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"Remarkable" rail budget: Congress

india Updated: Feb 13, 2009 22:29 IST

Congress on Friday described the Railway budget as “remarkable” saying it was a commendable performance as no increase in passenger fare has taken place in all the six Railway budgets presented by the UPA government.

“It is remarkable that in 6 years, no increase in passenger fare has taken place...It is a commendable performance,” party spokesman Abhishek Singhvi told reporters in New Delhi.

Singhvi said the “feat” of the Railway Ministry is unparalleled anywhere in the world and was comparable only to some countries where Railways was being run in the private sector.

Doling out statistics on earnings from freight and passenger fare, Singhvi said “we are entitled to be self congratulatory without being complacent”.

“It is not merely a flash in the pan...We have maintained the parameters over a long period of time,” the spokesman said, adding the sector which was known for inefficiency and strikes has now become a sector which is “uncomparable”.

Union Ministers Jyotiraditya Scindia and Kapil Sibal too praised the rail budget describing it as “progressive and aimed at providing better services to the people at lower cost.”