PATNA: Lalu Prasad’s final budget during his current tenure as Railway Minister on Tuesday has pleased his wife and former Chief Minister Rabri Devi, while porters described it as a mark of their “liberation.”
The Patna Junction, which is set to become a world class station, was a scene of celebration with porters welcoming Mr. Prasad’s announcement to promote deserving licensed ones in the fourth grade employees as gang men.
“Mr. Prasad has come as an angel. No Railway Minister ever paid heed to us. The country gained its independence 60 years ago, we stand liberated today,” they said shouting slogans hailing him. They planned to give him a rousing welcome on his arrival here.
Ms. Rabri Devi never took her eyes and ears off the TV. She hailed each and every announcement made by her husband.
“No Railway Minister has presented five budgets without raising fares even once. The masses matter to him and he has always stood by their cause. He is the number one Railway Minister the country has ever had.”
In her words the budget had kept the interests of all sections in mind and without giving any room for complaints. She disclosed the suggestions she had made for inclusion in the budget and denied that elections had any bearing on the proposals.
She was thankful that her husband had kept age in mind in giving concession to senior citizens among women and girls commuting on trains going to schools and colleges.
Ms. Rabri Devi was equally happy that her native village Phulwaria would eventually be connected by a train. “People in the remote villages have not seen even a train. Such measures are necessary for the proper uplift of the people and removing disparities.”Rail Budget 2008-09