I have pulled Railways out of ICU: Trivedi

I have pulled Railways out of ICU: Trivedi

Last Updated: Thursday, March 15, 2012, 10:23
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I have pulled Railways out of ICU: Trivedi Zeebiz Bureau

New Delhi: After presenting his maiden Rail Budget on Wednesday, Railway Minister Dinesh Trivedi told a customary press conference that the decision to hike passenger fares was imperative.

“The Railways was in big mess. I have pulled it out of ICU,” Trivedi said.

He said that it is high time that steps are taken for incremental growth of the Railways.

The minister said that the decision of hiking passenger fares was his own and he takes “full responsibility” for this.

Trivedi justified the hike in the passenger fares by saying that revenue was needed to upgrade the safety of the Railways.

He said, “Rail safety had given me sleepless nights. You can’t have the best of all the things at one go”.

On the question of passenger fare hike, the Railway Minister said that it was an economic decision and not political.

He said “I believe in myself. There is no question of rollback of hike in passenger fares.”

However, with his party, the Trinamool Congress reacting strongly to hike in passenger fares, Trivedi said, “I didn’t consult Mamata (Banerjee) on the issue of Rail Budget.”

With speculation rife that West Bengal Chief Minister and Trinamool Congress president Mamata Banerjee might ask Trivedi to resign, the minister said, “Bhagat Singh lost his life; I don’t mind losing my job.”

First Published: Wednesday, March 14, 2012, 15:58
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intelligent creature like ant stores food in unseason for their future |||||(like that mr trivedi did a right thing for future bubget)
suresh - hyderabad
Bold move by Mr.trivedi by increasing fare charges..futuristic budget..implemention is the key now..
Anurag roshan - New delhi
So justice is done to the railway minister and his budget by a lady who is equivalent to 100 men SALUTE TO MAMTA ....reminded me of INDIRA THE GREAT ..................
Dr Ankush Bhargav - KATHUA J&k
We should support fair hike. We should not make Indian Railways fail. The fair hike is very reasonable (i.e. 2 paise/km to 30 paise/km). For 350KM travel, this translates to Rs.7 for ordinary second class to Rs.105 for AC first class.
siva - Vskp
Very Well done by Rail Minister. Before it becomes sick department, it is important to increase the Rail Tariff. Rahul Gandhi and all entire Politicians should learn from this. People will understand and support such a bold Rail Minister.
Punit Godawat - Jaipur
mr.trivedi your budget is according to need of railway but against the mamta didi
Ranjeet kumar pathak - noida
Thanks Mr.Trivedi for your justified rail budget.
Ranjeet kumar pathak - noida
Positive thinking ,public first than party.
Suresh Bhatt - Sunnyvale CA
Mr. Prime Minister, Please learn something from Mr Dinesh Trivedi and act whatever good for India. don`t try to make happy Soniaji and Rahulji
Abhijit - Chennai
who has sent the railways in critical stage in I.C.U.
suman - noida
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