The increase passenger fare and freight charges
will have a cascading effect and drive the economy into an inflationary spiral,
Niranjan alleged reminding that a further rise in prices of Petrol and Diesel
cannot be ruled out because of the growing uncertainties in the entire Middle
East and particularly Iraq.
BJP had promised to the people of India during
election campaigning that they would rein in inflation. But, as they secured the
mandate of the people, they talk about ‘bitter pill.’
In the past, all such economic decisions by the
UPA Government were termed ‘anti-people.’ Now they have become ‘necessities for
a stronger economy’. People of India have been cheated by supposedly an honest
The Railways have not been incurring any
operational loss and therefore the central Government should have waited for the
regular budget to find funds for ongoing railway projects. The UPA Government
had already allowed infusion of additional funds into the railways by allowing
investment by the private sector on PPP (public private participation) mode in
dedicated freight corridor though the response was not encouraging.
The former PCC President also criticised the
Odisha government for its subdued criticism of the Central Government in regard
to such decisions and said, “After parading his MPs before the Delhi durbar and
promising constructive support, Naveen Babu is in no position to speak strongly
against the Central Government.”
“In fact, why was he parading his MPs when other
CMs like Jaylalitha met the PM in a dignified official way? What was he trying
to prove by parading his MPs before the PM?” – questioned Niranjan.
The Odisha Government has lost touch with the
people and it too raised excise duties on Petroleum products. This means that
people of Odisha are going to pay more than people of other states. It will
affect ordinary people like motor cycle owners. The consequent rise in Bus fare
is certainly going to affect many more including the poor daily wage earners.
The State Governments economic managers should have been cognizant of the high
food inflation and possibilities of increase in Petroleum prices because of the
Iraq situation, Niranjan said.
“The decision of the state Government is
ill-timed, unjustified and avoidable. The problem is that BJD is clue less about
economic growth and finds no way of augmenting revenue collection and, so, has
passed on the burden to the common man to fund populist sops that can win votes.
Why has the growth rate dipped and why has the revenue collection been poor
except poor management of the state’s economy?” – Niranjan questioned again.
immediate roll back of the rise in passenger rail fare by the central government
and the increase in excise duties on petroleum products by the Odisha
government, the former minister said that the parties ruling at the centre and
the state of Odisha are acting to add to the woes of people.