AIADMK General Secretary Jayalitha on Friday termed the interim Railway Budget for the year 2009-2010 presented by Railway Minister in the Parliament as a "populist" one keeping an eye on the coming Lok Sabha polls.
"While proclaiming that the Indian Railways has generated Rs 90,000 crores in the last five years and has made a big turnaround, it is really disappointing to note that no sincere effort has been made to transfer the benefit of the achievements to downtrodden and weaker sections of the society," she said in a statement in Chennai.
The former chief minister said that the Railways had failed to make an impressive plan outlay for the fiscal 2009-2010 even after the higher growth rate.
"Considering the huge profit made by the Indian Railways and taking into account the cut in diesel prices, the fare cuts announced are only marginal," she said adding, "on the whole, the plight of common man remains what it has always been".
Jaya said it was "disappointing" to note that the freight rate would remain unchanged. "Even with the so called surplus funds available with the Railways, the much needed passenger safety has been wholly ignored", she said.