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Railway Budget is anti-poor: Dhumal
B K Upmanyu | 15 Mar 2012

Prem Kumar Dhumal, Chief Minister of Himachal Pardesh termed the Railway Budget presented by Dinesh Trivedi, Union Railways Minister in the Parliament today as anti people and anti-poor. He said that the increase in the railway fares would hit every section and worst affected would be poor people of the country.

Prem Kumar Dhumal, Chief Minister of Himachal Pardesh termed the Railway Budget presented by Dinesh Trivedi, Union Railways Minister in the Parliament today as anti people and anti-poor. He said that the increase in the railway fares would hit every section and worst affected would be poor people of the country.

Dhumal said that Railways Minister had also hinted at the increase in freight charges, which would adversely affect all sections of the society already struggling to make  both ends meet in the view of rising prices. He said that Railways Minister had astutely mentioned the hike in rail fare in paise, which was no more but play of words by the Minister but the countrymen couldn't be befooled any more.

Chief Minister said that UPA had no moral right to voice the concerns of common man as its policies and programmes had always been directed towards benefitting the rich section of the society. Prof. Dhumal said that interests of Himachal Pradesh had been once again overlooked in the Railways Budget. He said that inspite of the fact that the State  had been pressing the demand for construction of Mandi-Manali, Leh-Ladakh rail line for the last so many years, in view of its strategic importance, but the Centre had been indifferent to the same. He said that a survey of this railway line had already been done but still the Central Government had not paid any heed in strengthening the railway network in the State. He said that this amply speaks of the indifferent approach and attitude of the UPA Government towards BJP ruled States.

Prof. Dhumal said that it was unfortunate that Himachal Pradesh had not been given its fair share even in the proposal to construct 45 new railway lines of 700 km length in the country in 2012-13. He reiterated that the State had  once again been given a step-motherly treatment as only 44 kms long rail line had been constructed in the State since Independence.

Chief Minister said that there was a proposal to upgrade 750 km double gauge and 800 km long narrow gauge railway line in the country in    2012-13 but State had also been ignored in this.

 Dhumal thanked the Union Railway Minister for his announcement to extend Delhi-Una Himachal Express to Amb- Andoura and Nangal Dam Una Himachal Passenger to Amb—Andoura. He said that the proposal for sending Planning Commission appraisal about Baddi-Kalka, Bilaspur-Leh via Kullu-Manali, Ghanauli-Baddi, Ghanauli-Dehradun via Baddi-Nalagarh Jagadhari-Surajpur, Kala Amb-Poanta Sahib railway lines was only a political stunt as UPA Government had been doing it earlier also.

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