New Delhi: The Parliament session began with Arjun Charan Sethi sitting in the chair of Lok Sabha on Tuesday. The main issues to be discussed would be the grants for Railways for 2016-17 and amendments to the Bill. Congress leader Mallikarjun Kharge initiated the debate. Replying to the allegations tabled by the Opposition, BJP leader Anant Kumar took the charge of the Centre’s defence. Thereafter, a host of leaders spoke about the key proposals and objections to them.

Here are the Parliament session’s highlights:

5.40 PM: Concluding the session, Railway minister Suresh Prabhu said that there is a complete five year plan for the restructuring, reorganising and rejuvenating the Indian railways. “We have a proper plan for the next five years. We need cooperation from the people to improve the conditions of the trains, Prabhu added. 

5.25 PM: JD(U) leader Kaushalendra Kumar says Centre should take lessons from Lalu Prasad. “During Lalu’s tenure, Railways earned adequately good and train fares were also not high”, Kumar added.

4.40 PM: Arvind Ganpat Sawant, Shiv Sena leader, demands for clean toilets in the local trains and suggests that suction trains can help in managing the garbage on the tracks.
4.20 PM: Sixth Pay Commission is a challenge for the Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu, CPI(M) leader Badaruddoza Khan says.
4.10 PM: Naming and renaming of trains takes years and the need of the hour is to change the norms, says TRS leader Vinod Kumar.
4.05 PM: Several pending projects in Andhra Pradesh, says Narasimham Thota.
4.00 PM: Shiv Sena leader Shrirang Appa Barne demands a semi hi-speed train between Mumbai and Pune for the convenience of passengers.
3.50 PM: Indian Railways too much dependant on small comodities, says Rabindra Kumar.
3.30 PM: West Bengal got nothing from the Union Railways Budget 2016-2017, says Tapas Mandal.
“I wrote many a times to the Central govt, raised the issue in the house but my voice was not heard”, Mandal added.
3.20 PM: Mulayam Singh Yadav asks the govt to complete the already started rail projects in Uttar Pardesh.
3.15 PM: Yogi requests the railway ministry for a direct train service between Gorakhpurand Kolkata.
3.00 PM: BJP leader Yogi says that the govt’s initiative to connect all the verticals of Railways will soon be fructified. People will be able to move throughout the country more efficiently using the Railways.
2.45 PM: Adityanath said Indian railways has improved its standards since BJP came into power. 
“Conditions are improving. People get answers to their queries within no time and this is happening for the first time”, Yogi said.
2.30 PM: Capital expenditures decreased by 20%, said Mallikarjun Kharge.
2.00 PM: Grant for Railways for 2016-17.
Earlier on Tuesday, the Rajya Sabha was disrupted over the Uttarakhand government crisis and the JNU issue. 
There was uproar in the house over the action taken against JNU president Kanhaiya Kumar and rustication of two other students, Umar Khalid and Anirbhan Bhattacharya. CPI-M leader Sitaram Yechury sought a proper debate on the issue.


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