Apart from this everyone is taking potshot at Modi's campaign slogan 'Achche Din'! Also they started criticizing that Modi has promised to bring down inflation, but with fare hike it would increase the inflation although eminent economists are of the opinion that this fare hike would have limited impact on the inflation.
But I have a
different point of view. 'Good days are coming,' what does this mean?
Does it mean that the moment Modi would be sworn in as PM, inflation
will go down, economy would be back on track, unemployment problem
would be over and everything would be set-right? Surely not, and no
sensible Indian citizen had ever expected that. Every one voted BJP
into power with a hope that condition will improve! The only mode
was delivering good and decisive governance!
Why UPA failed? It's only because of mindless soft pedalling of the decisions with populist touch that resulted in to policy paralysis! It became such a chronic disease, which can't be cured without bitter pills (strong decisions) and if required surgery (change of system)! The rail fare hike is just the start; there might be many more tough steps during general budget which might include subsidy cut, abandoning populist non-yielding programs etc!
If someone is suffering from a chronic disease, his good days only come after going through the curing process! Curing process always includes bitter pills, injections and in some cases surgery! If some doctors just give pain killer for short term relief instead of curing the disease permanently, will you term it as good days for him?
Coming back to railways fare hike, there was absolutely no hike in last 10 years! Dinesh Trivedi of TMC tried to increase some fare in Railways Budget, but it was rolled back under Mamata's pressure! In last October there was an increase in fare by Railways minister Kharge on account of fuel charge compensation! Now for last 10 years technically there was no fare hike.
Just compare the rates of
any commodity, air-fare or anything 10 years back versus present
has increased from 25% to 50% and in some cases it's 100% too. Just
compare the salaries of employees and even minimum wages! After a
pause of 10 years if 14.2% fare hike is done, why there is this hue
and cry? Railway is losing 900 crore rupees every month in passenger
sector. This condition makes railways unsustainable, thus hard
decisions have to be taken!
Similarly other sectors like defence, infrastructure, rural development and other growth oriented programs are simply in mesh! How things can be improved? Is providing populist sops which have no contribution in national growth, any solution?
Narendra Modi is no doubt a no-nonsense administrator. He knew tough steps are to be taken. He will definitely take those without coming under any pressure of opposition's hollow attacks! If surgery required, he would definitely do so irrespective of how painful it is in short term. He had already alerted public to get ready for short term pain for long term gain!
Rajnath Singh in the mean time indicated that to bring inflation down, the BJP government would take at least five months. I feel it will take minimum of one year to control the inflation, as nothing is possible over-night. All good end results require tough and uncompromising decisions, diligently working on defined principle and remain consistent in all policies!
Other politicians should also remember that people are aware of such facts. The petty politics on nation building will not be accepted by people as they are desperate for a change of the condition and for such change they are also ready to bite bitter pills. Hope Narendra Modi shouldn't be trying to soft pedal at any juncture for petty political gains.
Question is natural that whether this rail hike would have any impact on poor? Poor either don't travel or travel at best in general class. There is a very minimal change in general class. In fact even the cost of poor people's luxury items (such as Bidi, tamakhu and liquor) has doubled in last 10 years! The AC travelers are affording air travel which had been increased up to 300 per cent in last 10 years. None has ever agitated on airline's fare hike!
Folks, during UPA rule we became sick due to wrong prescription by the UPA doctors. To be cured we have to bite the bitter pills prescribed by the NDA doctors! In fact we have voted them only to take appropriate steps, irrespective of the bitterness of the step. Thus let's ignore the petty politics by the opposition!