Supporting the fare hike, five Railway employee unions on Saturday threatened to launch an agitation against any possible rollback.

In a letter to Prime Minister, they have sought his intervention to ensure that the fare proposal in the railway budget is not withdrawn.

“We request you to kindly intervene and take steps that the fares hike proposal is not rolled back without providing matching support to the Indian Railways from the general exchequer,” Railway unions wrote.

Railway unions — All India Railwaymen's Federation, National Federation of Indian Railwaymen , Indian Railway Promotee Officers' Federation, Federation of Railway Officers' Association — voiced their concern over the “politicisation” of fare hike.

Railway Minister Dinesh Trivedi has earned the wrath of his party chief Mamata Banerjee for proposing a fare hike in the Rail Budget. Railways had hike fares in 2003 and since then no Railway Minister had touched them. — PTI

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