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Trivedi sticks to his guns

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Railway Minister Dinesh Trivedi at a press conference after he presented the Rail Budget 2012-13 on Wednesday. File photo
Railway Minister Dinesh Trivedi at a press conference after he presented the Rail Budget 2012-13 on Wednesday. File photo

"My budget proposals are for the Railways and the country... not for the party"

A day after proposing a fare hike in the rail budget, which has threatened his job, a defiant Railway Minister Dinesh Trivedi said on Thursday he would repeat the same if asked to present the budget again.

Mr. Trivedi, whose sacking has been demanded by Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee, told journalists in New Delhi that he had neither been contacted by her nor had he spoken to her yet.

Mr. Trivedi's rail budget proposals have invited the wrath of Ms. Banerjee, who has written to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to sack him.

When it was pointed out that the fare hike proposals were contrary to his party's policy, he said: “I have done it for the Railways and the country... not for party. If I have to please my party, then I am not doing my work.”

On the possibility of a fare hike rollback, Mr. Trivedi said: “The budget is in Parliament and I will be guided by Parliament. Parliament will be guided by the wisdom of people.”

Referring to the Lokpal, he said: “Why Lokpal has come? Because of the wisdom of the people. If Parliament tells me to cut down, then I will say okay I am cutting down on safety… But then do not blame me if something happens on safety.”

Invoking Rabindranath Tagore, Mr. Trivedi said he was inspired by the great poet one of whose poems reads: “Where the mind is without fear and the head is held high. It is all symbolic.”

In an apparent dig at Ms. Banerjee without naming her, Mr. Trivedi said: “What is the point of having Tagore's music at traffic junctions and not following him?”

Ms. Banerjee, after becoming Chief Minister, has ensured playing of Tagore's songs at key traffic intersections in Kolkata.

“I want to carry myself with dignity. I follow the teachings of Tagore. That is why I invoke Tagore. My mind is without fear and head is held high,” he said.

“I am receiving congratulatory messages from people from every walk of life across the country for the rail budget,” Mr. Trivedi claimed.

Change after Union budget

After she spoke to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh during the day, Ms. Banerjee is believed to have been assured that her demand for getting rid of Mr. Trivedi and replacing him with Mukul Roy would be considered only after the Union budget was presented in Parliament on Friday.

Highly-placed TMC sources said Dr. Singh assured Mamata that action against Mr. Trivedi would await the budget presentation, thereby indicating that he could lose the job over the weekend.

“Rollback our priority”

Meanwhile, Trinamool leader Sudip Bandopadhyay told journalists in New Delhi that the party's priority was “complete rollback of the hike. How the government does it, only they have to decide. They can do it after the discussion on the rail budget or before that. It is only the government which will have to decide.”

On the replacement of Mr. Trivedi by Mukul Roy, Mr. Bandopadhyay said: “It is a closed chapter,” indicating that the issue had been clinched.

Asked whether they would wait till the debate on the rail budget was over and a rollback announced, he said: “I only hope that the rollback will be announced by a new [Railway] Minister... Wait for the discussion [on rail budget] to take place.”

Noting that the debate on the rail budget was slated for today [Thursday], Mr. Bandopadhyay said: “Now it will only be next week. It has been deferred. This shows the government is also taking its time.”

He said the Congress had “also agreed to the principle that in a coalition, the parties send names of those who are to be inducted into the Council of Ministers or change the names.”

Mr. Bandopadhyay was replying to questions after a meeting of party MPs. The meeting came after he held consultations with Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee on the issue in the Lok Sabha on the sidelines of the debate on the President's address.

The Trinamool leader went to Mr. Mukherjee's seat apparently to discuss the Trivedi issue. The Minister was seen telling him something and Mr. Bandopadhyay grabbed a notepad and took down the points.

Soon thereafter, Mr. Bandopadhyay and other party members, including Mr. Roy, left the House.

Mr. Mukherjee also left soon.

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One should not perform to please. One should perform to perfect. Mr Trivedi took the right steps in the Railway Budget.

from:  rajarao
Posted on: Mar 16, 2012 at 22:39 IST

Cheers. In independent India , I saw Shri Dineshji trivedi , Indian Railways Minister, as iron-man , keeping not only his own but the head of Indian nation as high . May God ! Indian Railways & Rail- Minister , GoI ., flourish . With this Railway-men are requested to serve the nation with full dedication bringing the Railways in profit . Thanks ! Rgds.... ds meena61

from:  DS Meena
Posted on: Mar 16, 2012 at 21:13 IST

Good Railway budget proposal by Trivedi which was initialy acknowledged by congress but now i am sure it will be cmpletely restructured to make it a uselesss railway budget.
Congress will have to bow to Mamata's foolish demand.
What a shame....

from:  Vishal
Posted on: Mar 16, 2012 at 19:30 IST

Sir,I join with all the above to appreciate the very good Rly budget of this year.The Rail Minister can show the way to other Ministers how to effect economies by modifying the existing concessions to Railway officials, both their existing and retired and by not reemploying retired officials in their undertakings such as IRWO,IRFC IRCON, etc and instead for their corporations recruit younger staff. They can reduce the age of retirement, specially the senior level Officers from the existing 60 years to 58 or 55.

from:  c.g.venkatesan
Posted on: Mar 16, 2012 at 18:43 IST

Great work by our railway minister. Sad that we have to contend with the likes of Mamata Bannerjee and her lot. When will she see reason? Hope the govt. stands upto her and calls her bluff. In fact, rather than take away the ministership from Trivedi, the PM should let him continue and see to it that the reforms are implemented.

from:  Sridevi
Posted on: Mar 16, 2012 at 17:02 IST

The point is to withdraw the hiked train fare. Common people would not
be able to bear this too. We are not understanding how suddenly our
railway minister transformed as a Nationalist! Pro-poor and pro-people
is more good than being a Nationalist.

from:  Rajesh Komath
Posted on: Mar 16, 2012 at 17:01 IST

It is unfortunate for our country to see this day, when leaders are considering their selfish ambitions(to save vote bank) over the country. This scenerio clearly depicts why our country is decades behind in development when compared to our counterparts. Shame on such leaders. Wake up madam!! this is 21st century, we need to move a lot faster to catch up with the time, but this kind of mentality will lead us to nowhere but destruction.
By the way hats off this man for not being a puppet like dr.

from:  MR
Posted on: Mar 16, 2012 at 16:31 IST

No one from public has opposed the fare hike only Mamta is opposing,
doesn't it look like mamta trying to be favoured among the voters.....
One quick analysis we will make at max 10 journeys a year and if average
of 300 is to be assumed then in will come to be only 3000 a year. and
those who are making frequent journeys (probably they are employee of
one or other organisation) most of them get their tickets reimbursed by
employer. and we take the case of MST users then it will hardly a
difference of 100 rupees a month.:)

from:  AKHIL
Posted on: Mar 16, 2012 at 15:29 IST

"My mind is without fear and head is held high"...Mr. Trivedi , you will always be held high in people's mind..good job on the railway budget

from:  senthil kumaran M
Posted on: Mar 16, 2012 at 12:34 IST

I have only one thing to say to Mr. Trivedi. hats off to you, Sir. You did a commendable job.

from:  Anand Rajakrishnan
Posted on: Mar 16, 2012 at 08:37 IST

Kudos Mr. Trivedi! Keep up the good work! Though you are not responsible for the pathetic condition of railways, you are blamed for trying to fix it. As you have stated it right, till ministers work for the country, country will not prosper.

from:  Parameshwar
Posted on: Mar 16, 2012 at 05:07 IST

This is really appreciable, Mr DINESH TRIVEDI country is with you as you said you have done for the country not for that party, please dont play dirty vote bank politics my dear politicians (Ms Banarjee), we voted you for the better society not for the sake of your party survivelance. we want leaders like Dinesh trivedi for this country who will work for the country for the people, not for the social status or for your family as most of the politicians are doing. God sake please support trivedi for his brave budget which is good for the country my dear cabinet ministers.

from:  Amruth
Posted on: Mar 16, 2012 at 04:35 IST

I would say this is the clean budget proposed than previous one proposed by Mamta. When compared to last one this budget took major issues railway facing now and there is a solution proposed to. But last budget is skewed towards the development of West Bengal literally to say to capture mind of Bengal people. Mamta laid the foundation for vision 2020 for railway rather I would say vision 2011 WB election but none of the steps were taken to implement and projects proposed during that(2011-2012)period is not time bound. But this budget has laid down the path to achieve the mission.
There is no question of Mr. Trivedi should resign.

from:  Mohammed Nooman
Posted on: Mar 15, 2012 at 23:34 IST

dinesh trivedi is truly give a inspiring step taken a action which is in
national & people of india intrest.but what is going on in national
politics its not in intrest of india bcz politician not given a right
example for younger generation.a man doing right can go in question mark
of his designation.for me dinesh trivedi is really good and responsible
minister action taken for railway intrest.

from:  AVINASH
Posted on: Mar 15, 2012 at 22:49 IST

I find that almost all give good certificate to Mr.Trivedi.If he is a good man really he ought to have found his place in the Opposition.He seem to be an opportunist,so he side with TMC and now with congress.It seem that he will cross the fence for his own gain and he will be suitably rehabilitated if he crossed over to congress..So he is a good man to that extent.No hike in fare without the knowledge of PM possible.Only mistake he did,I feel that he might have failed to keep her informed or take her suggestion or he did this without her knowledge.s

from:  KB.Sundram.Tamilnadu
Posted on: Mar 15, 2012 at 22:08 IST

I am glad at what you have done Mr. Trivedi. When a lot of people in
this country are not worried about a much due hike (paise in 10 years),
why is Didi worried, who must be traveling all public money sponsored
transportation? Its time someone showed solidarity with good politics and rise above occasion. I request all political parties to move forward and grow
beyond the populist measures.

from:  Srinivas P B S
Posted on: Mar 15, 2012 at 20:44 IST

Mr. Trivedi's bugdet makes a lot of sense. I see no one who uses the
railways opposing the hike in fares. To stop the Indian railways going
down the Air India route we have to put money into the system; and that
money should come from the stakeholders---us. His party is more
concerned about vote banks and false egos than the common man. I hope
the central government can rise above all this.

from:  Sachit
Posted on: Mar 15, 2012 at 20:07 IST

i feel trivadi sir deserves to be our prime minister now. through out
mamtha now.

from:  aravind
Posted on: Mar 15, 2012 at 18:06 IST

I enjoy reading the outcry of the people over the mamata's outbursts against her own party man in the cabinet.She should silently accept and enjoy the accolades being showered upon her party man in the cabinet.Trivedi should not resign.

from:  kirubakaran
Posted on: Mar 15, 2012 at 17:57 IST

Mamata B is a retro-step for the state and through coalition politics
for the country. Her tenure as the Railway minister was poor to the
extent of zero leadership.

Its sad to see such irresponsible and narrow minded politicians coming
in the way of development albeit a nominal raise in fares.

from:  NR
Posted on: Mar 15, 2012 at 17:56 IST

2012 Railway is good and forward looking, a man with the principle
to stand by what he believes in despite all is a breath of fresh
air in a morally decayed political India

keep it up Bhagat trivedi

from:  Chongloi
Posted on: Mar 15, 2012 at 17:53 IST

Mr. Trivedi Hats Off for U and Ur Guts...
U have given something to this country which is based on Economic
rationality rather than Political Populism which has become basis of
Public Policies in India. But at the same time its sad that Dr. Singh
and Mr. Mukherjee is also ignoring a wise budget which can be called a
true BUDGET not just a document of numbers.
Although the Boss is opposing the fare Hikes, but its really her
policies that have ruined the Railways at some extent ad when someone
is trying to make things right she wants him to vacate the office. SAD
And what strike most is that Mr. Trivedi still standing still on his
budget after being warned for sacking. This shows that at least their
are some leaders of Integrity and who truly want welfare and
modernization of this country in true terms, but POLITICIAN they will
always put their own interest in front of country. And on the other
hand this showed that UPA Govt is so weak, Hanging by in mercy of DD .

from:  VInay
Posted on: Mar 15, 2012 at 17:37 IST

I feel nothing wrong in the slight rise in prices of rail fare as according to CAG report there are thousands of losses which govt is not able to recover. Noteworthy point here is that railway major revenue comes from Borrowings from Government not from operating income.
Mamta is playing political mind in sake of pity of poor that rail fare could shake their money expenditure. She just only want to start more trains in bengal so that she is able to win the state elections.

from:  ankush jaryal
Posted on: Mar 15, 2012 at 17:09 IST

I think most of us agree that fare hike is must if you want quality product. India must be a progressive country rather than orthodox. Here, we criticize the people who wish to do something better for the country. Indian rail needs to improve a lot if we see world standards. In last 9 years milk cost increased from Rs 12 a liter to Rs 36 a liter. Cost of living has increased and similarly there has been a rise in income level also. Spending power of an average man has increased. Then why the rail fare hike after nine years is not justifiable? That too for better facilities and secutities. We must give this gentle man a fair chance to do good for the Indian railways. The people against the railway budget are traiters.

from:  vinay gupta
Posted on: Mar 15, 2012 at 16:46 IST

-Whats with side-middle berth? When will it be discontinued?

-Why the advance booking of tickets be increased from 90 days to 1290
days? Anyways, it doesn't matter, what ever time you try, its either

- When will the Indian Railways stop using Indian Stretchable Time
and start using the Indian Standard Time? A train 15 minutes late is
considered to be on time by people. See, this has become so usual

- When are we going to have an actual fast train?

- In many countries people take a train journey to be nice, comfy, adventurous, fast? When will the time come that we can also think of
a train journey in the same way? Right now when I book a ticket from
suppose Kolkata to Ahmedabad, how my mind reacts? arre yaar, phir se
1.5 days ki exhausting journey !

- Will there ever be a change? People promise but no one keeps it.We
are being promised since the last 65 years but till now, Nothing!
We need another Netaji Bose, another Sardar Patel right now.

from:  Abhinav Pathak
Posted on: Mar 15, 2012 at 16:44 IST

A commendable job done there by the Railway Minister. I can see the railways coming back onto the track under his leadership. The improvement of railways would culminate in the growth of various businesses directly and indirectly related to the railways which 'd eventually contribute to the nation's development. An organization of such a mammoth infrastructure and potential shouldn't be let go broke due to petty politics played by the likes of Didi and the opposition. Didi is being a hypocrite. She on one hand is trying to suppress unnecessary strikes in her state and on the other hand seems to the first one to strike against anything and everything happening at the centre. She is proving again and again that she has big vocal chords and zero brains. You have already made a big blunder Didi by turning away pioneers of economic development from your state (read the TATAs). Now please don't try to bully over men of mettle (read Mr.Trivedi) who are trying to do some good work.

from:  Praveen Bandaru
Posted on: Mar 15, 2012 at 16:41 IST

More than 55% of India(According to government stats, wonder whats
real) is below the poverty line. Even a minimal raise in prices would
actually turn out to be bad or even worse for them. The Sleeper
Class, Second Class and Platform Ticket shouldn't have been included
in the price rise.

-I hope they put on a big dustbin in all the coaches in the trains.
Right now, all a coach has is a small bin beneath the wash basin for
throwing your stuff. Ultimately, people have to throw the stuff
either outside the train or below their berths.

-Another problem is with the wobbling of the trains. They could not
and will not work on this I am pretty sure, why should a train wobble
while in rectilinear movement.

-The stations are petty, train journey has always been exhausting and
not at all comfortable. Wonder why the upper berth is so close to the
ceiling in sleeper and AC 3 Tier. Nobody except a child can even
drink water from a bottle while on the upper berth.
Not happy at all!!

from:  Abhinav Pathak
Posted on: Mar 15, 2012 at 16:31 IST

Passenger fares were not increased for the last 8 years despite substantial increase in fuel fares. How long could we continue this way?. Now the Railway Minister would be made a scape-goat & all the politicians would pounce on him with all their might asking the fare increase proposal to be reversed. Each one of them would project that it's a victory for them. A perfect recipe for the elections to come. We gullible voters would be busy analysing as to who had done this great job of recalling the fare hike. Great job Netajis, you've turned this issue into a virtual reality. Firstly create a controversy, then create a pandemonium to recall same & finally take credit for this ado about nothing!. Smart tactic to prevent voters from asking what fruitful work these politicians have done to them because they very well know that not even a single party could answer that question!. Wake up India, it's time to analyse every candidate by his/her merit & not by their stunts.

from:  Capt.Vijayaraghavan.K.
Posted on: Mar 15, 2012 at 16:28 IST

Mamta jee India is not only made of BPL people or very poor people that's why the fare increase is differential so that every class can afford the increase.
Also the condition of railways notably the safety parameters have to be improved. From where will that money come if not from the railways whose fare was last increased years ago.
The step taken by Mr. Dinesh is laudable.Pl dont kill this budget.

from:  Pankaj
Posted on: Mar 15, 2012 at 16:25 IST

Mamta could have negotiated on the fare increase issue but she decided
to ask PM to sack the good man. Dirty Picture of Dirty Politics.

from:  harmeet saini
Posted on: Mar 15, 2012 at 16:25 IST

Just add up the element of inflation in the past nine years, including the rising and almost in-elastic staff costs, and work backwards how soon the railways will go extint unless they rationalise freight & fares and go in for technology improvements to increase productivity. At last there is a Rly. minister who is prepared to rise above party-politics and has a courageous and futuristic outlook. He deserves our support.

from:  A. Prasad
Posted on: Mar 15, 2012 at 16:23 IST

Scarface of dirty coalition politics. The drama due to fare hike is
nothing but the face of arrogant Ms. Banerjee , instead of running the
railways like IA, Mr. trivedi was sensible enough to think of the causes
of hygiene, traffic and accidents and brave enough to pull out the
Railways from being "Sick".

from:  G. Meena
Posted on: Mar 15, 2012 at 16:19 IST

I feel Mr. Trivedi has put up a strong rail budget indeed. It seems either Mamta Banerjee doesn't have much intellectual power to understand it or she's doing politics for vote bank.

from:  Shikha Duggal
Posted on: Mar 15, 2012 at 16:19 IST

Why such a hue and cry about the fare hike?
The railway fares never were hiked to a big extent to avoid hurting
the poor. Agreed! But for how long?
The conditions of the railways are deplorable.There is a requirement
for some extra revenue (considering it is indeed used for the public
good) to bring in the changes that are 'needed'.
The fare hike is nominal from every point of view.
It would be so nice if everybody can see the reasoning and need behind
such a hike.

from:  Harshita
Posted on: Mar 15, 2012 at 16:15 IST

Kudos to Mr Dinesh Trivedi for keeping Party n leaders behind nation's interest.This Pilot by profession can simply fly indian trains if given proper chance.It is work lalu n mamta who fooled country men by not raising prices n showing profits intsead of loss in railways.It's been a decade since price rise so its obvious needed to improve infrastructure n other services.Just think how much ha diesel prices rised in last decade.Mr Trivedi n JaiRam RAMESH are one of few very rare gud n brave ministers in Country.I am Proud that a man from my District kutch Gujarat is HOnest to this Country ...HOpe he stays long i=as Railway Minister

from:  Simply Indian
Posted on: Mar 15, 2012 at 15:57 IST

In my life time I have yet to see a principled person as Mr. Trivedi. Hats off to him and his decisions.

from:  sunil malik
Posted on: Mar 15, 2012 at 15:47 IST

The Country is controlled by inefficient politicians without vision.
They are good for nothing.Even after 64 years of our independence,national leadership is poor and no match to what the people and country demands.Not only Trivedi, along with him,Manmohan singh team should for the good of the Country!

from:  KB.Sundram.Tamilnadu
Posted on: Mar 15, 2012 at 15:47 IST

Mr. Trivedi has done a good job (from what experts in the field say) and has been honest when he said that railways needed money to modernize (facilities) and improve safety. Inc. in fare was called for and what TMC was forgetting is that over last 10 yrs. there has been some imp. atleast in financial condt. of most people and so this hike (after 10 yrs) is NOT "absurd". Derek O Brien was terrible as a speaker on national TV last evening (only words he had were "philosophy" & "DNA" of TMC). In contrast, what Mr. Trivedi said on TV last evening sounded very good to the ears("country comes first") but he went a little too far by trying to compare himself with Shaheed Bhagat Singh and being very philosophical in his answers :)...

from:  Vikrant
Posted on: Mar 15, 2012 at 15:45 IST

As the prime Minister is responsible for the act of his cabinet minister and the Hon. Railway Minister must have discussed all the budget proposals with the prime Minister. Hence, the prime Minister must convince Madam Mamta Bannerjee that the budget proposals are in order and I stand by to the Railway minister. However, if any change(s)if require can considered but to remove the minister from the cabinet is not a good precident.

from:  K.C.Agarwal
Posted on: Mar 15, 2012 at 15:44 IST

Well done Trivedi ji , go head people of the country are with you . We need you for improving the bad condtion of the Railways. God Bless you.Thanks

from:  M M PATHAK
Posted on: Mar 15, 2012 at 15:42 IST

Country needs people like Mr Trivedi, who is bold enough to come up with suggestions necessary to the development of the country, above various political considerations, overcomming the threat of becoming an unfavourable for his own political leader. His suggestions are progressive, timely and warrented for the progress of the Railways. Now he has to prove his mettle by implementing these suggestions, which will yield the desired results and where normally politicians fail. Lets us rally behind minds like these for a bright future of our nation.

from:  K S Madhusuthan
Posted on: Mar 15, 2012 at 15:41 IST

If prices of train fare were not raised for 9 years it is not fault of Didi. No minister raised them due to political complusion/weakness each time.
Petrol, Disel,Kerosene,LPG prices can shoot anytime and Mamta has to oppose that and FDI in retail. If her own minister is raising train travel fare how can she effectively oppose the fuel prices hike ? Divedi has done favour to congress/UPA by raisng train fare prices, probably with some support of congress itself.
As per current political situation, price rise should had been restricted to Higher class travel only.

from:  sachin
Posted on: Mar 15, 2012 at 15:42 IST

The challenge in preparing and executing the railway budget is to keep doing all the required developments in operation and improving the standards by raising required funds from alternative sources. The price hike in passenger fare is not appreciated at this stage.

from:  Rajendra
Posted on: Mar 15, 2012 at 15:41 IST

Trivedi Did the best thing. These politicians are themselves increasing salaries, assests.
Is the value of rupee, growth similar to last decade. If i would be the Railway minister i would increase 10% of charges each year.
We need to learn from china. We take decades to complete a small project.

from:  Prathap
Posted on: Mar 15, 2012 at 15:39 IST

Desh hitt pehle. We are proud of you sir. Now we think that india will once again be a sone ki chidia, if leaders like you continue to do so.
Warm regards.

from:  Lovely
Posted on: Mar 15, 2012 at 15:38 IST

Most Poltican Leader Shouting for food. But they do not allow to cook.where is food coming? from air? Poltician shouting develoment. But not allow increase little Fare Hire. Better for them they total free the railways fair.

from:  Pradipta Kumar Sahoo
Posted on: Mar 15, 2012 at 15:37 IST

This is need of time to take tough decision. Although the decision apparently looks bold, if one goes by the increase in input cost and other statistics, it is not tough. Despite that the way opposition and Mamatam Banerjee is reacting is a reflection of the populistic political policy.
Mr. Triwedi should be appreciated to have shown the guts to go against the populist policy of her own party.
Other party should come forward to support the budget and get it passed. They should not oppose everything for the sake of being in opposition.
A good and forward lookong budget should be appreciated in larger good of the Indian Railway, the life line of India.
Congrates to Mr. Trivedi.

from:  Nikunj Bharti
Posted on: Mar 15, 2012 at 15:34 IST

Shameful is the situation for the TMC.... of course if they wish to realize it. While the Citizens themselves feel the need for an enhancement of fares.. TMC leader has gone totally blind to anything except cheap stunts for a vote bank (though costly to the country). Kudos to our Rly Minister.. We appreciate you, We support you Sir!

from:  Jayanta Tarafdar
Posted on: Mar 15, 2012 at 15:30 IST

Dear Sir (Mr.Trivedi),

It's a humble request that, please don't be afraid of these 2,3 politicians who themselves are creditable for anything who so ever they may be.
And why should you resign, you are not answerable to PM MMS and CM MB, you are to answer the nation and to GOD (as you u'rself said).
So take a firm stand and implement what you have thought and proposed.

from:  R V
Posted on: Mar 15, 2012 at 15:22 IST

It is after a longtime to see a great Center Minister Mr Trivedi ,The Railway Minister ,presenting his budget in tune with the requirements of The Railways rather than appeasing the nation through populasim.It is quite obvious he earns wrath of his boss Mammta Bannerjee. whatever the decision India still has a store of higly honest and dedicated leaders to lead the nation through darkness. This is essence of yesterday's episode. I would only pray that wisdom dawns on Mammta Didui and thus allows the UPA2 to run smoothly in the interest of Country.

from:  Brij Krishan Kaul
Posted on: Mar 15, 2012 at 15:22 IST

We the poor public have no idea if the whole thing was just a big drama.
But it is good to see someone not blown away by Didi, if the act is genuine.
The fare increase is something that can be afforded by people today and is a move in the right direction.
A lot of money has to be pumped to the railways it is India lifeline and our progress as a nation is linked to a very efficient and safe mass transit system.

from:  karunakar
Posted on: Mar 15, 2012 at 15:21 IST

Mr.Dinesh Trivedi has presented a pragmatic and forward looking budget.
We must understand that railway is an organisation and just like every
other organisation in the country it should maintain good financial
health along with ensuring the safety of its users and staffs for which
resources need to be arranged. Blindly following populist measures will
land Indian railways in trouble. Sacking him for a good thing which he
did is not good for Indian democracy

from:  A R Vinayak Das
Posted on: Mar 15, 2012 at 15:18 IST

Right decision take by a right person go a head dinesh sir....

from:  Debabrato Gayen
Posted on: Mar 15, 2012 at 15:15 IST

the railway budget proposed by Mr.Trivedi is quite healthy for the
railways in terms of its' financial status. by far and large, mamata
doesn't have any rights to question him when her performance for the
same ministry was not up to the mark. the rise doesn't seem significant
as everything right from fuel to food has become costlier than what it
used to be.

from:  srinivas.s
Posted on: Mar 15, 2012 at 15:13 IST

Why this Kolaveri Kolaveri Didi !!
Put the Budget - To the Public !!
If Public Shout - Then You Shout !!
Public Not Shouting - Why this Kolaveri Kolaveri Didi !!

from:  Paul
Posted on: Mar 15, 2012 at 15:11 IST

Even common man has not objected on fair hike why mamata has taken so seriously.mamata ji allow countary to devalop. utilize propit of railway for importing food grains and is just 2paisa per Km

from:  gubbi
Posted on: Mar 15, 2012 at 15:05 IST

All these parties are making noise only since the want to show that they
do not support the hike. Where were all these guys during petrol/ diesel
price hike. What they did for controlling inflation. Except commuters
regular usage of railway by others is low
First let them control price hike of oil etc and then talk

from:  salam
Posted on: Mar 15, 2012 at 15:04 IST

Go ahead Trivedi ji.We are with you.

from:  Dipendra
Posted on: Mar 15, 2012 at 15:03 IST

Really Sad to know how the everything is guided by politician. It is we, the people of India, who choose them, but surely not given right to any politician to ruin the country where we live.
I don't know how Madam Mamta Banejree is talking on behalf of COMMON PERSON, does she have a discretionary right to speak on behalf of common people.
I am also a common person, travels in mumbai local and also travel to distant places in U.P. to my home town.I personally don't feel anything wrong in the railway tariff hike untill unless the money goes for betterment of facilities, safety and modernisation of railways.
The railway tariff rationalisation was must,if the protesting leaders recall, there is no price rise for the last 5-8 years in railway charges, however, the costs is continously rising.With old tariff how the increasing expenses will be serviced.
It is ironical to observe that these political leaders wish to push the railway as well to financial distress similar to power sector.

from:  Himanshu Mishra
Posted on: Mar 15, 2012 at 15:00 IST

It is not Mamta or PM but common man who can ask him to resign. Mamta or PM are not sufferers but commutters are suffers. Mumbai Malayalis are suffering the most due to shortage of trains between Mumbai and Kerala. There was lot of pleads and long pending demand for a new daily train from Mumbai to Kerala but we have been neglected this time also. Mumbai Malayalis should vote only to the party who is ready to fulfil their demands

from:  Gopal
Posted on: Mar 15, 2012 at 14:53 IST

Mr. Trivedi has taken correct measure to save the Indian Rlys.from
steping up to BFIR. But he shouldn't over rule the party's Supremo.
Everything should have been done in consultation with the leader. As a
responsible citizen of the country Rly Budget is most welcome.

from:  Ashok Biswas
Posted on: Mar 15, 2012 at 14:48 IST

Mr trivedi ji ,Good job...mamata Record in politics is Bad.After winning Westbengal election,she is always Blackmailing Prime minister..We dont need Such Politician....!!
the time will come when Youth of bengal will be on street and there will be one nara ....GO MAMATA GO...!!

from:  Rahim Hasan
Posted on: Mar 15, 2012 at 14:45 IST

The Indian Railways unites our vast and diverse nation. It cannot be
held to ransom and ruin to satisfy the narrow and selfish political
motive of Ms. Mamata Banerjee. The Indian Railways should be made robust
and dynamic and create resources to further link and unite the as yet
unconnected hinterland of this country. An appeal to Ms. Mamata Banerjee
- 'Please do not kill or bleed the Indian Railways'. Political parties
may come and go, Indian Railways is here to stay.

from:  Group Captain Dhiren Panda
Posted on: Mar 15, 2012 at 14:44 IST

The budget is practical if we look into the recent hikes. To maintain
the quality there is a need to invest more. People will pay more if
there is some advancement. I am with you Mr. Trivedi and anyone who want
to see India progress will surely be in.

from:  CHinmay Mandal
Posted on: Mar 15, 2012 at 14:39 IST

This is complete rubbish. How can Mamata just pass an order like this?
She has to be rational in what she does and what she proposes. She
THINKS that she's the greatest politician of all times, but she never
acts as one. Grow up Mamata!

from:  Arun
Posted on: Mar 15, 2012 at 14:33 IST

I now fully in support of that women's bill will never ever get pass
in parliament. It should be a passe for ever. From NDA's days till now
all powerful womens are behaving like infants not even like a child -
be it Jayalalitha, Mayavati, Vasundhara Raje, Mamta Banerji, Sadhvi
Uma & Ritambhara, Activists Megha Patkar, Arundhati Rai & Testa
Kishtwad and one Joker Ms. Anuradha - Addl. Atrny. Gen. of Haryana.
Even Indira Gandhi gone whacky when he lost the suit against Raj
Narayan for rigging the poll and imposed Emergency. So women has
tendencies to govern like dictators and very little knowledge about
economics and social impacts. A woman like Mamata, who actually not a
pro-poor rather sadist or perverted populist, can't logically handle
any damn or even a little straight thing let alone the Bengal or
Railway Ministry. She can't even handle Kolkatta and her future is as
much drastic as of Uma Bharti or Vasundhra Raje. She was, is & will
remain a failure & so are all those women.

from:  Tunopt
Posted on: Mar 15, 2012 at 14:23 IST

Price of every commodity has gone up incleding fuel. Then why one shold not increase cost of ticket and other service charges. Why to ignore safty ? We must progress. Subsidised cost should not become a habit.

from:  Mathew. M
Posted on: Mar 15, 2012 at 14:07 IST

After a very long time a politician tries to prepare a budget 'logically' correct and this is what he gets in return. The large chunk of people of India are indeed not literate enough to understand the minor calculations on which this system rests but they are swayed away by what is told to them , which in this case has been to create a bad impression of Mr Trivedi. This is really a sad day for Indian politics.

from:  Sajal Kumar
Posted on: Mar 15, 2012 at 14:07 IST

Where does of the question of shri Dinesh Trivedi resigning his position
from the union cabinet after the prime minister had remarked that the
budget was 'forward looking'.
The words employed by the Prime Minister showed that he has full
confidence in his railway minister.

from:  manoharan
Posted on: Mar 15, 2012 at 14:06 IST

Bahut dino baad koi damdaar aadmi dikha hai .Very good Trivedi ji keep it up. Indian public need the person like you.They are with you.

from:  dinesh gulati
Posted on: Mar 15, 2012 at 13:54 IST

The powers to the politicians should be reduced. Any politician should
not be allowed to appoint or disappoint any other politician. One
politician should not be responsible to other and he should be made
resposible to the people directly and to the PM. Everybody has to do
their own work. There should not any political party. An Individual will
represent himself by his own identity. Then only our country will

from:  Swami Durai
Posted on: Mar 15, 2012 at 13:54 IST

Mr Dinesh Trivedi, please stand your ground on implementing your strategies to improve the railways. The opponents are a bunch of rabble, with no clear cut solutions to the problem at hand.The country needs people like you, to clear the cobwebs that have been allowed to gather in this ministry, due to bureaucracy and petty party politics. In the interest of the country and not the party, get the ball rolling in favour of this railway budget and its aspirations.

from:  Narendra Naidu
Posted on: Mar 15, 2012 at 13:53 IST

It is strange that a minister is saying that country interests come first and party next, where as the PM earlier said as if 'Coalition Dharma' comes first! Ofcourse party president comes foremost for the PM.Hats-off to Trivedi for his principles, not for raising train charges though.

from:  MSN
Posted on: Mar 15, 2012 at 13:43 IST

Mr.Trivedi looks to be a person of integrity. Most of the people believe that he has done his job very delegently.

from:  Viswanathan.AM
Posted on: Mar 15, 2012 at 13:42 IST

Same old story! This resignation drama is on the expected lines these days. Didi has a chance every now and then to cry, and soon thereafter, she retracts. It is backdoor parley since, after Centre's assurance of pumping in more funds for West Bengal, she says OK. But she has a voice, she is doing the opposition job sitting in the treasury benches. We need many CMs all over India since it is the only allies who get funds and not the own party/Congress CMs who secure funds for their States. Congress ruled States are just puppets in the hands of central leadership of the congress party who call it high command. They have to satisfy with what they have.

from:  hari
Posted on: Mar 15, 2012 at 13:41 IST

My country is in the hands of robbers who are robbing continously and then shifting the blame to the vulnerable ones. What a deplorable condition we 'the people of india' finding ourselves in. Asking resignation from dinesh trivedi is like silenting the pragmatic voices and suggestions that could lead to developmemt of our country. Our politicians should come out from their myopic visions and show some foresightedness.

from:  Abhilasha Mandeliya
Posted on: Mar 15, 2012 at 13:37 IST

He is the first ever railway minister presented a wise budget that helps to recover railways from the current dried down status in the country. Dont understand the political motive behind this and to get a complete kios just for a marginal fare increase, come onand let think positive aspects and save railways..

from:  sk nair
Posted on: Mar 15, 2012 at 13:21 IST

It's really sad that when a leader tries to make revolutionary changes in the system, the politicians start playing vote-bank games. The budget emphasizes on the use of the money for improving the facilities, hygiene, safety, food and other aspects in order to meet the international standards. The minimal hikes in the fares, after nine long years also take care of discriminating the hikes as per the financial health of different segments of the society. We cannot progress if there is no consensus on the upliftment of the Indian standards.

from:  Akriti Swaroop
Posted on: Mar 15, 2012 at 13:00 IST

Shri.Dinesh Trivedi has done a commendable job in presenting a 'forward
looking' budget in the words of the Prime Minister.In the circumstances,
the Prime Minister should retain him in his cabinet withstanding
pressures from the Trinamul Congress, a key constituent of UPA II,to
drop him from the cabinet

from:  manoharan
Posted on: Mar 15, 2012 at 12:20 IST

Shri Dinesh Trivedi has done a commendable job in presenting a 'forward
looking railway budget.Prime Minister Shri Manmohan Singh has commended
his performance. In this cricumstances,he ought not to resign his job as railway minister succumbing to pressure tactics from his party supremo.Shri Trivedi could challange his party leadership to remove him from his job.

from:  manoharan
Posted on: Mar 15, 2012 at 12:16 IST

It appears to me that the Railway Minister is correct and just.In order to remain in power, our politicians go to any extend and ruin the nation. Some day all the subsidies will boomerang on our children.So much so that they all will have slaves life.

from:  Viswanath
Posted on: Mar 15, 2012 at 11:59 IST

Here is someone who doesn't bow down against an autocratic leader who doesn't listen
to the reason.

from:  Vinayak
Posted on: Mar 15, 2012 at 11:46 IST
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