No proposal to form committee for fixing train fares: Minister

Passengers will have to pay high fares during festivals as the Government has no plans to constitute any committee to decide train fares in the country, Railways Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw said on Friday.

Based on inputs received from various channels, passenger fare rationalisation is an ongoing and continuous process, he said in a written reply in the /" class="">Rajya Sabha on Friday.

“At present, no proposal to form a tariff committee for fixing railway fare is under consideration,” the minister said in response to a question from DMK MP P Wilson.

Vaishnaw said the Railways gave a subsidy of Rs 59,837 crore on passenger tickets in 2019-20 to provide affordable services to all strata of society and Railway “This amounts to a concession of 53% on an average, to every person travelling on Railways.”

The subsidy, the Railway Minister said, is continuing for all passengers.

Festive offer

Wilson asked “whether the Government is aware of the concerns raised by passengers with regards to 300 percent increase in base fare during festivals” and “whether the Government is planning to form tariff committee for fixing railway fare”.