Railway Ministry successfully implements 39 Budget proposals in just 36 days

New Delhi: n an unprecedented pace of meeting promises made in the Railway Budget 2015-16, the Ministry of Railways has already implemented 39 announcements – ranging from passenger amenities system improvements to infrastructure development.

The Ministry of Railway announced yesterday that it has implemented 39 proposals made in the Railway Budget 2015-16 in the past 36 days since the beginning of the current financial year on 1 April. This was made possible by use of E-Samiksha, a software which tracks and monitors initiatives including projects and schemes.

“Ministry of Railway is next only to Prime Minister’s Office (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,” rail ministry said.

Immediately after the presentation of the Budget, Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu directed the Railway Board to put in place a mechanism to implement the budgetary announcements in a time-bound way. The entire machinery of the Indian Railways is geared up to implement the budgetary proposals.

“Under the implementation strategy, comprehensive action plans were formulated on all budget announcements. Both the ministers – Suresh Prabhu and Manoj Sinha (MoS) – have been personally monitoring the implementation and undertaking periodical review,” an release from the ministry said, adding that the monitoring and periodical reviews are also being undertaken at Railway Board, zonal railway and railway division levels.

A majority of the achievements listed by the ministry in a release were related to passenger amenities while others dealt with public-private partnership (PPP) projects for infrastructure creation and connectivity. The list included signing of Memorandum of Understanding (MoUs) to create SPVs for setting up coal evacuation infrastructure in Odisha and Jharkhand; initiation of the process for setting up a regulator and negotiations for financing rail projects through World Bank.

Other achievements included signing of an MoU with LIC for providing funding of Rs 1.5 lakh crore, approval of rail connectivity to Dighi port through PPP, committee for revamping of PPP cell, taskforce for drafting an Information Technology (IT) vision for Indian railways, formation of Kayakalp Council headed by Ratan Tata on innovation, and examination of pending recommendations by Kakodkar committee on safety.

The ministry also listed as achievements inauguration of a perishable cargo centre, instructions to Ticket Examiners to help senior citizens get lower berths, identification of trains for increasing number of coaches from 24 to 26, instructions issued for providing mobile charging facilities in general coaches, on-board entertainment started at Kalka Shatabdi, introduction of e-catering service and online booking of retiring rooms.

The ministry has created a new department for housekeeping, which will address the issue of cleanliness in a more integrated and coordinated manner. Also, on the lines of Swachh Bharat Mission, it has started disposable bags for garbage disposal as a pilot project in the Mumbai-Amritsar Punjab mail.
The ministry has made it mandatory that after May 1, all new non-AC coaches being manufactured in Integral Coach Factory would have dustbins. NIFT, Delhi, has been roped in to design bedroll, etc, the release said. “Three new mechanised laundries have been started at Kochiveli, Malda town and Santragachhi to supply clean linen taking the total of such laundries to 33. Twenty-nine more locations have been identified. Passenger and security helplines 138 and 182, respectively, are already functional. Also, an application and a portal to redress railway-related complaints have been developed, making the online tracking of complaints possible,” the release said.