|Mamata wins, Rail fares rolled back|
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|Written by Tushar Gajjar|
|Thursday, 22 March 2012 09:37|
New Railway Minister Mukul Roy rolled back the hike in passenger fares for the second class suburban and non-suburban, Sleeper, AC Chair Car and AC 3-tier class in Indian Railways dubbing it as a huge drain on the pockets of passengers.
This is a partial win for the Mamata Banarjee who pushed around the UPA government for reducing or removing the fare hikes introduced by the last Railway Minister Dinesh Trivedi. After presenting the hike during the Railway budget last week he had to step down from his post amidst great opposition.
However passenger fares for the increase of 15 paise per km and 30 paise per km respectively in AC 2-tier and AC-I announced by Dinesh Trivedi in the Railway Budget remains as it is without any change.
Mukul Roy, new Railway Minister, also stated in his reply that it was important to run the railways economically, more effectively and safely, and to achieve this goal close to one lakh new employees will be recruited in financial year 2012-13. He further added that all vacancies in safety areas will be filled up as soon as possible and that unmanned level crossing will be removed from all Railway zones.
The Railway Minister has also put on hold a proposal for expansion of Railway Board to have a separate department for the ticketing and fares.
Meanwhile former Railway Minister Dinesh Trivedi on Tuesday indicated that Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee knew about proposals and fare hikes in the rail budget presented by him.
However, this rollback is Railway ticket fares means a lot more than just some respite for the passengers but also that the Indian prime minister, Manmohan Singh, and his ruling party are in no position to make Trinamool Congress supremo Banerjee upset and therefore have no say in something as small as railway fare price hikes.