Rail unions urges PM Manmohan Singh, say don’t roll back

Railway Minster Dinesh Trivedi’s come back in Parliament gives a headache to Railway Union as afraid of roll back the proposed fare hikes recommendation in Rail Budget 2012-13.

Covering around 14 lakh railway employees, the Railway Union wrote a letter to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to think about “industrial action” if the govt. is moved hikes fare back.

The five federations of railway unions, affiliated to Indian Trade Union Congress (INTUC) wrote, “We are expressing our deep sense of anguish for making the Railway Minister a scapegoat for… justified decision in the interest of the Railways and nation. Should our request fail to receive your sympathetic consideration, we would have no option except to resort to agitation.”

Identifying Trivedi as a “scapegoat” a man who is blamed for wrongdoing for others, they appealed not to allow roll back.

Threatening from this fact, Union also warned PM that if he do not the same, then he would be responsible for their agitation.

The biggest Union Organization, All Indian Railwaymen’s Federation (AIRF) of 1.2 million railway employees, has turned to move across the country in their agitations by adding the 800-900-odd passenger associations, if the government rolls back the fare hikes.

Their appeal turned to its second phase in three days through which they strongly dismissing Trivedi’s approach to allow “politicization of the Indian Railways”.

Signature of heads of five federations has been posted on the letter including National Federation of Indian Railwaymen, the All Indian Railwaymen’s Federation (AIRF), Federation of Railway Officers’ Association (FROA), All-India RPF Association (AIRPFA) and Indian Railway Promotee Officers’ Association (IRPOF).

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