Rly. Budget most disappointing: YSRCP

February 26: YSR Congress has slammed the Rail budget, terming it as anti-poor,
disappointing and ignoring the State interests and criticised the lack of
mechanism to track the promises made and to gauge the performance of the

relevance of budget has been reduced drastically with fares being increased
ahead of the budget and the announcements not being vouched for, due to lack of
appraisal on promises versus performance,” the party leaders DR Somayajulu and
Janak Prasad told reporters here on Tuesday.

the State has sent maximum number of MPs to parliament and the budget was
presented by a Congress minister for the first time in recent past, Andhra Pradesh
got a raw deal in terms of new lines and new projects, they said.

only in getting new lines and projects but the State lost out even in upgrading
of existing facilities and a major factory was diverted to Haryana, from where
the Railway Minister hails, while Kurnool, represented by junior minister Kotal
Suryaprakash Reddy, was given small crumbs, they said.  

when UPA partners were Railway ministers, they took care of their region very
well and now the Congress ruled State was not accorded the same measure of
benefit, they said adding that the promise of new lines and projects are only
for announcement sake as the ministry has neither the will nor the funds to
undertake them in the ensuing year.

back in 1991, a coach factory was allotted to State and it was supposed to come
up at Khazipet and there is no movement even today. With the lack of mechanism
to reconcile between promises and performances the exercise of presenting
railway budget is reduced to mere rhetoric, they said.

projects announced in the budget should be time-bound to have more sanctity.

the fares were already increased in January to nett Rs 6,000 crores the
relevance of budget is lost unlike in early days when fares would be increased
only while presenting budget. The only point of interest is about the new lines
and projects and the Centre has little or no funds to honour these commitments,
they said.

should be running on service orientation and not on commercial proportions and
there is no forum to verify whether the promise of new lines and projects are
kept. The fares are hiked through backdoor and the budget is disappointing,”
they said.

promises cannot be kept since 33 per cent of the Central revenue will be going
towards interest. The Centre should try to improve its performance as the
revenue, trade and current account deficits will have a telling affect on
railways with the hike in freight charges.

scam has brought production to stagnation and we are now importing coal, despite
being in the top ten coal producing countries of the world, they said.

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