Big relief to train passengers as Tatkal ticket bookings resume for 230 special trains
In a big relief to train passengers, the Indian Railways has resumed bookings of Tatkal tickets for all 230 special trains from June 29, a service that was stopped in the wake of the novel coronavirus pandemic.
 
The Railways had suspended passenger, mail and express trains during the nationwide lockdown from March 25.
 
A senior Railway Ministry official said here that the public was made aware on May 31 that the Tatkal quota facility could be availed in all special trains from June 29 onwards.
 
"Tatkal bookings were done on Monday for trains commencing from Tuesday," he said.
 
Bookings under Tatkal quota are done a day before the train journey post 10 am for AC seats, and post 11 am for sleeper class seats.
 
Last month, before running the 200 pairs of special trains, the Railways had resumed 30-day advance bookings at railway station reservation counters.
 
The Railways had also said that reservation against cancellation (RAC) tickets and waiting-list tickets will be issued in these trains but waitlisted passengers will not be allowed to board the trains.
 
The Railways is currently operating 230 special trains across the country and these would be the only trains operating after July 1 as in an earlier announcement the Railways had cancelled all regular trains scheduled between July 1 and August 12.
 
A Ministry spokesperson had earlier said that the advance reservation period for the 30 Special Rajdhani and 200 special mail and express trains had been increased from 30 days to 120 days, giving passengers more time to plan their journeys.
 
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    tillan2k

    4 days ago

    Greed of Govt has no limits it wants revenue from both the ends , reducing expenditure by reducing facilities and increasing revenue by increasing prices

    Unlock 2: No bar, pass for inter-state travel, Home Secy to states
    Union Home Secretary Ajay Bhalla on Monday wrote to Chief Secretaries of all states and Union Territories, making it clear that there shall be absolutely no hindrance in inter-state or intra-state movements of individuals or goods. No separate permits or passes will be required for the same, he said.
     
    He also intimated the states about the new exemptions of Unlock 2 that will kick in from Wednesday, as well as asking them to strictly comply with the restrictions that the Centre continues to remain.A
     
    While informing about the opening up of economic activities, Bhalla said: "Lockdown, however, shall continue to be implemented strictly in the continent zones till 31 July, 2020 with strict perimeter controls and strict enforcement of containment measures as per guidelines of the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW)."
     
    Noting that the new guidelines, issued Monday, are based on feedback received from states and UTs, and extensive consultations held with related Central Ministries and Departments, he said that training institutions of the Central and state governments will be allowed to function with effect from July 15.
     
    However, the Home Secretary empahsised that compliance of imposed restrictions is very necessary. "I would like to reiterate again that states/Union Territories cannot dilute restrictions imposed vide the aforesaid guidelines issued by the MHA," he cautioned. However, the states will be free to prohibit activities outside containment zones, which are otherwise allowed by the Centre, if they find it necessary.
     
    The Centre announced the guidelines for Lockdown 2 on Monday night which it said will be in force till July 31. Almost all activities are being allowed outside containment zones save a few like operation of schools, and colleges, Metro rail services, international travel among others.
     
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    jjain782

    1 day ago

    Government wants everybody to be garib so that it can do Kalyan for all

    Greed for Revenue Keeps Petrol, Diesel Prices High Even in Low Oil Price Market
    The economic crisis triggered by the COVID-19 pandemic has once again shifted attention of the Centre and the states towards the oil sector to generate additional revenue for meeting the spending needs for exigencies.
     
    The milking of the sector for revenue has gone to such an extent that common consumers have turned into beasts of burden carrying the load of higher Central and state taxes and paying for jacked up auto fuel prices at a time when global oil prices remain moderate after the historic pricing crash witnessed in early May.
     
    Since March this year, just before the nation-wide lock-down was announced, the Centre has raised excise duty on petrol and diesel by an unprecedented Rs13 and Rs16 per litre, respectively, in two instalments. This itself will provide the Centre additional revenue to the tune of Rs2,25,000 crore in one full year. 
     
    Moreover, the Centre can further raise duty on the two products by Rs 3-6 per litre, thereby raising another Rs50,000 crore-Rs60,000 crore. So, the total earnings for the Centre from petroleum products itself could top Rs2,75,000 crore in additional revenue besides over Rs2,15,000 that it already gets in a year as excise revenue from the petroleum sector. 
     
    The states are not far behind with Haryana, Tamil Nadu, Maharashtra, Karnataka, West Bengal, Uttarakhand, Delhi and a few others raising VAT on petroleum products to meet the shortfall in their GST collections. 
     
    The state governments' revenue from the levy of sales tax/VAT on petroleum products has been rising consistently since 2014-15 when it stood at Rs1,37,157 crore, to Rs2,01,265 crore in 2018-19. In 2019-20, the states have earned Rs2,00,247 crore from taxes on petroleum products. 
     
    All this has come at a time when oil markets globally have become favourable for major energy importing countries like India that meets over 85 per cent of its oil needs through imports. 
     
    Even now, global oil prices are more than 40 per cent lower than the January levels but retail prices of petrol and diesel have overshot the January levels, much to the discomfort of the consumers who are already bearing the brunt of the economic crisis with salary cuts or job losses or severe squeezing of business operations. 
     
    "The greed for revenue has always turned governments towards petroleum products which have now become easy to tax without much backlash. But the situation has denied the consumers of an opportunity to pay for petrol and diesel at almost 2005-06 prices that would have been a big relief for them in this difficult period," said an oil sector analyst, who asked not to be named. 
     
    International crude prices are hovering at around $41 a barrel. At similar level of crude prices or a bit higher in the years 2004-05, 2015-16 and 2016-17, the retail price of petrol hovered around Rs35 a litre, Rs60 a litre and Rs65 a litre, respectively. 
     
    Diesel prices during these years moved from Rs39 a litre to Rs45 and Rs52 a litre on an average. But the retail price of petrol and diesel on Monday stood at Rs80.43 and Rs80.53 a litre, respectively, in Delhi even though crude is around $41 a barrel. 
     
    "Petrol and diesel prices could have fallen to unprecedented low levels in April and May when crude dropped to just about $20 a barrel. But tax increases kept with oil companies did not allow to raise retail prices, and kept consumers from savouring the benefit of low fuel prices," the analyst quoted earlier said. 
     
    Even though the Centre and state governments raised taxes on the two petroleum products, oil companies were asked not to raise the retail prices since March 14. So when, oil companies were given a go ahead and they stared daily price revision, petrol and diesel prices went up on 22 of the 23 days since June 7 by over Rs11 per litre even though during this period global oil market remained fairly stable with crude hovering between $40 and $42 a barrel. 
     
    Taxes on petroleum products and its non-inclusion into the GST fold is the prime reason why it has become the milking cow for governments for any exigencies. Picture this, the base price of both petrol and diesel is around Rs22 per litre, but the retail price is Rs80 a litre, meaning that taxes account for more than 200% of the price of the product. 
     
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    mukul.audguy

    5 days ago

    In my opinion, Government isn't a for-profit institution wherein greed motivates them to take certain steps to enhance revenues. Fiscal deficit is already expected to be 10-20% of GDP, and borrowing indiscriminately from the future isn't always the best step to take. Oil is perfectly placed to be taxed higher to make-up for the revenue shortfall, especially now that the crude prices are historically low. And the end-product prices aren't over-the-top that they'll impact consumption.

    Ramesh Popat

    5 days ago

    True! but in the overall present situation, it is not too bad!
    inflation may be imminent but inevitable evil! marta kya nahi
    karta! economy and survival is supreme!

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