Clear the air
A fluid situation has been created after the presentation of the railway budget (Hapless UPA watches Didi roll back Railway Minister,IE,March 15). Since the budget is under consideration of Parliament,its outcome will be known in due course. Making confusing statements about the issue is not political prudence. There should always be clarity and transparency. People deserve to get accurate information,always.
S.C. Vaid Greater Noida
This refers to the editorial Derail Budget (IE,March 15). I welcome the moderate hike in rail fares proposed by Dinesh Trivedi. This was the need of the hour. Even the aam admi,who possesses mobile phones now,will not be much affected by the increase in general class fares. Mamata Banerjees adamant opposition to all schemes,whether FDI in retail,the NCTC,or others of national importance only indicates that shes a serious threat to the survival of the government at the Centre.
R.K. Kapoor Chandigarh
Dinesh Trivedi deserves applause for showing the courage to do the right thing by increasing railway fares. This is necessary,if we expect railways to modernise and become safer. Its a shame that Mamata Banerjee has asked for the ministers removal and a rollback of the hike.
Kudos to Dinesh Trivedi for considering the nation over petty vote-bank politics. Its pleasing to know that there are still a few such people left in Indian politics. Leaders are not worried about increase in freight charges,fuel price rise,etc,which actually affect the aam admi. More honest politicians like Trivedi are required in Indian politics to bring India back on track.
N.R. Menon Kochi
Let PM do it
Given half-a-chance,Mamata Banerjee and her party can leave the railways bankrupt with their sense of populism. Its time Banerjee were disabused of the impression that the railway ministry is her partys property. This applies equally to parties like the DMK,who gifted the country the 2G scam. UPA 2 would do well to take away the railway ministry from the Trinamools grip,and let the 2012-13 rail budget,presented by Trivedi,be pursued in Parliament directly by the PM.
The railway minister was realistic in accepting the inevitable hike in fares in the direction recommended by the Sam Pitroda Committee. It will be unfortunate if,for his political will and courage,Dinesh Trivedi is indeed removed and the fare hike rolled back. A vicious Didi masquerading as the messiah of the common man is out to get political mileage by making an honest minister a scapegoat. Our politicians need to study the economics of the Indian Railways.