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Thursday, January 28, 2010

Court questions rail surcharge on Kumbh pilgrims

Lucknow, Jan 28 : Citing the subsidy given to Haj pilgrims, a recently floated Hindu Personal Law Board has moved the Allahabad High Court seeking its intervention in getting free rail passes for poor pilgrims and a 50 percent concession to all others going to attend the Maha Kumbh Mela that is on in Haridwar now.

"The present policy of the government is discriminatory and in violation of the provisions of the Indian Constitution which disallows anydiscrimination on religious lines," the board's counsel Ashok Pandey said.

A division bench of the court here directed the railwayadministration to submit the circular whereby the surcharge was being levied by the Indian Railways on pilgrims travelling to Haridwar for the Maha Kumbh Mela.

According to the pubic interest litigation (PIL) moved Wednesday: "The railway administration are charging a surcharge ranging from Rs.3 to Rs.15 per ticket from every rail traveller going to Haridwar during the Kumbh Mela period."

Board secretary V.L. Misra told reporters here Thursday: "Since the local railway administration refused to provide us a copy of the circular, we urged the honourable court to direct them to submit a copy directly to the court."

The Court has fixed Feb 3 for the next hearing.



सुनील दत्त said...

तरूण जी ये समाचार हमारे तक पहुंचाने के लिए आपका धन्याबाद।उस महान हिन्दु को भी धन्याबाद जिसने Hindu persona law board बनाकर एक नेक शुरूआत की है। अब हमें जरूरत है एक मन्दिर प्रबन्धक कमेटी की जो सारे मन्दिरों का रखरखाब अपने हाथ में लेकर मन्दिरों को हिन्दूबविरोधी सरकारों के नियन्त्रण से मुक्त करवाकर मन्दिरों में चड़ने बाले दान को हिन्दूहित से जुड़े कामों पर खर्च कर हिन्दूओं के आत्मसम्मान को बहाल करे।

the ethical man said...

this new sur charge is surely coming from E Ahmed's policy..of taxing the masses.. ahmed should be watched for his actions..

Abhishek Tripathi said...

An out of context comment. Today I read an article "Daffodils in face of bullets" in Times of India. There is one place in kanpur too, Vatsalya Mandir, can you please share the contact address? I am from Kanpur, and might want to contribute through this platform.