The Narendra Modi-led government's first bitter pill was to announce a hike in railway fares by 14.2 per cent on June 20. Although there was a partial rollback, this suddenly made the middle class realise that achhe din weren't coming so soon.
In defence of the government, it has to run enterprises which have to at least break even. Otherwise, the quality of services will continue to stagnate.
Government services, whether it is Railways or other departments, continue to be bad.
Just take a look at the toilets in the trains or even at stations. They are both outdated and full of stench.
And we are not even talking of railway tracks, which in many states are in a dismal condition.
But while criticising a government which cannot provide something as basic as a clean toilet is right, reluctance to pay a higher price for a train journey will always keep the Railways in a critical situation.
Text: Joydeep Ghosh, Business Standard
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