"As regards the proposal for linking the railway fare with fuel price, I apprehend that this will affect the common man and expose them to vagaries of fluctuations in fuel price," Patnaik said.
The railways, he said, was a national asset and it was important to safeguard the national interest and make it progressive for the welfare of people at large.
Regarding Odisha, Patnaik said the state had requested for projects worth Rs 3160 crore.
Meanwhile, OPCC president Jaydev Jena said in a statement that Odisha's interest was totally ignored in the railway budget.
Jena said there was no effort to connect seven non-railway districts in the state and no plan for expansion of the railway network in tribal dominated districts.


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