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Dec 12 2016 (17:11)  Why should passengers bear railways safety cess? (ummid.com)
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Posted by: Jayashree ❖ Amita*^  35474 news posts
What a proposal! It is by none other than Prabhu. He is no longer rail-god if he proposes such terrible waifs and strays. The railways' safety measures are inadequate which ultimately bring accidents to our dismay.
But Prabhu does not mull over rectifying lapses strictly. He tries to find out a very odd way and majorly transfer the onus on the passengers by the probability of a hike in second class fare.
What an apt recourse to fill the disappointment arisen out of finance ministry’s funding rejection. Directly and dastardly he stimulated to
raise load on the poor passengers.
Although this proposed safety cess by the railways required as many as Rs 1.20 lqkh crores for bringing improvements in various safety measures including track consolidation, upgrading signal system, the man less crossing has been a matter totally of the railways' department yet it transfers onus on the general public.
In the absence of no other option since the finance ministry’s rejection of bail-out package, the railways has turned to the public. Opposing this proposed move a group of passengers maintained that this was one more anti-people step in the direction to get defeats at the ensuing assembly polls.
The finance ministry will make available 25% of the safety fund while the rest 75% will be procured by the railways. In this proposed procurement, the common man will have to be a victim through fare augmentation.
What is this BJP government aiming for? Already burdened with heavy fare the second class passengers are not in a position to bear this further hike as several passengers keep up that we are shelling out more fare in comparison to low facilities. It is us who realise the hellish journey by travelling in the second class compartment. Prabhu! Have your compassion upon us. Spare us from the burden of extra enhancement.
Instead of bringing perfection in its engineering department the railways seems to have been going on the pattern of that formula where girls are told to learn self-defence tactics at the spurt in molesting and rape cases. The main problem re is sidetracked by adding additional option.
Is it a safe stride for much-publicised better days or just another pace to compel the general passengers to leave travel by the trains and take knee-knocked feet’s assistance for covering the desired distance of the destination?
This proposal seemed a jolt enough to stumble down the second class railways passengers. It might be said that the deliberation on such kind of move, as a matter of fact, had been going on for quite earlier. Yet it is not like the demonetisation tiresome decision which might be forgotten in a few months. Its impact will always disturb the minds of the public. They have only heard it recently from the different sources.
Of course, this plan looked more like a sinister and sensational suggestion that might have been a claim to the put the finishing touch to the posturing towards fare enhancement. When the finance ministry rejected the proposal for special rail safety fund, the railways thought it saner to divert the burden of another cess on the humble passengers.
That is why it can be undeniably a compact with the devil and to a greater extent Prabhu’s effective documented attempt to come to a composition with his policy makers.
And now in the lurid glow of a sunset, the railways' minister takes on those saffron colours which have made him another name ridiculous and erratic after various accidents and deficiencies on the tracks he girds up his loins to show up with a fresh cess after the promulgation of the swacchata cess.

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Dec 13 2016 (19:23)
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(1) Bigger and more comprehensive question is - "Why should Citizens & economy of India should bear the inefficiency of IR?"
(2) Major and decisive benefits of Railway operation over road:
Energy Efficiency-Friction and hence energy consumption between rail and wheel is just 1/6th compared to road and tyre.
Economies of scale- Capacity of a 24 coach train is 1500-2500 depending on the composition
of coach against 30-50 of a bus.
Capacity of a freight train is 5000T as against 15-25T of a truck.
The costing per seat or per berth with railway has to be much more cheaper than the bus.
(3) Following are the facts which are unacceptable:
(3a) Even after having highest freight fares in world, IR is struggling with more than 70% of its revenues going for Pay-Allowance-Pension and nothing left for modernisation, renewal, maintenance, loan repayment, etc.
(3b) IR continuously losing its market share to other inefficient modes of transport: Freight 90% to 30%, Passenger 75% to 15% since independence.
(3c) New frequently appearing news like that the non executive cadres are working at homes of officials rather than doing duty, maximum number of cases aginst IR is recieved at CVC,, IR still continuing with British Raj type costly facilities like saloons, Ectreme finincial imprudence decision making eg running trains at occupancy as low as 10% for months/ years, going for Mega projects without ensuring financial returns, political expediency, Departmentalism etc.
Above points give a clear indication that radical changes are a must for bright future of rail transport in India.
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