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Monday, February 25, 2008

Lalu Prasad Yadav presents railway budget in parliament (Updates)

Union Railway Minister lalu Prasad Yadav presented the railway budget for the year 2008-09 in parliament house today ie 26/2/2008 dressed in traditional Lalu style attire he looked cool and composed in his own way. He made common man happy once again as the railway budget consisted of no price hikes in any of the fares rather there were even more trains proposed this year.

It can be noted down that since Lalu Prasad became Railway minister there has been complete turn around in the fortunes of indian railways as once railways were a burden on government as it was running in huge losses from last 5-6 decades but after Lalu taking oath as the railway minister some 3 years back it has been in profit since then and that too in tune of INR 20000 crores which is a whopping amount atlast Lalu can be proud of his great achievement.

In the railway budget for year 2008-09 sops were given for students, senior citizens and common man as there was no rise in the fares and other taxes of the railways. However their is still enough slack in Indian railways that can be exploited to increase revenue without increasing the fares and taxes. Cash surplus projections of the railway budget 2008-09 stand at Rs 21578 crores. Hats off to Mr Lalu.!

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