Finance Minister Arun Jaitley in his Union Finances at this time introduced creation of a Railway Surksha Kosh (Rail Security Fund) with a corpus of Rs 1 lakh crore to be created over a interval of 5 years and Railways will get Rs 1,31,000 crore for capex and growth expenditure in 2017-18. He additionally mentioned that Railways will remove all of the unmanned degree crossings by 2020. For the primary ever time after 1921, the railway finances has been merged within the union finances. This can be a departure from the colonial follow that has outlived its utility.
The Finance Minister introduced that by 2019, all coaches of Indian Railways will likely be fitted with Bio-toilets. SMS based mostly Clear My Coach Service has been began. He mentioned that Metro rail will get a lift with a brand new metro rail coverage to be unveiled and Railway tariffs to be fastened on the premise of value, social obligation and competitors. Telugu Information On-line,The 500 stations will likely be otherwise abled by offering lifts and escalators and Authorities proposes Coach Mitra facility to redress grievances associated to rail coaches No improve in rail fares or freight charges. No new trains are additionally proposed. Service cost on e-tickets booked by way of IRCTC has been withdrawn. The Authorities focus, nonetheless will likely be on Swachh rail. He additionally directed municipal authorities to put in LED lights in all of the municipalities throughout the State by the top of Ugadi pageant. He additional needed city well being centres to be setup and requested the civic our bodies to ahead proposal on this regard. Reviewing the HMDA grasp plan, Rao directed the authorities to submit a report based mostly on the strategies and objections over the clubbing of villages, mandals, and districts within the grasp plan. Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi expressing his discontent over the Union Finances offered by finance minister Arun Jaitly at this time, mentioned that proposals contained little for farmers or the youth. He mentioned that this can be a finances of sher-o-shayari (poetry), there’s nothing for farmers or the youth. “We were expecting fireworks, instead got a damp squib,” he added. Gandhi requested whether or not Jaitley had unveiled any measures to test a spate of rail accidents and mentioned any steps to wash up political funding can be supported by the Congress. Stating that the Finance Minister made a “good speech”, he nonetheless added that job creation discovered no point out within the finances. Talking on railways, Rahul mentioned the security report below this authorities is “very bad”.
Congress chief Mallikarjun Kharge alleged that the Finances is professional wealthy and professional corporates. On Telugu Information On-line, political funding restrict within the Finances, Kharge mentioned his celebration believes in transparency. Congress spokesperson Manish Tewari reiterated Rahul’s feedback saying that the finances was “rhetorical” and had “precious little” by way of job creation.