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A quick take on what prime time TV news talked about.
As Railways Minister, Piyush Goyal is overseeing the massive Shramik Express initiative, which is meant to facilitate the biggest human migration India has seen in decades.
The Indian Railways reacted to the controversy over ‘stray trains’ by calling it “route rationalisation” of Shramik Specials, which are meant to ferry migrant workers back home.
Kerala CM Pinarayi Vijayan said the matter has been brought to PM’s attention, while Finance Minister Thomas Issac said ‘Railways wants to be super spreader’.
Maharashtra CM Uddhav Thackeray’s accusation that the Railways is not running enough trains to ferry migrant workers sparked a Twitter war with Railway minister Piyush Goyal.
Home Minister Amit Shah and Railways Minister Piyush Goyal had accused opposition-ruled states of not allowing trains for migrant workers to enter their states.
Railways officials said over 4.5 lakh passengers have reached their home states via Shramik Specials so far. A majority of these trains — 272 of 363 — were headed to UP and Bihar.
The projects will be kept alive by allocating token amounts, but some ‘critical’ and ‘super critical’ ones will be prioritised, rail ministry officials say.
In an interview, Railway Board Chairman Vinod Kumar Yadav spoke about the reasons behind unifying 8 railway services, restructuring of the board & other issues.
US has been asking India to remove price caps on high-end medical devices under the proposed trade deal. Healthcare industry in India against rollback of price controls.