Tiruchi Bureau

Sop for senior women welcomed

Thanjavur: The railway budget presented by the Union Railway Minister, Lalu Prasad, has several welcome measures, said farmer leaders of the district on Tuesday.

Appreciating the Railway Minister for consistently showing profit - this year Rs.25,000 crore, S. Ranganathan, secretary of Cauvery Delta Farmers Welfare Association, said that the profit should be spent for improving facilities in the railways.

Describing the budget as a “good one,” Mr. Ranganathan said that the performance of the Union Railway Minister had been satisfactory.

Fifty per cent concession given to senior women citizens is a welcome move. Revival of railway lines from Mannargudi to Needamangalam could have been thought of.

C. Chandrakumar, trade union leader, said that the reduction in fare and freight charges made the budget a people-friendly one.

He also welcomed the concession given to senior women citizens.

It was sad that no budget allocation has been made for Ariyalur-Thanjavur line and only survey has been ordered.

The promise given by the Union Railway Minister in the last budget that a new train would be operated from Thanjavur to Chennai has not been kept up till today.

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The Federation of Service Organisations has termed the Railway Budget -2008 as “consumer friendly” and welcomed the cut in passenger fares in second class in long distance trains and reduction in upper class fares.

It has also welcomed Union Railway Minister Lalu Prasad Yadav’s announcement enhancing the senior citizen concession for women from the existing 30 per cent to 50 per cent and other proposed measures aimed at increasing passenger amenities in stations.

While expressing happiness over the announcement of new trains including Chennai to Salem via Vriddhachalam and Chennai – Tiruchi via Mayiladuthurai, its convenor M. Sekaran however said the people of central districts expected more for Tiruchi Division from the 2008 railway budget.

The long pending demand for a train to Bangalore from Tiruchi and another one from Tiruchi to Tirupathi was yet to be conceded which was disappointing, he said.

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