Thursday, January 28, 2010

Court questions rail surcharge on Kumbh pilgrims

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    • 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 any discrimination on religious lines,' the board's counsel Ashok Pandey said.

    • 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.'
    • The Court has fixed Feb 3 for the next hearing.

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