Tuesday, 25 January, 2022
TopicMinistry of Railways

Topic: Ministry of Railways

More exclusivity, alternate paths — what Railways could offer to private players to run trains

The final bids for 150 private trains, scheduled to begin operations on 109 routes by 2023, are expected to come by 31 March.

More private trains, higher spending, green energy focus — what Rail Budget could look like

Ministry of Railways has sought a rise in its capital expenditure from the existing Rs 1.6 lakh crore to 1.8 lakh crore. But the actual increase could only be up to Rs 8,000 crore.

Railway officers upset over Board’s decision to stop recruitment of bungalow peons

New Delhi: The Railway Board’s move to stop further recruitment of bungalow peons —officially known as telephone attendant-cum-dak khalasis (TADKs) posted at the residences...

Railways merger plan — new officers could come via common exam, old ones to remain in silos

Existing officers would continue in their departments, while the new officers could be recruited into a common IRMS. Railways spokesperson says matter is being deliberated upon.

Railways could soon scrap pantry car services to generate additional Rs 1,400 crore revenue

Services of pantry cars, attached to around 350 pairs of trains, were temporarily discontinued due to the pandemic. These could now be replaced with AC-3 tier coaches.

PMO to ‘intervene’ in Rs 1,500 cr signalling project as tender cost becomes a red flag

The project stems from an MoU signed between Railways and REL in June last year, and aims to overhaul India’s antiquated manual signalling system.

Bombardier, Vedanta & GMR among 16 companies interested in running private trains in India

These companies took part in the first pre-application conference for running private trains Tuesday. The Modi government has moved to privatise 151 trains.

To boost revenue, Railways offers discounts if customers book ‘round-trip’ freight haulage

Ministry of Railways writes to zonal managers, stating that the railways must start competing with road transports who offer round-trip discounts on goods.

Railways cancels all regular passenger trains until 30 June, Shramik Specials to continue

New order says tickets booked for passenger trains for a period up to 30 June 'may be cancelled and full refund generated'

Modi govt claims it’s paying 85% of migrants trains’ cost but has no ‘ticket’ to prove it

Railway officials say if fares are being borne by states, Centre’s claim of paying 85% is inexplicable, and there’s no official communication explaining it.

On Camera

YourTurn

Why Federal Reserve will no longer have pandemic-era investors’ backs

Inflation is top of mind for all leaders in Washington and US President Joe Biden, whose approval ratings are sliding, appears less inclined to count on hope as a strategy.

SEBI seeks tighter environmental, social & governance rules to address risk of greenwashing

In a consultation paper released Monday, SEBI said increasing reliance on unregulated ESG rating providers poses risks to investor protection, transparency & efficiency of markets.

Defence

File photo of Scorpene-class submarine 'INS Vela', at the Naval Dockyard in Mumbai | ANI

Kamov choppers, submarine torpedoes among deals defence ministry will review this week

Ministry is reviewing all procurement under the ‘Buy (Global)’ category, under which equipment is bought directly from foreign manufacturers, amid govt's 'Atmanirbhar' push.

Modi vs non-BJP CMs: When most popular isn’t all-powerful & why Centre-state ties will worsen

Modi’s inability to win many states, and the huge popularity his rivals enjoy there, is pushing Indian politics in a more robustly federal direction.
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