some of the rail-related activities under the rural jobs scheme.
Finance Minister P Chidambaram was seen lauding the rail budget, particularly when Bansal made a reference to railway ministry repaying the Rs 3,000 crore loan taken from the Finance Ministry.
Chidambaram was also seen applauding Bansal for steps he planned to take to improve the fiscal condition of the railways.
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Leader of the Lok Sabha Sushilkumar Shinde were seen congratulating Bansal after the presentation of the rail budget.
Soon after the presentation of the rail budget, RJD supremo Lalu Prasad was seen having a word with Congress chief Sonia Gandhi. Gandhi was later seen talking to her son and party vice president Rahul, who later walked up to Lalu to have a chat.
Rahul was also seen greeting Minister of State for Railways Adhir Ranjan Chowdury.
Former Railway ministers, including Suresh Kalmadi, Dinesh Trivedi, C P Joshi, Lalu Prasad, were present in the Lok Sabha when Bansal read out the rail budget. Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, who had also briefly held the portfolio, was also present.