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Protests against proposed rail fare hike

Cash-strapped railways on Friday effected a steep across-the-board hike of 14.2 per cent in passenger fares in all classes.

Youth Congress activists shout slogans during a protest against proposed rail fare hike, in New Delhi on Saturday. (Source: PTI)

Samajwadi Party workers block a train in protest against hike in railway fares, in Allahabad on Saturday. (source: PTI)

Samajwadi Party workers block a train in protest against hike in railway fares, in Allahabad on Saturday. (Source: PTI)

CPI workers stop a Rajdhani Express train during a protest against railway fares, in Bhubaneswar on Saturday. (Source: PTI)

In a pre-budget move, cash-strapped railways on Friday effected a steep across-the-board hike of 14.2 per cent in passenger fares in all classes and a 6.5 per cent increase in freight rates to garner Rs 8000 crore a year.
A man sits at the gate of a coach of a moving train in New Delhi. (Source: AP)

The decision, which will come into effect from June 25, marks implementation of an announcement of May 16, the day Lok Sabha election results came, when the hike was announced but put on hold immediately.
People wait for their train at a railway station in New Delhi. (Source: AP)

In a flip-flop, the Ministry first announced that the hike will be implemented with immediate effect but later changed it to June (rpt) June 25, saying the officials needed time to execute it.
People watch from the window of a train as it prepares to leave the railway platform in New Delhi. (Source: AP)

Announcing the decision, less than a month after the NDA government took over, Railway Minister Sadanand Gowda said, "I was forced to implement the order that was done by my predecessor. I am only withdrawing the withholding order."
An elderly man sits on a railway track in New Delhi. (Source: AP)

Railway Minister said the interim budget presented by the previous government had assumed certain revenues on the basis of the proposed hike that was announced on May 16.
People cross a railway track in New Delhi. (Source: AP)