New Delhi :The central government on Friday raised the railway passenger fares by 14.2 percent in all classes and freight charges by 6.5 percent. The new passenger fares and freight rates will come into effect from June 25.
The previous government had decided to hike fares from May 20, but its implementation was stayed because the announcement was made on the same day as declaration of election results.
Meanwhile, Union Minister of State for Railways Manoj Sinha on Saturday said that ‘the hike decision was necessary for the Railways, which was incurring huge losses and said the decision had been taken by the previous UPA regime as part of interim rail budget’.
SP workers also held protests in Varanasi, Lucknow and Allahabad. They got on to the tracks in Allahabad, raising flags and slogans and even halted a train. Police personnel had to rush to the spot to curtail the protests.
Both the SP and the BJP are fighting at the back front for multiple reasons. The BJP is being accused by the SP for having adopted inflation tactics.
In Kanpur, Congress workers held placards, shouted slogans and burnt Union Railway Minister’s effigy demanding an immediate rollback in the fares.
“They promised to curb inflation but ever since they have come to power, everything has become more expensive,” Arvinder Singh Lovely said’. They asked for votes on the promise of bringing down prices. But now that they are in power, they have failed to prove themselves. Is this why people voted for them,”Arvinder Singh added.
“The Railway minister has taken a difficult but a correct decision,” says Jaitley. “India must decide whether it wants a world class Railway or a ram shackled one. By withdrawing the countermanding order, the present Railway Minister has taken a challenging decision,” he added.
Finance Minister Arun Jaitley here today defended Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) for increasing railway price.
Earlier today protests were held across the country demanding reduction in rail price.