UPA lacks vision to revive railways: Rajnath

Last Updated: Tue, Feb 26, 2013 15:06 hrs

New Delhi: BJP president Rajnath Singh Tuesday accused the UPA government of a lack of vision to revive the railways and said the common man has been forced to pay for mounting losses in the carrier.

In a statement on the railway budget, Rajnath Singh said the move to keep train fares unchanged was an "eyewash" as passenger fares had already been hiked before the budget session started.

He said the government has introduced dynamic fuel adjustment component on freight rates that will result in a five percent increase in rates.

"Any increase in freight rates is bound to push allround inflation in the country. The railway budget also proposes increase in Tatkal reservation charges and superfast charges which will be adjusted in passenger fares," he said.

Rajnath Singh said the railways suffer from the UPA's "economic disorientation and financial mismanagement", and the government had shown its lack of vision to build rail infrastructure by "significant reduction" in creating new rail track targets.

The Bharatiya Janata Party chief said Railway Minister Pawan Kumar Bansal has presented a deficit budget "without showing any signs of improvement in infrastructure or passenger amenities".

"The common man is forced to pay for mounting losses in the railways. The Rail Budget has definitely exposed the UPA government's inability and lack of vision to revive the ailing Indian Railways," he said.

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