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Mamata criticises Railway Budget

Posted on Feb 13 2014 | IBNS

Kolkata, Feb 12 : West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Wednesday criticised the Centre over its interim Railway Budget where 72 new trains were introduced and said the move 'astonished' her.

"I am astonished and perturbed to see how the Union Government, which has miserably failed to deliver their promises, has announced introduction of 72 new trains in the Railway Budget today," Banerjee said in a Facebook post.

Banerjee said the Railway Budget was misleading the people and it was against the Constitutional norms.

"In his Budget Speech, the Railway Minister mentions introduction of Railway Budget for 2014-15. It is totally misleading and a gimmick to make false promises by an outgoing government in a vote-on-account budget, where the purpose is only to seek permission of the Parliament for incurring expenditure for coming four months," she said.

"It is against the Constitutional norms and absolutely unethical," Banerjee said.

The former Railway Minister said the fresh announcements made by the Centre in the Railway Budget will become a huge burden on the new government.

"At a time when the Union Government has stopped giving funds for even 100 days' works, fresh announcements, introductions and commitments are being made, which will become a huge burden on the new government to take charge in a few months' time," Banerjee said.

"Who will implement these? Is it not a ploy to deceive the people for the interest of a single political party?" she said.

As many as 72 new trains were introduced in this year's Interim Railway Budget.

Presenting the Budget in Parliament on Wednesday, Minister of Railways Mallikarjun Kharge announced the new trains, which include 17 Premium trains, 38 Express trains, 10 Passenger trains, 4 MEMU and 3 DEMU.

Three trains will be extended and frequency of same number of trains will be increased.

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