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March 15th, 2012
CM J Jayalalithaa’s opinion on Railway Budget – in nut shell

In a press release issued by CM J Jayalalithaa about the Railway Budget, in a nut shell she feels that the Union Railway Budget for 2012-2013 presented in Parliament by Thiru Dinesh Trivedi, Union Railway Minister, lacks direction and has not attempted to provide any solution to the problems daunting the leviathan of Indian Railways.
The rail freight has been increased in a most undemocratic way just days before Parliament met for its Budget Session. Though the steep
increase in freight rates averaging about 25% would garner about Rs. 20,000 crores in a year, this would have a severe adverse impact on
the prices of essential commodities and thus pave the way for higher inflation. Already there are reports that Cement Manufacturers have
passed on this freight increase to the consumers.
It is disappointing to note that there has been no announcement of a dedicated freight corridor in the Southern Sector originating in Chennai.
When the scheme was announced as far back as in 2006 itself in the Eastern and Western Sectors, the Southern Sector should also have been 3
included at that time itself, considering the importance of Tamil Nadu as a Manufacturing Hub.
In fine, the Railway Budget is a great disappointment to the common people of India. While only speaking of laudable objectives, there
are no clear cut plans for implementing the same.