Rail fare hike, another blow from UPA Govt: CPI (M)

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SRINAGAR: Slamming the central government for the hike in passenger rail fares, the CPI (M) State Secretary Mohammad Yousuf Tarigami has said this anti people decision is bound to further hit the common man already reeling under price rise and inflation.

In a statement issued here today, Tarigami has expressed concern over the contemptuous railway fare hike decision saying the Railway Ministry has shown utter disregard to the sanctity of the Parliament by announcing the fare hike just a month before the Railway Budget is to be placed before the august House. “Instead of this anti people decision, railways should have adopted other means to meet its revenue demands,” the CPI (M) leader observed.

He added that one fails to understand that when will the present dispensation in Delhi say no to its anti people policies. “Under the present union government, essential commodities have gone out of reach for the people. By raising price of diesel, cooking gas and now rail fare, UPA government has crossed the limits,” the CPI (M) state secretary remarked.

Demanding immediate rollback of railway fare, the CPI (M) leader has said the hike will have a cascading effect on people, already burdened with price rise.

On decisions presently under consideration of central government regarding hike in LPG, diesel prices, the CPI (M) leader stated that diesel is the main fuel for transportation and farming sectors and any increase in the fuel’s price has a cascading effect on the cost of daily living. He said the proposals of oil ministry that there should be Rs 3-4.50 hike per litre diesel, is strongly condemnable.

“Similarly, the proposed hike of LPG cylinder currently under consideration of the government is unwarranted. The government might be citing ballooning deficits and rising debts behind its anti people decisions but fact of the matter is that these explanations are not convincing enough for the people who have a challenge of running a household on an ever-tightening budget,” Tarigami remarked.

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