Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Mamata Banerjee presents Railway Budget 2010

The railway budget for the next fiscal is scheduled to be presented by the Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee at noon in the Lok Sabha.

With an investment of Rs 14,000 cr estimated in the Vision 2020 document for the next 10 years, the Railways will have to think out of the box in getting the funds needed to sustain the growth and the future demands.

Railway Budget gives emphasis to “social responsibility” and it's said as the ‘aam admi Railway Budget’.

Key highlights
  • Its aim to Introduce ‘janata ahaar’
  • Other suggestions regarding food being looked into 
  • To provide cheap bottled water to passengers, Six bottling plants for clean drinking water through PPP model 
  • Safety and security a priority 
  • 14 lakh employees in Indian Railways 
  • Special drive for passenger amenities and cleanliness
  • Freight rates cut for foodgrains
  • 101 hospitals to be built on Railway land  
  • E-ticket based mobile van to provide reservation at important places like hospitals, court, IT centres 
  • Introduce green toilets in at least 10 trains 
  • Special Task Force To Be Set Up To Clear Investment Proposals Within 100 Days 
  • Railway Culture Heritage Board will be et up 
  • Railways  Will Not Be Privatized  
  • 1000 News Lines Of  kilometres In One Year:
  • National Health Insurance to be extended to Railway porters
  • Women's Wing To Be Formed In RPF To Ensure Security Of Women 
  • Railways Will Provide Houses To All Its Employees In The Next 10 Years In Collaboration With Urban Development Ministry
  • 54 new trains in 2011 
  • Educational institutions will be set up on Railway land
  • Rs 1302 crore will be spent on passenger amenities 
  • English, Hindi, Urdu and local languages to be used for railway exams 
  • Examination fee to be waived for poor, minority, SC/ST and women candidates
  • Concession for madrassa students, artists and journalists
  • Ex-servicemen to be inducted in RPF 
  • More companies of women RPF personal - to be called as ‘mahila vahini’ 
  • PPP model for multi-layer parking 
  • ‘Rashtriya swasthya bima yojna’ to be extended to porters and vendors 
  • New housing scheme for railway employees 
  • Employment to one member of the land losing family 
  • Railways to be eco-friendly
  • Cheaper food, drinking water for all passengers
  • India's religious, spiritual, pilgrimage hotspots to be connected with 'Bharat Teertha' trains
  • Special benefits to help Cancer patients. Free tickets to AC3 and sleeper class, 75 percent concession for companion 
  • Bharat Tirth train to mark Rabindranath Tagore's 150th birth anniversary
  • 60 creches and 20 hostels for children of women railway employees
  • Special trains for Commonwealth Games 2010


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