Reformist and forward looking budget: PM Dr Singh
- Indian Railways to join 1 billion tonne select club with China.
- Educational tourist train”Azadi Express” proposes
- Eight more companies of women RPF personnel to be set up.
- Several measures taken to deal with fire accidents.
- 17 distressed bridges sanctioned for rehabilitation to be completed over the next year.
- Train Collision Avoidance System to be put to rigorous trials.
- Railways will strive to work towards zero accident situation.
- Rail Minister calls for paradigm shift in approach to tariff and non-tariff segments of earnings.
- Passenger earning target Rs 32500 crore this year.
- Freedom fighters to renew their passes only once in 3 yrs.
- Complementary passes for Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna and Olympic awardees.
- Coach making facilities at Bhilwara and Raebarelli.
- Indian Railway Financial Management Institute to be set up at Secunderabad.
- Coaches to be made wheelchair friendly.
- Hostel facilities for all single women railway employees at all Div.HQS.
- Free wi-fi facility at select trains.
- Exclusive lounges at 7 stations.
- 1800111321 number for redressing complaints.
- Wagon maintenance workshop in Kalahandi in Odisha.
- E-ticketing to be made available through mobile phone.
- 104 Stations identified for added amenities.
- Target of investment of 1 lakh crore through PPP mode in 12th FYP.
- For the first time, Arunachal Pradesh brought under Rail Network.
- UID-Aadhar to be used for ticket reservation.
- Need based border connectivity top priority.
- Freight loading estimated to be 1007 tonnes this year.
- No hike in passenger fares; 67 new express and 26 passenger trains to be launched.
- Next generation E-ticketing introduced to be able to book 7000 tickets in a minute.
- Gross traffic receipts to be 18062 crore rupees over 2012-13.
- Thrust on using renewable sources of energy.
- Some Railway related activities included under MGNREGA.
- Railways to fill up 1.52 lakh vacancies.
- Dronacharya awardees to get Shatabdi and Rajdhani passes.
- 47000 vacancies reserved for differently abled to be filled.
- Plan to spend 3000 crore rupees to connect mines.
Railways is committed to ensure security, safety and better passengers facilities including sanitation in trains and railway stations. Minister of Railways Shri Pawan Kumar Bansal has said that to strengthen the security of rail passengers, especially women passengers, Railways have already created four companies of women RPF personnel and another eight would be set up. Presenting the Railway Budget for 2013-14 in Parliament today he said, recruitment to RPF is being conducted with 10% vacancies reserved for women. He said, the presence of women RPF personnel will be further strengthened with the field units.
The Minister said, many trains are being escorted by Government Railway Police and Railway Protection Force in sensitive sections. Further, the Ladies Special local trains in Metropolitan Cities are being escorted by lady RPF Staff. Shri Bansal said, security helpline numbers have been made available on several zonal railways to facilitate passengers in reporting any untoward incidence for immediate intervention.
The Nifty also moved down by 43 points to 5,811