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Dec 19 2016 (18:03)  Seprate entity for passenger fares and freight rates (www.asianage.com)
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Posted by: For Better Managed Indian Railways~  948 news posts
Mumbai: Months after merger of Rail Budget with the General Budget was announced, the rail ministry on Monday revealed it was planning a separate entity that would fix passenger fares and freight rates in future.
The proposal for setting up the unit is likely to be sent soon to the Union Cabinet for approval, the rail ministry informed.
Media reports said that rail minister Suresh Prabhu has already taken up the proposal with Prime Minister Narendra Modi who, according to the reports, has given green signal for it.
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separate authority is expected to streamline the entire process of fixing passenger fares and freight charges as the present set-up is cause of huge burden on rail finances.
Indian Railways incurs a whopping Rs 33,000 crore towards paying subsidy on passenger fares.
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