The Prime Minister Narendra Modi led central government has announced the implementation of the rise in the railway fares as well as Liquified Petroleum Gas (LPG) w.e.f. January 1, 2020. The railway fare has been increased by 1 Paisa/KM in the ordinary Non-Air Conditioned (N-AC) classes while 2 Paise/KM in the mail/express N-AC classes.
The railway fare has also been increased by 4 Paise/KM for the AC classes while keeping the fares of the local suburban as well as season tickets intact. Additionally, the government has also increased the price of the household LPG effective Jan 1, 2020. Thus, the price of the non-subsidised LPG has been revised with an increase of Rs. 19 per cylinder.
In order to expand passenger amenities and facilities at Railway stations and in trains, it has become imperative to increase the train fare marginally without over burdening any class of passengers. Fast modernization of Indian Railway will be achieved through this fare revision pic.twitter.com/OXBEq0PSdl
— Ministry of Railways (@RailMinIndia) December 31, 2019
The United Progressive Alliance (UPA) comprised Congress party took a dig at the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government for welcoming the new year in this manner for the common men. The Congress party leader and spokesperson, Sushmita Dev, reproached the BJP government for this move on the first day of the new year.
“The new year has begun today but we are disappointed that on this occasion, the government has hurt the common people by raising the fares of railway tickets and prices of LPG cylinders. Doesn’t the government see the pain of common people,” asked Dev while recalling the grievances of those affected by this price hike move.
Dev along with other Congress party leaders expressed their resentment for the price hike. Dev said that if we consider the price hike minimalistic, there are other issues like weakening of nation’s economy, unemployment, inflation, etc. which are affecting the poor people adversely.
“If you think about it, the hike of one paisa sounds small, but add to that the state economy, rise in unemployment, fall in rural consumption, where even dal (pulses) and normal cooking oil is unaffordable, how is the common man going to enter 2020 with all these issues,” said the Congress spokesperson. She concluded by saying “injustice has been done towards the poor people,”.
The Congress party is on the forefront in opposing the BJP government for their price hike move at this “economically weak” situation in the country. The Union finance ministry is making their efforts in taking help from the other government undertakings to stabilise the economy. However, the effect of such steps isn’t reflecting on the country’s economy. The price hike is speculated to be one of these steps to cope up with the financial burden.