NDA Govt displays ‘Unprecedented Pace’ in Successful Implementation of Budget 2015-16 announcements

Suresh Prabhu, Union Minister of Railways and Manoj Sinha, Minister of State (Railways) personally monitored the implementation of Budget 2015-16 Announcements. Comprehensive Mechanism and Action Plan put in place to ensure Time Bound Implementation. IR, for the First Time in his History, developed Online Monitoring of Implementation of Budgetary Proposals through E-Samiksha. The entire Machinery and Resources of Indian Railways were geared up for Implementation Works!

New Delhi: In an unprecedented pace of implementing announcements made in the Railway Budget 2015 -16, Ministry of Railway has already implemented 39 announcements ranging from passenger amenities, system improvements to infrastructure development. Immediately after the presentation of the Budget, the Railway Minister directed Railway Board to put in place a sound mechanism to implement the budgetary announcements in a time bound manner. The entire machinery of Indian Railways was geared up to implement the budgetary proposals.

Under the implementation strategy, comprehensive action plans were formulated on all budget announcements. Minister of Railways Shri Suresh Prabhakar Prabhu and Minister of State for Railways Shri Manoj Sinha have been personally monitoring the implementation and undertaking periodical review. The monitoring and periodical reviews are also being undertaken at Railway Board level, Zonal Railway level and Railway Division level. To ensure effective and efficient online monitoring, Ministry of Railway also developed a special web based software E-Samiksha to keep an eye on implementation. Ministry of Railway is next only to PMO, Ministry of External Affairs, Ministry of Road Transport and Highways and Ministry of Human Resource Development to have this kind of online monitoring mechanism.

Though only 36 days have passed in the current financial year 2015-16 (1st April, 2015 to 30th March, 2016), 39 announcements have so far been implemented which are listed below:-

  1. Perishable Cargo center as Azadpur Mandi inaugurated. This perishable cargo centre will help farmers and consumers in a big way and the ripening of fruits and cold storage facilities at this cargo centre will help the farmers get a good price and good market for their product. This facility comes under the Fresh and Healthy Enterprises Limited of CONCOR.
  2. New instructions have been issued on 10th April, 2015 to liberalize the Private Freight Terminal Policy.
  3. Kayakalp Council formed. Noted Industrialist Shri Ratan Tata to head this Council. The purpose of the Council is to recommend innovative methods and processes for the improvement, betterment and transformation of the Indian Railways.
  4. Taskforce has been constituted for drafting the IT Vision for Indian Railways.
  5. A committee under Shri Ajay Shankar has been constituted for Revamping of the PPP Cell.
  6. MoU for creating a SPV signed by Ministry of Railways with Ministry of Coal and Government of Odisha. It will help expedite Railway connectivity projects for coal transportation in Odisha.
  7. MoU with LIC signed – a landmark achievement by Ministry of Railways, with Life Insurance Corporation (LIC) for providing highest ever funding of Rs.1.5 Lakh Crore for Railways. This move will ultimately help railways growth through augmentation of its financial resources.
  8. Rail connectivity to Dighi Port approved through PPP.
  9. Instructions issued for organizing Training of Front-line Staffs on Soft Skills.
  10. Negotiations for financing railway projects through World Bank commenced.
  11. The process for putting in place a Rail Regulator has been initiated.
  12. MoU signed for Railway Research Centre at Mumbai University.
  13. MOU with National Institute of Designing signed for setting up of Railway Design Centre will be set up in the campus of National Institute of Design (NID), Ahmadabad. This will help improve customer’s happiness by way of better designed coaches and providing cost effective solutions to problems faced by passengers during train travel.
  14. MoU for Creation of an SPV signed between Ministry of Railways, Ministry of Coal and Government of Jharkhand. It will help expedite Railway connectivity projects for coal transportation in Jharkhand.
  15. New department itself for Housekeeping on Indian Railways was created. It is tasked to address the issues of cleanliness in a more integrated and coordinated manner across the Indian Railways.
  16. Three new Mechanized Laundries started at Kochiveli, Malda town and Santragachhi to supply clean linen taking total of such laundries to 33. Twenty nine more locations have been finalised.
  17. Passenger Helpline 138 brought into existence and is already functional. It will work as an interface for queries/complaints related to medical emergency, cleanliness, food & catering, coach maintenance, linen etc.
  18. Security Helpline 182 brought into existence and is already functional to report any unsavoury incidents. This service is very important public service and may play an important role in emergencies like crime against women, onboard unlawful activity, train accidents, medical attention required and fire etc.
  19. All pending recommendations made by Kakodkar Committee on Safety have been thoroughly examined by the Railway Board.
  20. A web based Portal and an App to redress railway related complaints has been developed where online tracking of complaints is also possible.
  21. Disposable Bags for garbage disposal have been started as a pilot project in Mumbai-Amritsar Punjab mail.
  22. New non-AC coaches being manufactured in Integral Coach Factory/Perambur have been equipped with Dustbins from 1st of May, 2015.
  23. NIFT, Delhi has been engaged for designing of Bedrolls.
  24. Operation 5 minutes launched i.e. to purchase unreserved tickets within 5 minutes. It has been launched as pilot project on Chennai suburban railway where passengers can buy paperless unreserved tickets on their mobile.
  25. Instructions have been issued for differently-abled travelers to purchase concessional E-tickets after one time registration.
  26. E-ticketing portal in Hindi is ready for launch.
  27. E-catering has been introduced. This is a service where a passenger is able to place an order for a meal, to be served at his seat in the train enroute, through a phone call or an SMS. Presently this service is available in 134 pairs of trains.
  28. Online booking of retiring rooms functional.
  29. 73 pairs of trains have been identified for introducing hand-held terminals to TTEs. Supply is expected to be received by the end of May, 2015.
  30. SMS Alert for advance arrival of train at destination functional.
  31. Centrally managed railway display network is ready for technology demonstration.
  32. Pilot Project for providing Surveillance Cameras has been launched in ICF.
  33. On board entertainment has been started on Kalka Shatabdi. It is now being extended to other trains.
  34. Instructions have been issued to provide mobile charging facilities in all new general class coaches. Mobile charging facilities will be provided in 3000 existing coaches in 2015-16.
  35. Quota for lower berths for senior citizens increased from 2 to 4 per coach.
  36. E-concierge Services started in 22 railway stations.
  37. Five trains have been identified for augmentation of capacity from 24 to 26 coaches.
  38. Instructions issued for provision of Lower Berths to senior citizens/pregnant women automatically.
  39. Instructions have been issued for provision of reserving middle bay for women & Senior citizens.