NDA Government Had 'Guts' to Implement Rail Fare Hike: Gowda

Facing attack over recent hike in rail fare and freight, Indian Railway Minister D V Sadananda Gowda on Wednesday said the NDA government had the \"guts\" to implement the proposal over which the UPA had developed cold feet.

Published: 09th July 2014 08:48 PM  |   Last Updated: 09th July 2014 08:53 PM   |  A+A-

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By PTI

NEW DELHI: Facing attack over recent hike in rail fare and freight, Indian Railway Minister D V Sadananda Gowda on Wednesday said the NDA government had the "guts" to implement the proposal over which the UPA had developed cold feet.

"We had the guts to implement it (rail fare hike)... You (Congress) did not have the guts to implement it," Gowda said.

He was countering Congress attack on the ruling front for hiking rail fare during the discussion on price rise in the Lok Sabha.

Recently, Railways effected a 14.2 per cent hike in passenger fares along with a 6.5 per cent raise in freight charges, which drew criticism from various quarters.

Justifying the decision, the government has maintained that the proposal was actually made by the previous UPA dispensation and it was "forced" to implement it because of bad financial condition of the Railways.

The hike was originally announced during UPA tenure on May 16, the day when the results of the Lok Sabha elections came in. It was, however, withdrawn by the evening that day and the decision was left to the next government.

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