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Congress backs hike in passenger fares

New Delhi: Congress on Wednesday backed the hike in rail fares in the railway budget saying it was "very minor" and necessary in view of the increase in fuel prices.

"As far as the fares are concerned, they were not raised for a long time. The hike is very minor in view of the rise in fuel prices," Congress chief whip Girija Vyas told reporters here.

The fares will not have much impact on the common man, she said.

She hailed the first Railway Budget presented by Railway Minister Dinesh Trivedi as a "very good budget" which has "something for everybody".

Vyas said the budget was good as it particularly made safety and security as its foundation.

"One positive feature of the budget is that there are provisions for safety and security of the railways," she said.

PMO praises 'forward looking' rail budget

The rail budget was "forward looking" with an emphasis on safety as well as modernisation, the Prime Minister's Office (PMO) said on Wednesday.

"The Railway Minister has presented a forward looking Budget with emphasis on safety and modernisation of the Indian Railways," PMO said on Twitter. "The Budget for 2012-13 has been formulated against the background of railways' responsibilities in meeting the demands of the 12th Plan," it added.

(Agencies)

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