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Dec 09 2016 (07:44)  Suresh Prabhu proposes: Give up your Railway ticket subsidy (
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Asking people to give up their fare subsidy voluntarily, special weekend fares for some trains, last-minute discounts on vacant berths — these are some of the ideas proposed by Railways Minister Suresh Prabhu to boost the earnings of the Indian Railways.
Prabhu sent the suggestions in a note to the Railway Board on November 24. Sources said relevant policy interventions would be firmed up in a few days.
However, officials said, asking people to give up their fare subsidy may prove tricky.
the case of the Petroleum Ministry, the bank accounts of customers were linked to their LPG connections. So it was easier to ask people to give up their cooking gas subsidy.

Since a similar model may not work for the Railways, a new structure is being worked out, starting with a pilot project for e-tickets only.
For some time now, the Railways has been stating on its tickets that only 57 per cent of the cost of the journey is recovered through the fare. This gives the impression that 43 per cent is the quantum of subsidy on each ticket, although the current accounting system in the department does not give the exact cost.
The department is now in the process of overhauling its accounting system. For the pilot project, ideas like providing some “slabs” of subsidy surrender are doing the rounds. This means that a passenger may get to choose how much of the subsidy he is willing to give up.
Prabhu has also stressed on special fares for sectors in popular Rajdhani/ Shatabdi routes which do not see much patronage. Sources close to Prabhu said this move could be a way to compete with other commercial transport options in the sub-200-km distance category.
Currently, a tentative last-minute discount of 10 per cent on vacant berths is being discussed. Prabhu has said that rationalisation of the last “flexi-fare” to get passengers for vacant berths would be a good idea. However, the issue of informing the public about the last-minute vacancies is yet to be resolved.
Senior officials said the ideas would be implemented in various forms because the Railway Board had found them useful and doable.
Meanwhile, Railways is in the process of linking its various passenger concessions with Aadhaar, starting with concessions for senior citizens.
While the passenger business is approximately a Rs 50,000-crore pie, Railways is staring at a shortfall of at least Rs 20,000 crore by the end of this fiscal.

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Dec 14 2016 (14:45)
Kishor*^~   4683 blog posts   124 correct pred (63% accurate)
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:Give Up Subsidy for Nation
:Give Up Your Comforts for Nation
:Give Up Your Life for Nation....
Has Any Leader done any TWO of these ?
because subsidy must have been given up by them,
but what about salary ?

Dec 14 2016 (14:55)
LHB for Begampura Exp~   833 blog posts
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this RM is only focused on how to increse earning of railway which is good but the manner he used to achieves its object is not good in my opinion, flexi rate is just like charging more frm the needy in other words take the advantage of others restraints, jaisa phle rural area m local money lenders krte the

Dec 14 2016 (15:08)
Kishor*^~   4683 blog posts   124 correct pred (63% accurate)
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Previously everyone sympathized with his 'fare increase spree' but now everyone is getting fed up with his obsessive actions:
On one hand he is making IR look like charming lady
On one hand he says resources are scarce
on one hand he asks for safety fund from Govt and then he asks for Fare increase
one hand he can not cure the problems of railways even after 30 months
First priority should be on cleanliness and safety,
second priority on Comfortable journey
Third priority should be strengthening tracks and bridges and tunnels and signals
But everywhere the POPULATION burden forces him to temporary patchwork here and there....
Why LEADERS cannot sit together and workout a time frame formula
"India will WORK WORK and WORK for 20 years, like China AND the Game of democracy can be played later....
Nation and People are crubling under weight of debt, interest and low GDP , YET we are bent upon maintaing our dubious democratic Framework....
Supreme court asks Govt to make rules for 'National Anthem' and same supreme court can not see 'Population Bomb" that is bleeping 'emergeny' time and about to blast any time
We have costly Judiciary Costly Executives Costly Democratic Framework but we can not Feed millions of Poor can not give them two time meal enough water enough space to live in right education, health, life...
and we are proud to call ourselves the largest Democracy...
and world guru ....

Dec 14 2016 (15:24)
Indian railways Project Swarn is great idea^~   87550 blog posts   5325 correct pred (78% accurate)
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More trains should be branded to earn extra income....but public should not be burdened

Dec 14 2016 (15:33)
©The Dark Lord™~   8701 blog posts   2 correct pred (67% accurate)
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This scheme will be implemented on a voluntarily basis so if you don't find the Idea of forgoing your Subsidy good then then don't do that. No one will force me, you or anyone else for that.

Dec 14 2016 (15:41)
SRG*^~   36102 blog posts   188488 correct pred (76% accurate)
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No such questions pls you could well be picturised as a anti-nationalist....

Dec 14 2016 (15:42)
LHB for Begampura Exp~   833 blog posts
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Dec 14 2016 (15:51)
LHB for Begampura Exp~   833 blog posts
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Its a truth that aftr incresing fare the facilities are not improving in tht proportn, trns run late as usual, coachs are dirty, maintaince of trns & stns are same as it was 10 yrs bck, rate of accidents are same, no solutions for fog thn whts the logic behind increasing the fare...they increase fare only to pay salary to railway staff according to 6th or 7th pay comision

Dec 14 2016 (17:22)
Kishor*^~   4683 blog posts   124 correct pred (63% accurate)
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hehehe hehehe
Now #Moderator is requested to provide smileys so that some flavor of emotions can also be added :)
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