Indian Railways, the biggest industry/service in the country, will not buy oil from the biggest corporate in India. This is part of the gradual privatisation/ private entry of the railways. Till now, Railways was purchasing oil from the PSUs only. BJP government is repaying the corporates for the support and election funds given by them. The press report in this connection is given below:
“NEW DELHI: Reliance Industries Ltd, controlled by India’s richest man, has started selling diesel to the state railways for the first time since 2005/06 after pricing of the fuel was freed, a company source said on Wednesday.
Indian Railways, the country’s biggest diesel guzzler, consumes up to 2.5 million tonnes of the fuel each year. Until last year, it received supplies from state refiners who used to be compensated for selling fuel at below-market rates.”