New Delhi: Union Minister Piyush Goyal on Tuesday said that the Indian Railways will never be privatised and will always remain with the government of India. While replying to a discussion in Lok Sabha, the railway minister, however, explained the need to encourage private investment for more efficient functioning. Replying to a discussion on Demands for Grants for Railways, Goyal said there has been no death of any passenger due to a rail accident in two years and the railways has been putting enormous focus on passenger safety. Also Read - 7th Pay Commission Latest News: Centre Takes Big Step For Railway Employees on Night Duty Allowance | Details Here

He said the country can progress towards high growth and create more employment opportunities only when the public and private sectors work together. Also Read - IRCTC Latest News: Indian Railways to Resume Services of Shatabdi, Duronto Express From April 10 | Check Complete List Here

“Indian Railways will never be privatised. It is a property of every Indian and will remain so,” the minister said, adding that it will remain with the government of India. Goyal said the Modi government has hiked investment in railways to Rs 2.15 lakh crore in 2021-22 fiscal, from Rs 1.5 lakh crore in 2019-20 fiscal. Also Read - Lucknow-New Delhi Tejas Express Train Operations To Remain Suspended From Friday Till Further Advice

“We are focusing on passenger safety. I am happy to say that there has been no passenger death in past two years. The last death due to train accident happened in March 2019,” the minister said.