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Cong adopting double standards on corporatisation, privatisation of Rly units: Goyal
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Cong adopting double standards on corporatisation, privatisation of Rly units: Goyal

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New Delhi, Jul 3: Railways Minister Piyush Goyal on Wednesday accused Congress of having double standards on the issue of corporatisation and privatisation of Railways production units.

During Question Hour in the Lok Sabha, Mr Goyal said "Congress tried to privatise Railways, we are trying to corporatise it."

The Railways Minister was responding to the issue raised by Congress leader in the Lok Sabha Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury who had said Railways is planning to corporatise seven production units and it is a serious issue.

Mr Goyal said a former Finance Minister during UPA tenure had said that disinvestment and privatisation are useful economic tools.

Former Congress president and UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi on Tuesday had opposed privatisation and 'company-karan' process of public sector undertakings especially under Railways.

"There are talks about 'company-karan (corporatisation) of six railway units. These also include the modern coach factory in Rae Bareli.....Corporatisation is actually the beginning of privatisation," Ms Gandhi said while raising the issue during Zero Hour in the Lok Sabha.

Responding to a separate question on closing of Railways printing press, Mr Goyal said the world is moving towards digitisation, the use of the printing press has declined and sometimes tickets cost more to print than the total cost of the ticket.

He assured that jobs of people working in Railway Printing press will be protected and they will be working in other sectors in Railways. (UNI)