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Nov 29 2016 (12:13PM)  Agitation planned for train track connecting Rotegaon to Kopargaon at Jantar Mantar (timesofindia.indiatimes.com)
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Aurangabad: Agitation for the long pending demand of Rotegaon to Kopargaon rail track appears to have gathered pace as the Marathwada Railway Vikas Samiti has decided to observe Dharana andolan at Jantar Mantar, New Delhi on December 7, 8 and 9.
A group of social activists including Om Prakash Verma president of the committee, Tara Laddha - freedom fighter, Shantanu Doyefode secretary of Nanded Railway Sangharsha Samiti, Umakant Joshi member of Nanded Railway Sangharsha Samiti and Sanju Rathod, Laxaman Chidrawar and Kiran Chidrawar are likely to be part of the agitation.
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Prakash Verma said that he has been approaching concerned authorities and if they assure to take necessary steps for the development of the track, the agitation will not happen as planned. "We have set November 25 as the deadline for the discussion," he added.
The demand for the new line is also being raised as lakhs of devotees are expected to visit Shirdi in the next two years for the Saibaba Samadhi centenary celebration scheduled in 2018.
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Verma said that the rail route connecting Rotegaon to Kopargaon would give respite to the thousands of devotees visiting Shirdi.
The committee had also written a letter to Maharashtra chief minister Devendra Fadnavis appealing him to support the cause. "But there was no satisfactory reply from the state government who simply referred the issue to the railways," Verma said.
Recently, the railways had announced that it would soon carry out a survey of a route between Rotegoan and Puntamba instead of the Rotegoan and Kopargaon route. However, Verma said that a similar survey was conducted in 2000, which had revealed that the Rotegoan -Puntamba route would be very expensive as the authorities will have to construct a bridge on Godavari river.
The stretch between Rotegoan and Kopargaon is only 35 km and it that would bypass Manmad station. Trains passing through Aurangabad can directly reach Shirdi in a very short time. At present the trains take a long route that goes through Manmad, which is a busy station.
  
Nov 20 2016 (7:03AM)  RAILWAY TICKET CANCELLATION AND REFUND PROCESS REVISED (mumbaimirror.indiatimes.com)
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On Friday once again Ministry of Railways had revised the procedure for cancellation of tickets and refund of value of Rs 10000 and above for the PRS counter tickets booked from 9th November to 15th November.
In partial supersession to the above, it has now been decided that the following procedure will apply for cancellation of tickets (Partial/Full) and refund of value of Rs 5000 and above for the PRS counter tickets booked from 16th November to 24th November.
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and refund of fare of value Rs 10000 and above, and cancelation of tickets (Partial/Full) booked from PRS counters between 16th November to 24th November refund shall not be allowed in cash or through green pay order or by any means involving cash across the counter. The payment shall be only through Cheque/ECS payment. Such tickets may be refunded through filing of TDR only on surrendering of original ticket.
TDR shall be filed within the prescribed time limit for cancelation of ticket across the counter as per refund rule.
TDR shall be filed only up to half an hour before the scheduled departure of the train for RAC/WL tickets and for confirmed tickets up to 4 hours before the scheduled departure of the train, for which ticket has been issued.
TDR and refund of fare as per refund rule for such tickets shall be allowed for wait listed tickets also only through Cheque/ECS payment.
  
Nov 19 2016 (12:31AM)  PM addresses railway men, defends decision of scrapping rail budget | india-news | Hindustan Times (www.hindustantimes.com)
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Focusing on the “transformation” theme for the Indian Railways, Prime Minister Narendra Modi put up a strong defense of his government’s decision to discard the 92-year old practice of presenting a separate rail budget in parliament on Friday.
“The century has changed, so the railways should also change. There should be new speed, progress and new capacity and it should also gain financial strength,” the Prime Minister said in an address to railway employees via video conferencing at the ‘Rail Vikas Shivir’ (rail development camp) that began at Surajkund in Delhi’s outskirts today.
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Prime Minister is scheduled to visit the camp on the concluding day of the event on Sunday.
Saying that the current century was technology driven, the Prime Minister called upon railway men to be more innovative.
On the decision to scrap the practice of presenting a separate rail budget in parliament, Modi said earlier rail budget speeches had been an exercise in announcing new trains or stoppages for the benefit of one MP or another.
“They are used to clapping on such announcements in Parliament. When I took over, I noticed that 1500 announcements regarding railways had been made previously, which had remained confined only to clapping,” he said.
Saying that he could have persisted with the same approach to collect claps and praise, the Prime Minister said he chose to “remain free from the love for political gains”.
Referring to the government’s decision to refrain from making populist announcements in the rail budget speeches in the last two years, Modi said that he “showed courage”. “The focus of our rail budgets has not been on politics. We have worked towards a paradigm shift”, he added.
Striking an emotional chord with railway men, the Prime Minister – who is said to have sold tea at stations in his childhood – referred to his special affection for the Railways. “I have spent so much of my early days at railway platforms and have witnessed the working of the transporter from close quarters”, he said.
  
Oct 22 2016 (7:49AM)  Railway Board Officials Brief Parliamentary Panel On Budget Merger (profit.ndtv.com)
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New Delhi: Railway Board officials today briefed a Parliamentary panel on the implications of the government's decision to merge the railway budget with the general budget.
Railway Board Chairman A K Mittal explained various issues related with the merger to the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Finance, sources said.
Representatives of Railway Board briefed the committee, headed by senior Congress leader M Veerappa Moily, about the government's budgetary reforms, including "merger of railway budget with general budget and the ramifications thereof", they said.
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Cabinet last month approved the Finance Ministry's proposal on landmark budgetary reforms relating to merger of railway budget with the general budget and the advancement of the date of presentation from the last working day of February.
As per practice, the general budget is presented in the Lok Sabha on the last working day of February.
The Cabinet has also given its permission to the merger of Plan and Non-Plan classification in the Budget and Accounts.
The presentation of separate railway budget started in 1924, and has continued after independence as a convention rather than under Constitutional provisions.
Earlier, Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu had said that railways will maintain its separate identity and functional autonomy even after merger of its budget with the general budget.
(This story has not been edited by NDTV staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

  
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Merger of RB with GB may be good or may be bad. It is totally a matter of intention.
If real intention is to eliminate political interference as announced, then it is a very good step. Then it is expected that financially prudent policy decisions shall be taken in IR, without acceding to political/ departmental interests. IR shall then operate to fulfil the needs of Indian economy, the people & employees all.
If intention is not to eliminate political interference, then RM/Ruling party/bureaucracy shall have free run to clandestinely do what ever
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needed to promote vested interests, and even parliament shall have little control it. Whatever flow of information and transparency regarding status of IR is there may be gone.
  
Oct 22 2016 (7:44AM)  Rail budget merger with general budget: Railway officers face tough posers from panel (indianexpress.com)
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A month after the Union Cabinet announced the merger of the Railway Budget with the General Budget, Railway Board chairman A K Mittal and other officials on Friday faced some tough questions from members of a Parliamentary committee about the rationale of the merger. Some MPs from the Opposition ranks are learnt to have wondered whether the move was meant to “privatise” the department and “take away Parliamentary scrutiny” from the Railways.
Representatives of the ministry briefed the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Finance, headed by senior Congress leader M Veerappa Moily, on the budget merger and “ramifications thereof”. The Railway Board gave a nine-page submission on seven key points.The department, sources said, explained that among other benefits, the budget merger would “possibly
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lead to de-politicisation of serious requirement of this sector and would enable the government to take appropriate, and at times apt, decisions…balancing the social and economic priorities”.
As Mittal sought to assure panel members that barring separate presentation of the budget, things will remain the same for Railways and it will have functional autonomy, the panel wondered why this “cosmetic change” was being brought.
Sources said one member insisted that Railways as a department should be done away with if it does not have the wherewithal to present its own budget, and with all its financial responsibility taken over by the Finance Ministry. Another member asked that if profitability was the only criterion, where would poor commuters go, even as a non-BJP member strongly backed the merger and called it good for the Railways, sources said.
A member is learnt to have asked Mittal whether it was just being done to take away Parliament’s scrutiny. “You are running away from the accountability of Parliament,” sources quoted a panel member as saying.
  
Oct 14 2016 (12:02PM)  Railways Earnings Fall Short Of Target By Over 11% In September – NDTV Profit (profit.ndtv.com)
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New Delhi: Compounding the woes of railways, total earnings from goods and passengers fell by over 11 per cent from the target in September this year as against the last year for the same period, causing concern in the rail administration.
Railways have earned Rs 12,413.96 crore in September this year as against the target of Rs 13,961.91 crore for the month, a decrease of 11.09 per cent.
The total earnings from goods in September was Rs 7,719.52 crore as against the target of Rs 8,564.27 crore, a decline of 9.86 per cent,
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according to Railway Ministry data.
In passenger segment also the earnings are way behind the target as railways earned Rs 3,815.43 crore as against the target of Rs 4,253.71 cr, a decrease of 10.30 per cent.
Passenger bookings were also fell short of target with total 683.17 million passengers booked in September as against the target of 686.61 million.
Railways has recently rationalised the freight rate to attract more loadings and introduced flexi-fare system in premier service including Rajdhani, Shatabdi and Duronto trains to shore up revenue collection.
Admitting decline in revenue collection, a senior Railway Ministry official said, "There is a general decline in demand and it is a cause of concern. Several steps are being initiated to perk up the earnings."
Railways has announced many ambitious projects including massive expansion and modernisation of rail network and the shortfall in earnings could cause problem in its future plan.
However, the official said railways expect the volume of loadings to increase in coming months with the rationalisation of freight rate.
  
Oct 01 2016 (8:02AM)  Winter session may begin on Nov. 12 (www.thehindu.com)
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Finance Ministry moves proposal to present budget on February 1
The Finance Ministry wrote earlier this week to Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan, proposing a new Parliamentary calendar and seeking to present the Union Budget on February 1 every year.
As per the schedule proposed, Parliament is to be reconvened for the winter session from November 12. The Ministry plans to introduce bills for rolling out the Central Goods & Services Tax and the Inter-State Goods & Services Tax during this session and has set a deadline of November 22 in the newly-constituted
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GST Council for finalising these Bills.
Budget session in January
The winter session will end by December 12 and the budget session is to begin on January 12, 2017. After the presentation of the Budget by the Union Finance Minister, Parliament will go into the customary one-month recess between February 12 and March 12.
The second part of the session will end on March 31, by when the budget exercise will be completed.
A Ministry official said the final schedule could change by a day or so. After approval from Ms. Mahajan, the new Parliamentary calendar will also be sent to the Cabinet Committee on Parliamentary Affairs for its approval.
“We will work towards completing the discussions on Ministry-wise demands for grants, including Railways, within four weeks instead of the usual six,” Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi told The Hindu after a meeting on Wednesday with Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley.
In a meeting on September 21, the Union Cabinet gave its approval for merging the Rail and General budgets from 2017. It also allowed the Ministry to advance the date of presentation (from the conventional last working day of February) to ensure completion of the budget exercise before the start of the new financial year on April 1.
Announcing the decision, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said the new date for budget presentation would be announced keeping in view the Assembly elections to be held next year in a number of States.
  
Sep 30 2016 (5:31PM)  Budget merger may need Parliament’s nod (www.thehindu.com)
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Centre has not consulted Parliament, Opposition says
The Centre may have to pass a resolution in Parliament in the upcoming session to finally put an end to the practice of presenting a separate Rail Budget, senior Railway Ministry officials said.
Although the Constitution does not provide for a separate Rail Budget, it was separated from general finances after a resolution was passed in the Legislative Assembly (now Parliament) based on the recommendations made by the Acworth Committee in 1921.
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on the recommendations made by Acworth Committee, it was decided that the separation of Railway Finances be effected by means of a Convention to be laid before the Legislative Assembly (now Parliament), in the form of a resolution, and that the Assembly be asked to agree to it,” the official said, on conditions of anonymity. The matter was placed before the House, which voted the Convention resolution of 1924, the official added.
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“Presentation of a separate Budget is more of a matter of Convention than any rule. Government decided to introduce a resolution to do this,” the official said.
After the Union Cabinet approved merger of railway and general Budget, opposition parties attacked the government for not consulting the Parliament.
“The decision by the Union Cabinet to merge the Railway Budget with the General Budget is a unilateral step taken without a discussion in parliament. It was the Parliament which was empowered to discuss railway finances and development,” Communist Part of India (Marxist) had said in a press statement.
Former Railway Minister Dinesh Trivedi had also said that the “Parliament was not taken into confidence.”
“…the State, should get a fair and stable return from the money it has spent on its Railways; but if you go further, if you take from the Railways more than that fair return, then you are indulging in a concealed way in one of the most vicious forms of taxation, namely a tax on transportation.
“One of the objects we have most at heart in putting these proposals before this House is to establish that principle,” the government had stated when the proposal for resolution was presented to 1924 Assembly.
CPI-M said Parliament is empowered to discuss railway finances and development
  
Sep 29 2016 (6:52AM)  CENTRAL EXPENDITURE TO BE REDUCED (dated September 29, 1966) (www.thehindu.com)
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The Union Cabinet to-day [September 28, New Delhi] decided to cut the Central expenditure for the current financial year by Rs. 101 crores. This will include a cut by Rs. 24 crores in the revenue expenditure, Rs. 67 crores in the capital expenditure and Rs. 10 crores on Railway’s capital expenditure. No major project will be affected, an official spokesman said. The Cabinet took these decisions after considering the report of the Secretaries Committee which had suggested detailed measures to reduce expenditure.
  
Sep 28 2016 (6:50AM)  ‘Report on reforms before next Parliament session’ (www.thehindu.com)
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Chairman of the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Finance, M. Veerappa Moily, said here on Tuesday that the committee would give its report on the ramifications of the Union Cabinet’s decision on merging the Railway Budget with the General Budget, before the the next Parliament session.
Speaking to presspersons on the sidelines of a function here, he said that the committee would examine its implications on the Railways, the Railway Board, Statistics, Planning and Finance ministries. The committee would have at least three sittings. Mr. Moily said that the matter would be discussed with the Statistics and Planning ministries on September 29. Later. it would be taken up with the Finance Ministry and the Railway Board.
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