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Indian railway passengers got a major relief yesterday with Railway Minister Mukul Roy announcing rollback of passenger fare hike except for luxury classes.

While replying to the railway budget presented by his predecessor Dinesh Trivedi last week, Roy said his ministry was withdrawing the increase in fares in the sleeper, suburban, ordinary second class, AC Chair Car and AC 3-tier classes. The hikes in AC 2-tier, First Class and AC First Class, however, will remain unchanged.

"The proposal to increase fares will impact the aam admi (common man). I intend to give relief by not increasing fares in any of these classes -- sleeper, suburban, AC chair car and AC 3-tier," Roy announced in the Lok Sabha. The rollback was expected after the Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee forced party colleague Trivedi to step down for increasing fares. Roy replaced Trivedi as the new railway minister on Tuesday.

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Date:Mar 23, 2012
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