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Updated: March 22, 2012 01:06 IST

Trinamool asks Roy to roll back hiked fares

J. Balaji
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Mukul Roy takes at his office after taking charge as Railway Minister at the Rail Bhawan in New Delhi on Wednesday.
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Mukul Roy takes at his office after taking charge as Railway Minister at the Rail Bhawan in New Delhi on Wednesday.

With their man – Mukul Roy – on the saddle in the Railway Ministry, the Trinamool Congress in the Lok Sabha on Wednesday urged him to roll back the increased passenger fares announced by Dinesh Trivedi in the House on March 14.

Mr. Trivedi was pulled out of the Cabinet after he unveiled his proposals in his Railway budget. Trinamool MPs even staged dharnas inside and outside Parliament against his proposed “anti-people” steps.

Even as Mr. Roy, who visited Rail Bhavan only on Wednesday after assuming office the day earlier, keenly watched party colleague Kalyan Banerjee speaking on the railway budget. Mr. Banerjee stressed withdrawal of the new fare structure and hoped that the new Minister would sincerely work and successfully run the Indian Railways.

Recalling “Vision 2020” for the Railways, announced by party leader Mamata Banerjee when she was the Railway Minister (in NDA regime), Mr. Banerjee said the new Minister should take that forward and fulfil it in the interests of the poor.

He took the opportunity to hit out at Mr. Trivedi, saying that some people thought that by raising taxes they became intellectuals. “If you ignore the condition of poor, then you become prudent!”

Referring to the fare hike for passenger trains, he said if a poor person travelled even for a mere 25 km., he had to shell out an extra Rs.75 a ticket.

Another Trinamool member, Ratna De, too wanted roll back of the increased train fares. “Fare hike is not fair,” she said. She too did not spare Mr. Trivedi. She accused him of indulging in jugglery of increasing the fares in terms of paise a km, while the real hike worked out to be 20 per cent of the ticket price.

If the government wanted to generate resources for rail safety and modernisation, it should bring back the black money stashed away abroad and impose higher taxes on corporates.

Yogi Adityanath (BJP) said it was for the first time in the country's history that a Railway Minister, who presented the budget, had become a “former Minister.” He said, “When he [Mr. Trivedi] announced fare hike, we realised what is going to happen...We suspected that something is fishy.” There was “no reason” for increasing the passenger fares at a time when a “dangerous” situation was created by inflation.

Paramjit Kaur (Shiromoni Akali Dal) noted that Mr. Trivedi presented the Railway budget with much fanfare but could not see its passage.

In democracy leaders should have courage to take unpopular decisions but in ours they don't have courage and that is the root cause of the plight of the common people.

from:  sk singh
Posted on: Mar 23, 2012 at 22:04 IST

it is nothing but a political game being played by mamta bannerjee. All the railway minister except few in the past have applied same strategy to lure the public for a simple reason pretending to be a kind enough and harsh for their own department. In the end the drama shows the complete weakness and fear of the centre .compulsion is maintained but dignity in total is ignored . Numbers are kept intact but responsibilities are kept aside.It is a true fabricated parliamentary type of government showing its strong will power to live a long life even @ the cost of its image and vision.

from:  manoj kumar
Posted on: Mar 23, 2012 at 18:08 IST

Anybody can only read Mukul Roy statement.people know the politicians
trick.they are mirror image of each other .I think that the politicians
are dedicated to take advantage on the name of reform .Really they are
not in favor of development.they are in favor of exploitation of poor
people more and more.at last one thing i will say that the
implementation of every rule in our country is in a very miserable way.

from:  MOHINI
Posted on: Mar 22, 2012 at 13:39 IST

"If a poor person travelled even for a mere 25 km., he had to shell out
an extra Rs.75 a ticket."

per Km 5ps was increased for sleeper class and 2ps on normal. So for
25Kms it should be Rs.1.25 and Rs.0.50 respectively. I don't know how
can it be 75extra on a ticket!!!

from:  Santosh Vadlamani
Posted on: Mar 22, 2012 at 10:32 IST

A bit of inconvenient truth. It seems that Hindu has conveniently forgotten that a mere 4 years ago Dayanidhi Maran was fired from his position of union IT Minister as a result of family squabbles back in TN. And he was replaced by a more obedient Raja by the same ruling family of TN. At least Mamata had "ideological" rather than family reasons for getting rid of Trivedi. Her methods seemed brash simply because MMS was not doing her bidding the same way he had been bending over backwards with the DMK.
What was that saying about " people living in glass houses .. " ?

from:  Dr. Dev Gupta
Posted on: Mar 21, 2012 at 21:06 IST
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