New Delhi: Union Railways Minister Dinesh Trivedi on Tuesday hinted at increasing fares yet again. He has also sought public opinion in this regard in a bid to ease the wounds of people who are already upset over rising inflation.

Speaking at a seminar of PHD Chamber of Commerce, Trivedi said that it has become indispensible to increase fares but a discussion is required in this matter.

Trivedi said that he was in favour of discussion on the matter.

He also hinted that suggestions from an expert committee will also be posted on the website. “Several opinions have been received. Apart from linking this hike to diesel prices, suggestions have been received for increasing rates area-wise,” Trivedi added.

Replying to a question on fare hike for air-condition class, he said that it would not make any difference as 91 percent of the passengers travel in non air-conditioned class.

He also urged for a complete review of railway fare structure.

Trivedi also expressed his concern over vacant posts of general managers in the Railways. He blamed the Cabinet’s Appointment Committee for the delay in filling vacancies.

“There is a crunch of general managers in the Railways and the ministry has to face the music if any untoward incident is reported.

But, due to non- clearance from the concerned committee, appointment of around one dozen general managers is in limbo,” he added.

Trivedi said that the present system of appointment is faulty and needs radical changes.

JPN/Bureau