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Govt rolls back proposed rail fare hike, barring AC I and II

Bowing to strong pressure from all quarters, the central government today announced in the Lok Sabha a rollback of all hikes in passenger fares, except AC First and AC Second, proposed in the railway budget for 2012-13.

chandigarh Updated: Mar 22, 2012 13:20 IST

Bowing to strong pressure from all quarters, the central government today announced in the Lok Sabha a rollback of all hikes in passenger fares, except AC First and AC Second, proposed in the railway budget for 2012-13.

Replying to the discussion on the railway budget, newly installed Railway Minister Mukul Roy said the increase in the general classes was being withdrawn as it was going to burden the common man.

He said that the hike in AC-III and AC chair car was also being rolled back keeping in view the fact that these classes were now being used by a large number of passengers from the middle class.

The minister also reversed a few more proposals of his predecessor Dinesh Trivedi who was forced by his party UPA ally Trinamool Congress to step down a few days after presenting the railway budget on March 14, ostensibly on the ground that he had introduced fare hike against party wishes.