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Railway Budget 2013: impact on people & economy

How will the Railway Budget 2013 impact your lives? Talk to Dr Raghuram who can give you the big picture.
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  • Can we expect availability of adequate berths any time,if yes tentatively when Asked by: Manohar Battula
  • G Raghuram May be never, except in slack seasons, unless passenger fares are raised.
  • Railways are the biggest violators of the Manual Scavenging Act by employing large number of manual scavengers. What are targets set by the Pawan Bansal to equip all the rail coaches with bio-toilets all over the country to address the menace of manual scavenging? Asked by: Bhumish Khudkhudia
  • G Raghuram He has also recognised the issue. But how much aggressiveness will be shown remains to be seen The issue has been in focus right from about ten years ago. But not with aggressive targets.
  • Wouldn't it be better to stop the practice of presenting separate rail budget, so as to cut down on populism to a great extent? Asked by: Abhishek Ghosh
  • G Raghuram Yes. In fact, from being the ministry with the highest budget, today Ministries of Oil, Steel, Telecom and Finance (Institutions) have bigger budgets. May be a few others too.
  • Don't you think it is high time our government should stop giving populist budgets? Asked by: Sneha
  • G Raghuram Yes. But I do not understand political compulsions!
  • Do you think that railways got to be privatised so that it can change it's image and which has been demand of corporate sector? Asked by: Himanshu
  • G Raghuram Through PPPs, yes.
  • When do you think the bullet trains can see the light of the day in India? Asked by: Abhishek Ghosh
  • G Raghuram Hopefully by the end of the decade atleast on part of the Ahmedabad Mumbai stretch.
  • Why is railways getting into financial mess now after doing well during laloo years? Asked by: HS
  • G Raghuram Growth and new innovations are a must continually. Sixth pay commission took away a lot of the surpluses. But these need to be built in in the planning.
  • Not increasing the railways fare at this moment, Is it populism or realism?? Asked by: Akshay Singh
  • G Raghuram Populism
  • What should the railways do to come at par with China? Asked by: Isha
  • G Raghuram Invest with vision, with PPPs. Focus on R&D. The Budget has given five fellowships and a Chair, as a start. A long way to go. No talk of the IIT Kharagpur Research centre as well as some of the earlier research support to IIT Roorkee, etc
  • Railway Modernistaion: Is it too little too late? Asked by: Harry
  • G Raghuram Better late than never.
  • What about cleanliness in railways, have u ever noticed diff b/w south and north Indian railways, SCR is much better, why so gap, will that be filled ? Asked by: Digvijay
  • G Raghuram Cultural? Technology can be a solution.
  • Is it a reformist and forward looking Budget? Asked by: DK
  • G Raghuram Nowhere near last year's Trivedi Budget. But a few points have been picked up. Not forward looking in a significant way.
  • How do you rate this years Rail budget? Asked by: leena
  • G Raghuram A do not rock the boat preelection year budget.
  • Double decker rails are a solution to still infrastructure and ever increasing population of the country ?? Asked by: Akshay Singh
  • G Raghuram In congested areas like Mumbai, and fly overs at major railway junctions.
  • Should railways be privatised for better operating efficiencies? Asked by: anna
  • G Raghuram PPPs is the way to go.
  • Sir, Is the Railway Budget not high on vision & low on reality? Asked by: Priya
  • G Raghuram It is not high on vision. There is much waiting to be envisioned on safety, security, modernization, commercialisation, etc. It is low to moderate on reality. Sops in terms of trains, surveys etc. A pre election do not rock the boat budget.
  • When can we see metros run in the whole country Asked by: B.Anirudh
  • G Raghuram May be in about 10 years time, atleast in the top ten cities.
  • Railway Budget 2013: What will be the impact on people & economy? Asked by: Anuj
  • G Raghuram Very general question. Right now, it does not seem there will be much impact.
  • Railways infrastructure has remained the same during the last 10 years. By increasing the number of trains are we being short-sighted without developing additional infrastructure? Asked by: EMathew
  • G Raghuram Soft infrastructure (like signalling, debottlenecking critical sections etc) has been improving. More trains can be run. However, if it is at the cost of freight trains, there is an issue.
  • Other countries have moved to safer and faster transportation by rail, but we have never found the need or the time to invest in these projects. Mostly we still go by the rail created by the British. Would we see a private-public partnership in the railways? Asked by: EMathew
  • G Raghuram There are already PPPs in IR. More are required.
  • what would be impact on Rly freight? Asked by: surya narayan singh
  • G Raghuram Marginal. The larger government policies and industrial growth have a bigger impact. Raghuram

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