नीति आयोग ने रेलवे को 2023 तक इन कामों को पूरा करने का दिया टारगेट

नीति आयोग का कहना है कि रेलवे को किराये ढांचे और सब्सिडी को तर्कसंगत करना चाहिए और अपनी संपत्तियों के मौद्रिकरण से राजस्व जुटाना चाहिए.

नई दिल्ली – नीति आयोग का कहना है कि रेलवे को किराये ढांचे और सब्सिडी को तर्कसंगत करना चाहिए और अपनी संपत्तियों के मौद्रिकरण से राजस्व जुटाना चाहिए.

नीति आयोग ने नए भारत के लिए व्यापक राष्ट्रीय रणनीति का अनावरण करते हुए कहा कि रेलवे को अपने मूल्य ढांचे पर नए सिरे से विचार करना चाहिए, जिससे यात्री और माल ढुलाई खंड वह टिका रह सके. नए भारत के लिए रणनीति@75 रिपोर्ट में आयोग ने कहा कि ढुलाई भाड़ा सड़क परिवहन की लागत के साथ प्रतिस्पर्धी होना चाहिए.

इसमें कहा गया है कि 2022-23 तक भारत के पास ऐसा रेल नेटवर्क होना चाहिए जो न केवल दक्ष, विश्वसनीय और सुरक्षित हो बल्कि लागत दक्ष और पहुंच वाला भी हो. यह लोगों की आवाजाही से लेकर माल ढुलाई दोनों के लिए होनी चाहिए.

रेलवे के लिए लक्ष्य तय करते हुए नीति आयोग ने कहा कि उसे बुनियादी ढांचा सृजन की रफ्तार को मौजूदा सात किलोमीटर प्रतिदिन से बढ़ाकर 2022-23 तक 19 किलोमीटर प्रतिदिन करनी होगी. इसी अवधि में ब्रॉड गेज का शतप्रतिशत विद्युतीकरण हासिल करना होगा.

साथ ही इस दौरान माल गाड़ियों की औसत रफ्तार को 2016-17 के 24 किलोमीटर से बढ़ाकर 50 किलोमीटर प्रति घंटा और मेल-एक्सप्रेस ट्रेनों की औसत रफ्तार को 60 किलोमीटर से बढ़ाकर 80 किलोमीटर प्रति घंटा करना होगा.

Privatisation will put Railways upgrade on track, says NITI Aayog’s report.

NEW DELHI: From ownership of locomotives and rolling stocks to modernising stations, improvement of the railways hinges on “private participation,” said Niti Aayog, in its report on strategy for New India, released on Wednesday.

The planning body, in its suggestions, said that the national transporter should consider opening up ownership and operations of freight terminals and ownership of locomotives and rolling stock to the private sector under a transparent, neutral (non-railway) and fair regulatory mechanism.

The idea is to take steps that will keep India’s $2.7 trillion economy steadily expanding by about 8%, which could quicken to 9-10% by 2022-23, making India a $4 trillion economy.

The blueprint, called the “Strategy for New India@75”, released in the city by finance minister Arun Jaitley and NITI Aayog vice chairman Rajiv Kumar, proposes increasing the share of taxes in national income to 22% from 17%, inclusion of fuel and electricity within the goods and services tax (GST) and privatizing airports, as well as key railway assets such as freight terminals, engines and rolling stock.

The idea is to take steps that will keep India’s $2.7 trillion economy steadily expanding by about 8%, which could quicken to 9-10% by 2022-23, making India a $4 trillion economy. “It is also necessary to ensure that growth is inclusive, sustained, clean and formalized,” the blueprint said.

The document, which captures the National Democratic Alliance administration’s prescription for future reforms and growth milestones, comes just months ahead of national elections due by May.

Explaining the need for the blueprint, Jaitley said sound policy measures would put the economy on track, lift people out of poverty and improve the quality of life.

Although unlike its predecessor Planning Commission, NITI Aayog is not involved in allocation of funds to various programmes, officials say its advice will be heeded by ministries, given that the think tank is led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

NITI Aayog Chief Executive Officer Amitabh Kant said the think tank has a monitoring and evaluation division, which prepares the outcome budget. “The entire focus of this government is on outcomes. Every resource spent is measured on the basis of outcomes delivered,” said Kant. Kumar said the strategy document was reviewed in detail by the Prime Minister. “Therefore, we do have some lever,” said Kumar.

The strategy paper lays emphasis on completing major infrastructure projects such as the first phase of Bharatmala Pariyojana, laying roads in the north-eastern region and digitally connecting 250,000 gram panchayats through the Bharat Net programme by 2019. It aims to deliver all government services up to the gram panchayat level digitally by 2022-23. It also proposes using idle land available with state-owned companies for productive use, giving every family a pucca house and ensuring power for all. Production of minerals is another priority for which the blueprint proposes a revamped exploration policy and a regulator.

“Popular aspirations are growing, people are becoming impatient. They want things to happen faster,” said Jaitley.

One key area of reform proposed by NITI Aayog is privatization of key government assets. The document advises that the government exit non-strategic sectors by divesting its stake, which will add to the exchequer. Liberalizing foreign ownership limits across industries, encouraging foreign investments in government securities and easing rupee bond limits are among the key suggestions.

NITI Aayog has suggested that the investment rate be boosted from 29% of GDP in FY18 to 36% by FY23.

Doubling goods and services exports to $800 billion by FY23 from $478 billion in FY18, improving the business environment and working with states to relax land and labour rules are also part of the agenda.

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