger decision

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New Delhi, September 22: Charging center for forcing unilateral decisions on elected members of parliament who are democratic representative of public, the Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) on Thursday accused NDA government’s decision to merge the Railway Budget with the Union Budget, as a move against interests of the larger public.

The party highlighted in a press statement that only Parliament is empowered to discuss railway finances and development which the center had ignored completely before taking the decision. “The decision by the Union Cabinet to merge the Railway Budget with the General Budget is a unilateral step without discussion in Parliament,” said the statement.

On Wednesday, the largest opposition party Congress criticized the center’s decision to merge the rail budget with union budget. It was said that decision to scrap Railway Budget is “purported to be”, a measure to encourage “commercialisation and privatisation” of the Indian Railways.

This would result in huge rise in fares of railway which is the largest public transportation system in the country. As millions of ordinary people are dependent on this public service government should not be purely focused on commercial lines said the CPI-M.

The CPI- M favored the Railway Budget as it presented an “opportunity for scrutiny and approval” to the parliamentarians and this used to put a strict check on Railways finances and expenditure. This also provided a platform to discuss plans for expansion, which “will now be curtailed” with its abolition.

Wefornews Bureau

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