Union Railways and Commerce Minister Piyush Goyal has penned down the achievements of Indian railways on completion of one year of the second term of Prime Minister Narendra Modi government.
The has informed that last year has been remarkable for railways both in terms of safety and performance. Commenting on Commerce and Industry, Union Minister Piyush Goyal informed that, the government took several steps to promote exports as well as protect the interests of domestic industries.
All unmanned level crossings were eliminated in the country whereas one thousand 274 manned crossings were removed. Commissioning of new line, doubling and gauge conversion increased to 2 thousand 226 kilometer in 2019-20.
The Minister informed that this was nearly 50 per cent more than the average annual commissioning achieved during 2009-14. Union Minister informed that, the punctuality of trains has also improved significantly by nearly 10 per cent over the last year.
Union Minister Piyush Goyal said that even during the testing times of COVID-19 pandemic, Indian Railways ensured uninterrupted and round the clock freight operations of essential commodities like foodgrains, coal, salt, sugar, milk, edible oil, among others. The Minister also highlighted the operationalisation of Shramik Special trains which have carried more than 50 lakh migrant workers to their home states till now. Railways has also distributed over 75 lakh free meals to migrants so far.
The Minister Piyush Goyal also cited the innovative step through which Railways created COVID care centres in its coaches with facility of more than 3 lakh beds. Speaking about the steps taken in commerce sector, the Minister highlighted Prime Minister’s decision to abstain from joining RCEP , a decision which will help the domestic workers and small and medium enterprises in the country.
Union Minister Piyush Goyal said , India is also engaging to resolve all outstanding issues with the USA, South Korea and Japan to boost exports, and is also working to initiate dialogue with European Union.
The Minister said that with an objective of reducing excessive dependence on non-essential imports, duty was increased on 89 items and restrictions were imposed on 13 items benefitting lakhs of domestic workers. The minister said, FDI inflow in the country grew by 18.4 per cent in 2019-20 to reach 73.46 billion dollar.
The Minister also mentioned how the reforms introduced by Narendra Modi government has catapulted India’s ranking in terms of ease of doing business.