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Railways Ministry Announced New Catering Services and Flagged Off Antyodaya Express

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Railways Ministry announces the New Catering Services which separates the functioning of its food and catering or food distribution onboard. As promised in the Rail Budget, the Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu revealed the ministry’s plan regarding food catering services.

To cater the growing demand for services like health and hygienic food these New Catering Services that are announced by the railway minister. For the past few years, the Indian railway is facing the complaints against food quality.

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Suresh Prabhu said, “IRCTC would unbundle catering service by creating distribution primarily between food preparation and its distribution. We will announce the fare structure of Humsafar soon but it will be slightly higher than the normal service”.

Previously the food will be prepared at the state base kitchens and are distributed to the passengers through the service providers of the hospitality industry. In the new policy, the Railways Ministry aimed to attract reputed food-chain members from the market.

With the complaints on food quality, the railways replaced the existing policies after seven years giving back the catering responsibility to the IRCTC (Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corp. Ltd). The New Catering Services was implemented to encourage the e-catering system, and it finalised after taking suggestions from the stakeholders.

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The Railway Minster flagged off the new Antyodaya Express (Train No. 22878/22877) on Monday. The Express will run from Ernakulam to Howrah. It will have cushioned luggage racks and the superfast services provided for the passengers.

Antyodaya Express will have LED lights and the dustbins in each of the compartment. It also has water purifiers, fire extinguishers and also the modular toilets and bio-toilets. Along with Antyodaya Express, the Railway Ministry also flagged off another train, i.e., Humsafar Express (14715/ 14716). It will run from Sriganganagar to Tiruchchirappalli on Tuesday and Thursday.

Railway budget: Jaitley Gives Priority to the Safety of Passengers

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Arun Jaitley had introduced the Union budget 2017-2018 in the parliament today.The First Budget after the demonetization had its significance since people set big hopes.-

Speaking at the presentation, Mr. Jaitley had said that he was feeling very privileged to present the first Budget of independent India that contains railways.

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On Speaking at the Budget session Jaitley said that”For passenger safety, a Rashtriya Rail Sanraksha Kosh will be created with a corpus of INR 1 lakh crores over a period of 5 years. Besides seed capital from the government, the Railways will arrange the balance resources from their revenues and other sources.”

He added that The government would lay down clear cut guidelines, and timeline for implementing various safety works to be funded from this ‘Kosh.’ Unmanned level crossings on Broad Gauge lines will be eliminated by 2020. Expert international assistance will be harnessed to improve safety preparedness and maintenance practices,”

Rail Budget 2017-2018:
  • By 2019, All Indian Railways coaches will be fitted with Bio-Toilets
  • Cashless Railway Bookings have moved up to 68%
  • The Union Budget 2017 allocates the fund of Rs 1 lakh crore for Rail safety with a time limit of 5 years.
  • No Service charges on rail tickets booked through IRCTC
  • Total expenditure allotted for Railways in 2017-18 is Rs 1.31 lakh crore, which includes Rs 55,000 crore to be provided by government.
  • Government to list state-run companies like IRCTC, IRFC, and IRCON on stock exchange to unlock the value of these PSUs
  • 500 railway stations will be made differently-abled friendly by providing lifts and escalators.

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Jaitley had given priority to the railways in the budget after the merger by making key sanctions to the Indian Rail Department. It seems that due to the heavy mishaps and derails the finance minister had given importance to the safety of the people rather than anything.

Indian Railways Now Allows Booking the Short Distance Tickets on Long Distance Trains

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As per the recent announcement, Railway Minister has lifted the restrictions on issuing the short distance tickets for the Sleeper and Ac coaches of the long distance trains. Earlier, short distance passengers are not allowed to get the reservation in Mail and the Express trains for the longer distance routes.

Indian Railways is having long distance routes and short distance train routes. The users are now allowed to book the train tickets from anywhere to anywhere since it is computerised. The main reason behind this new announcement is, for the long distance trains a large number of berths are booked for the short travel. This leads in affecting the seat availability for the long distance travellers. To avoid this distance restriction, this new scheme has introduced.

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According to one of the Senior Railway Officer says “This would often force a passenger intending to travel to closer stations to book a ticket for a longer distance.”

According to the notice dated Jan 5,2017 this decision is applicable for only the reserved class, and the status Quo can prevail for the second class travel for preventing further over-crowding in the latter.

IRCTC Introduces New App Rail Connect with Advanced Security Features

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The Indian Railways is looking forward to easing the process of ticket bookings. In a bid to promote ease of ticketing through digital payments, Railway Minister on January 11, 2017, introduced a new mobile app “IRCTC Rail Connect” for crores of Railway Passengers.

Currently, the IRCTC present running website created more issues and passengers were frustrated on booking tickets. Railway Minister Prabhu Solomon said, “Currently e-ticketing system provides to over 10 lakh passengers daily and to increase the comfort to the users, a new Android-based mobile application for booking railway tickets titled as “IRCTC Rail Connect App” launched.”

Apart from this app, the Railway Minister launched many non-fare initiatives and IRCTC mobile apps.

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Speaking about the new IRCTC rail Connect App, Suresh Prabhu said, “The new mobile app Rail Connect will allow you to book tickets in an easy way and it has been developed to bring the power of next generation e-ticketing system like high performance and enhanced security.” The new mobile app will replace the old app now.

Minster said, “The new application has features like 24/7 service with no time-based checks, synchronization of a mobile app with NGET for booking tickets, simple and easy user interface supports General, Tatkal, and Premium-Tatkal quota.

The IRCTC new app offers other features like the advanced security of self-assigned PIN (Personal Identification Number) to login without entering username and password on every login.

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Railway Minister Prabhu mentioned that a new user registration and activation can now be directly done through the IRCTC Rail Connect. Later he stated that the new App would be integrated with IRCTC e-wallet for faster and stress-free transactions.

“Through IRCTC Rail Connect App users can able to view and also has an option of canceling old mobile app tickets also. The new App will afford payment gateway to over 40 banks to allow digital transactions through Credit Card, Debit Cards, and Net Banking and also mobile wallets like Paytm, PayU, Mobikwik,” he added.

“The IRCTC rail Connect will also be Integrated with IRCTC AIR, Food on Track mobile apps to enable booking of air tickets and food through e-catering.”

IRCTC Plans 2000 ATMs on Platforms and Soon it will be used for Destination Weddings

2000 ATMs on platforms

Indian Railways, which is one the India’s biggest Government organizations to earn huge amount of revenue. However, the interesting thing is that Indian Railways make less than 5% of income through non-fare sources. So, to increase their profits, IRCTC has planned few new schemes, and it will be executed in the coming days.

Railways Minister earlier asked the officials of all the main railway zones to come up with new ideas to increase their share to Rs 2000 crore within a year and finally the Indian Railways has come up with few better ideas and new schemes to generate revenue through non-fare sources.

Establishing 2000 ATMs at Railway Platforms

Indian Railways had come up with innovative ideas for generating revenues, and as a part of that, the organization is giving offers to big banks for installing their ATMs. According to the latest reports, Indian Railways team has already allocated space for establishing 2000 ATMS and the details have been shared with the concerned bank officials.

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There will be a contract period of 10 years via e-auction process. As per latest reports from closed sources, IRTCT will soon establish on-demand entertainment services on the running trains to generate more non-fare revenues. Advertisements will showcase through vinyl paintings on train exterior and interior of coaches including AC coaches also, moreover installation of the major electronic billboards on platforms and use the foot-over-bridges for advertisements by major brands.

For Ad revenues, Branded Trains and Platforms will be used

IRCTC will soon start advertisement contracts for the branded trains and platforms rather than partial contracts for food, outdoor posters, etc. Soon you can see ads like Patanjali Station, Sprite Rajadhani, and Mirindaa Shatabdi, etc.

Rail Platforms will be now Venue for Destination Weddings

Indian Railways has decided to change their platforms into wedding venues and locations where parties can be held. Soon, we can announce destination weddings at railway platforms.

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As per latest update, Surat Station Platform Number 4 would be soon changed into wedding destination as a trail project, if it gets success, and then the same strategy could be extended to other platforms as well.