Daily Archive: July 30, 2018

About Rs.12.68 Cr funds allocated for conservation, preservation and environmental development works at the Taj Mahal in the last 3 years: Dr. Mahesh Sharma

The essential conservation, preservation and environmental development work at Taj Mahal is attended regularly to keep the monument in good condition. The details of funds allocated and expenditure incurred in this regard during the last three years are as under:-

Amount in Rs.

S. No. Year Funds allocated Expenditure incurred
1. 2015-16 36556563 36555570
2. 2016-17 48115035 46994913
3. 2017-18 42222452 41232851

 

The above information was given by Minister of State (independent charge) for Culture and Minister of State for Environment, Forest and Climate change Dr. Mahesh Sharma, in reply to an Unstarred Question in the Lok Sabha today.

Statement of Union Home Minister Shri Rajnath Singh on NRC in Assam

Today NRC Draft List has been published in Assam. I want to emphatically say that this is only a draft and not the Final NRC.

Everyone will have full opportunity to file Claims / Objections as per provision in law. Only after the disposal of claims and objections, the Final NRC will be published.

Some people are unnecessarily trying to create an atmosphere of fear. I want to assure all that there is no need for any apprehension or fear. Some misinformation is also being spread. NRC process has been done impartially. Some people may not have been able to submit necessary documents. They will get full opportunity through Claims and Objections process.

I want to clarify that even after the Final NRC, every person will get an opportunity to approach the Foreigners Tribunal.

This means that even those whose names do not figure in the Final NRC will get an opportunity to approach the Tribunal. There is no question of any coercive action against anyone.

NRC process is being carried out with complete fairness and transparency. It has been monitored by the Honourable Supreme Court.

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Passenger Amenities and Cleanliness in Trains and Toilets

Provision of adequate passenger amenities and cleanliness is a continuous process and every endeavour is made to keep the coaches including toilets in a clean condition. However, few complaints regarding cleanliness in coaches and foul smell from toilets are received from time to time. Foul smell in bio-toilets is generally due to improper use by passengers. For this, corrective measures are being taken.

All efforts are made by Indian Railways (IR) to address the complaints enroute and during coaching depot maintenance.

Several initiatives have been taken by IR towards improvement of cleanliness in coaches, including sleeper class coaches. Some of them are listed below:

  1. Cleaning of coaches including toilets of trains at both ends including mechanized cleaning.
  2. On Board Housekeeping Service (OBHS) has been provided in more than 1000 pairs of trains including Rajdhani, Shatabdi and other important long distance Mail/Express trains for cleaning of coach toilets, doorways, aisles and passenger compartments during the run of the trains.
  3. In ‘Clean My Coach’ scheme, for any cleaning requirement in the coach in trains having OBHS service, passenger can send a message through mobile (SMS) on a specified mobile number.  Alternatively, passenger can also use an android app or webpage for logging the request.
  4. ‘Clean My Coach’ service is now being upgraded to ‘Coach Mitra’ facility which is a single window interface to register coach related requirements of passengers such as cleaning, disinfection, linen, train lighting, air conditioning and watering of coaches. ‘Coach Mitra’ facility has been introduced in about 900 pairs of trains.
  5. Clean Train Station (CTS) scheme has also been prescribed for limited mechanized cleaning attention to identified trains including cleaning of toilets during their scheduled stoppages enroute at nominated stations.
  6. Provision for dustbins is also being made in sleeper class coaches of trains in addition to Air Conditioned Coaches.
  7. Provision of mugs with chains has also been made in toilets of sleeper class coaches.
  8. Steps are being taken to improve ventilation in bio-toilets and provide dustbin inside toilets. Awareness is being created for proper use of bio-toilets.
  9. A third party survey for assessment of cleanliness of 210 important trains is presently being carried out.

 

This information was given by the Minister of State of Railways Shri Rajen Gohain in a written reply to a question in Rajya Sabha today.

 

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Installation of Display Boards and Announcement Machines in Passenger Trains

Display Boards and Public Announcement Systems are provided in Electric Multiple Unit (EMU) trains and prestigious trains like Humsafar, Tejas etc. Also, in Anubhuti coaches, Global Positioning System (GPS) based passenger information system is provided in the Liquid Crystal Display (LCD) monitors hanging from the ceiling. Information like forthcoming station, destination, train running status and other safety information / announcement are provided in the monitors.

At present, announcement in premium trains like Rajdhani and Shatabdi is being made about the next stations. The system is also being used for playing instrumental music and latest news.

For the assistance of visually impaired passengers, Integrated Braille signage, i.e., signage superimposed with Braille scripts, are being provided in the newly manufactured coaches of Indian Railways. Retrofitment of the same in existing coaches has also been taken up in a phased manner.

Recently, trial specifications have been developed by Research Designs and Standards Organisation (RDSO) / Lucknow for GPS based Public Address System and Passenger Information System for Linke Hofmann Busch (LHB) coaches. Trials will now be conducted to assess the performance on coaches.

This information was given by the Minister of State of Railways Shri Rajen Gohain in a written reply to a question in Rajya Sabha today.

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Revenue Generation by Railways

Revenue generation is a critical function of Indian Railways which is contingent upon a number of factors including passenger fare and freight rates, demand for transportation, domestic and international macro-economic scenario, growth in core sectors of economy and availabilities & pricing of alternative modes of transportation. Evaluation of various alternatives relating to rationalisation of passenger & freight structure is an on-going process. Recently, a number of measures have been taken to rationalize the tariff so as to increase revenue. Some of them are: Liberalised Automatic Freight Rebate scheme for traffic loaded in empty flow direction, rebate in freight under Long Term Tariff Contracts (LTTC) with key freight customers, discount on loading of bagged consignment in open & flat wagon, withdrawal of port congestion charge, rationalization of coal & coke tariff etc. A number of measures for enhancing ease of doing business have also been taken such as Registration of Demand for wagons electronically, Electronic Transmission of Railway Receipt (eT-RR), Multiple RRs for single container train, Customer friendly rationalization of weighment policy etc.

Indian Railways has taken various initiatives to increase earnings from passenger and non-fare services including parcel:-

A number of measures have been taken in passenger segment. Some of them are Introduction of Flexi Fare system in higher category of trains i.e. Rajdhani, Shatabdi and Duronto trains. In view of special attempts/ arrangements made for running of special train services during peak period, higher fares have been fixed for running of special trains. Suvidha trains are introduced on variable fare structure during the peak seasons depending on the demand pattern. Humsafar Express, Tejas Express, Antyodaya Express and Mahamana Express have been introduced on higher fare   on cost recovery basis. The endeavor is to realize higher fare for better facility trains and continue to provide service at affordable and economic rates to common man.

Number of Steps have been taken to improve parcel earnings including having a policy of ‘Comprehensive Parcel Leasing Policy (CPLP), ‘Parcel Cargo Express Trains (PCET)’ and Opening of parcel business to container traffic etc.

During 2016-17 and 2017-18, the growth of traffic earnings was not commensurate to the high growth of working expenses comprising inter alia of pay, allowances and pension on account of implementation of 7th Central Pay Commission recommendations. Though Railways have been generating ‘Excess’ after meeting working expenses from own revenues, the amount of ‘Excess’ has varied over the years depending on the pace of growth of working expenses vis-a-vis the earnings of Railways. Periodic Pay Commissions, performance of the economy at large, intense competition from other modes of transport like road and air effects the capability of Railways to raise revenue earnings at a faster pace than the growth in working expenditure. Thus, while there has been a progressive rise in Railways’ capital expenditure, the contribution of Railways’ internal resources to the same has gone down occasionally especially during the years of implementation of Pay Commission recommendations. As experienced in the past, stabilization of impact of the pay commission recommendations and with the traffic earning picking up in subsequent years, the financial performance of Railways improves. Accordingly, the Budget Estimates of 2018-19 stipulate adequate revenue generation to meet the working expenses of the Railways and also to make a contribution of ₹11,500 Cr to capital expenditure.

Flexi fare was introduced from 9th September 2016. During the Financial Year    2016-17 (Sept to Mar), 2017-18 and 2018-19 (April to June), Railway earned approximately       ₹371 Cr., ₹860 Cr. and ₹262 cr. respectively as additional earnings from trains having flexi fare.  There has been mixed response from various quarters to the introduction of flexi fare scheme. Further, review of existing scheme is an ongoing and continuous process.

This information was given by the Minister of State of Railways Shri Rajen Gohain in a written reply to a question in Rajya Sabha today.

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एसबीआई ने एफडी पर बढ़ाई ब्याज दरें

एसबीआई ग्राहकों के लिए खुशखबर है। बैंक ने चुनिंदा अवधियों के लिए किए जाने वाले फिक्स्ड डिपाजिट पर ब्याज देरों को बढ़ा दिया है। ब्याज दरों में 0.05 प्रतिशत से लेकर 0.1 प्रतिशत तक की बढ़ोतरी की गई है। नई ब्याज दरें 30 जुलाई से लागू मानी जाएंगी।
एसबीआई ने अपनी वेबसाइट पर कहा है कि 1 से 2 साल तक के एफडी पर 6.70 फीसदी ब्याज देगा। पहले यह दर 6.65 फीसदी थी। दो से तीन साल तक के लिए किए जाने वाले फिक्स्ड डिपॉजिट्स पर अब ब्याज दर 6.75 फीसदी होगा जो पहले 6.65 फीसदी था।
इसी तरह वरिष्ठ नागरिकों द्वारा किए जाने वाले फिक्स्ड डिपॉजिट्स पर भी ब्याज दरों को बढ़ा दिया गया है। वरिष्ठ नागरिकों द्वारा 1 से 2 साल तक के लिए किए जाने वाले फिक्स्ड डिपॉजिट्स पर ब्याज दर 7.15 फीसदी से बढ़ाकर 7.20 फीसदी कर दिया गया है।
इसी तरह 2 से 3 साल की अवधि तक के लिए किए जाने वाले फिक्स्ड डिपॉजिट्स पर ब्याज दर को 7.15 फीसदी से बढ़ाकर 7.25 फीसदी कर दिया गया है। 1 साल से कम की अवधि के लिए किए गए फिक्स्ड डिपॉजिट के ब्याज दरों में कोई बदलाव नहीं किया गया है। ये नए दर 1 करोड़ रुपए से कम के फिक्स्ड डिपॉजिट पर लागू होंगे।