Thursday, 11 August, 2022
TopicMinistry of Railways

Topic: Ministry of Railways

Modi govt failed to monetise single rail asset in FY22 but has more ambitious plan this year

Lack of interest from private investors last fiscal meant that railways shortfall was covered up by road, power, coal, and mining assets.  

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'

On Camera


Bihar drama isn’t win for secularism. 3 things you are missing in your jubilation

Bihar drama is merely the latest manoeuvre by shrewd Nitish Kumar who has changed sides so often he must wake up every morning and struggle to remember who his allies are.
File photo of Sterlite copper unit at Tuticorin in Tamil Nadu | By special arrangement

Shut since 2018 violence, TN Sterlite plant’s closure cost economy Rs 14,749 cr, says study

Copper plant in Thoothukudi was closed after protests turned violent & police firing left 13 people dead. Job losses one of major impacts, says study by NGO CUTS International.


Representational image | Indian Army soldiers during the Army Day Parade at Cariappa Parade Ground in New Delhi | ANI Photo

Army looks to reduce troops by 2 lakh, deployment in Kashmir could be rejigged

The Army, which faces a shortage of about 1.35 lakh personnel, is aiming to reduce its strength from 12.8 lakh to around 10.8 lakh.

In Kashmir 3 years on, 3 positive changes, 3 things that should’ve happened & 3 that got worse

Kashmir as a crisis has fallen off our headlines and from the top of our collective minds. Which is precisely the most important change for the better.