He also said that he was not impressed by the decision to not raise passenger fares. "With the decline in international oil prices, they should have actually lowered the train fare...no increase in fare could serve the purpose of breaking news, but it's not a big deal in view of falling international oil prices," Kumar, a former Railway Minister during Prime Minister AB Vajpayee's term, told reporters.
Kumar said that there were no concrete proposals for enhancing safety or to check delayed running of trains. "Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu is a personal friend. My good wishes are with him but there is nothing in the Railway Budget to cheer about," Kumar, a senior leader of the JD(U), said.

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