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Jun 15, 2009

CCC's appeal to railway minster !!


The Coimbatore Consumer Cause (CCC) has requested the Railway Minister, Mamata Banerjee, to ensure transparency in the railway budget by removing all hidden charges.

In a memorandum, K. Kathirmathiyon, Secretary of CCC pointed out that during the last four-and-a-half years, the then Railway Minister presented the budget ‘without fare increase,’ but collected additional fares by indirect methods through railway board circulars bypassing Parliament. The Parliamentary Committee on Railways had also criticised the railways for adopting such deceptive practices.

The railways had ‘legalised’ the black-marketing of tickets in reservation in the name of Tatkal.The railways also do not have any norms regarding the facilities, speed, minimum distance, number of stoppages etc. for Express and Super fast trains. Hence, nearly 200 trains were renamed as “super fasts” just to collect additional fares. “We observe that nearly Rs 4,500 crore per year was collected under this category every year.” The day time trains should have only chair car coaches and using sleeper class coaches just to collect sleeper class charges should be stopped.

Similarly, last time after the Railway Minister announced that there was no increase in the freight charges, people were compelled to pay more for the same service and the railways claimed it as dynamic pricing policy/rationalization etc.

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