Narendra Modi govt orders rail fare hike, passenger rates soar 14.2%, freight 6.5%; Nitish, Lalu flay move

Jun 24 2014, 13:38 IST
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Railway minister Sadananda Gowda had said the decision on rail fare hike would come before the upcoming Budget session. Railway minister Sadananda Gowda had said the decision on rail fare hike would come before the upcoming Budget session.
SummaryNarendra Modi govt had prepared public for weeks about impending rail fare hike to reduce backlash.

Modi Govt for announcing rail hike before budget

Former Railway Minister and JD(U) leader Nitish Kumar today criticised Narendra Modi government for promoting a "bad tradition" of announcing hike in Railway fare and freight before presentation of Railway budget in Parliament.

"They are promising the country that 'Achye deen aa gaye hain' (good days have come) and promoting bad tradition," Kumar told reporters.

His reaction came in the wake of Narendra Modi government increasing railway passenger fare by 14.2 per cent in all classes and freight by 6.5 per cent with effect from today.

Kumar, who served as Railway minister in the NDA government of Atal Bihari Vajpayee, said, "I presented five Railway budget and always followed tradition of announcing roadmap of railway including proposal for increasing fare and freight in Parliament through budget."

"When UPA government in the recent past had announced increase in Railway fare and freight before presentation of Railway budget it was the same BJP which had made hue and cry....Now they are doing the same and promoting a bad tradition," he said, taking a potshots at BJP-led government at the Centre.

Kumar described 14.2 per cent hike in fare and 6.5 per cent in freight as a "big increase" which he said would further lift prices of essential commodities.

Lalu slams Modi government for rail fare salvo on common man

Former railway minister and RJD Chief Lalu Prasad today slammed the Narendra Modi government for announcing "big" hike in rail fare and freight, which he described as the "first salvo on common man".

"The BJP befooled people in the general election by promising Achee din...they have fired the first salvo from toop (tank) on common man's chest by announcing big increase in rail fare and freight," Prasad told reporters.

Prasad, who served as railway minister in UPA I and earned praise by not raising fare for five years during his tenure and generating surplus for the Railway, said the BJP government showed its "real character" by announcing the hike within days of coming to power.

"I do not remember any government in the past had announced such a big increase in Railway fare and freight in one go," Prasad said reacting on the 14.2 per cent increase in fare across all classes and hike in freight charge by 6.5 per cent with effect from today.

Prasad took credit for decreasing the rail fare every year during his tenure as minister in the

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