New Delhi, Sep 24: The newly-appointed Railway Minister, C.P. Joshi, today said the safety of passengers will be his top priority, along with improvement in passenger amenities and modernisation.
Joshi, who has been given additional charge of the Railway Ministry after the Trinamool Congress (TMC) withdrew from the UPA Government, said that he would first hold discussions with his officials, and then set future goals.
“The first priority is that of safety, then improvement in passenger amenities and the most important, is modernisation, so that railways have an active role in India’s economic growth,” he told mediapersons here soon after taking charge of his new portfolio.
“It is too early to talk about this. I will discuss these issues with my officials. Let me first understand the ministry. Then, I will respond to all the queries,” he added, when asked about the extra burden on the passengers in the wake of the fresh reforms announced by the government.
Joshi, who also holds the charge of Road Transport and Highways, is a Member of Parliament from the Bhilwara Lok Sabha Constituency in Rajasthan.
Earlier, he also held the portfolio of Rural Development and Panchayati Raj in the Union Ministry. (ANI)