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Mamata 'concerned' at price rise, demands control measures

india Updated: Jul 26, 2009 19:30 IST

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Expressing concern over rise in prices of essential commodities, Railway Minister Mamata Banerjee on Sunday asked authorities to take steps to contain the trend.

"The price of arhar is Rs 90 per kg and the price of green chillies is Rs 100 per kg. I am concerned at the price rise. I think the authorities should look into this," the Trinamool Congress chief said, without fixing responsibility on anyone while inaugurating a passenger reservation system (PRS) at New Alipur station in the city.

On the current employment trends "which do not guarantee job security", she said, "Earlier, a government employee could work upto the age of 60 years. Now, the younger generation are working in an environment where there is no guarantee that their jobs will remain secure tomorrow."

Banerjee said that in a situation where life was becoming more difficult for the common people, the Railways were decentralising its facilities for their benefit.

Stating that 100 new PRS would be set up countrywide, she said divisional railway managers have been asked not to delay implementation of projects in their respective areas.

Three 'Duranta' class trains, announced by her in the Railway budget, would be introduced from August, she said. These would run between Delhi and Pune, Mumbai and Howrah and Sealdah and Delhi.

"These will be faster than Rajdhani Express trains and the fare will also be cheaper," she said.