Highlights of the Railway Budget for 2011-12

* No hike in passenger fare and freight rates. * Earnings for 2010-11 set to exceed Rs.1 lakh crore. * A separate sports cadre to be created. * Highest ever Plan outlay of Rs. 57, 630 crore proposed for Railways. * Rs.10,000 crore to be raised through railway bonds. * Scholarship for Girl child of Group-D railway employees increased to Rs.1200 per month. * Recruitment for 1.75 lakh vacancies of Group ‘C’ and ‘D’ including to fill up backlog of SC/ST initiated, 16,000 ex-servicemen to be inducted by March 2011. * Medical facilities extended to dependent parents of the Railway employees. * Decided to set-up rail-based industries. * Passing through a difficult phase; 97 percent increase in expenditure in 2010-11 due to implementation of Sixth Pay Commission report. * Loss of Rs.3,500 crore in 2010-11. * Ten-year backlog of 1.75 lakh jobs being addressed; 16,000 ex-servicemen to be given jobs in railways. * Safety first priority; accident rate has come down. * Anti-collision device, successful in North West Frontier Railway, to be extended to three more zonal railways. * Railways always been a soft target but law and order a state subject. If railways are blocked in one region, this has a snowballing effect in other parts of the country. * Will add 180 km of rail lines in 2011-12. * All-India security helpline set up.* New Durantos to be run on Allahabad-Mumbai, Pune-Ahmedabad, Sealdah-Puri, Secunderabad-Visakhapatnam, Madurai-Chennai routes, among others. * Rail linkage to Gujarat from Delhi-Mumbai freight corridor. * Integrated suburban network to be set up in Mumbai, Chennai, Ahmedabad and other cities; suburban system of Hyderabad to be strengthened. * Mumbai suburban system’s EMU coaches to be increased from nine to 12. * Pradhan Mantri Rail Vikas Yojna to be launched. * Industrial park to be set up in Nandigram, West Bengal. * Railways to set up factory in Jammu and Kashmir. * To set up Metro coach factory at Singur, West Bengal. * First coach from Rae Bareli factory to roll out in next three months. * Work on wagon factory in Orissa to begin after land is acquired. * Manipur capital Imphal to be soon connected to railway network. * Centre for excellence in software to be set up at Darjeeling. * Fund to be created for socially desirable projects. * Central Organistaion for Project Implemtaiton created; will create accountability for nonperformance. * 20 additional hostels for children of railway employees to be set up. * Work on upgrading 442 stations to be completed by March 31. * Decision to start pilot projects to give shelter to homeless people living along the tracks in Mumbai. * Multi-purpose smart card to be introduced for all-India travel.* Airport-like trolleys to be provided at more stations. * 56 new Express Trains, 3 new Shatabdis and 9 Duronto trains to be introduced. * Upgraded class of air conditioned travel to be introduced shortly. * To adopt modern technology through centres of academic excellence. * 2011-12 declared ‘Year of Green Energy’ for Railways. * Age for senior citizen’s concession reduced to 58 from 60. * Concession for physically handicapped and gallantry award winners for travel in Rajdhani and Shatabdi expresses. * 50 percent concession for mediapersons with families to be increased from once to twice a year. * AC Double Decker services on Jaipur-Delhi and Ahmedabad-Mumbai routes. * New Super AC Class to be introduced.

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