Passport troubles in Pune: One agent assures online appointments for Rs200

Naresh Kevalramani, a passport applicant from Pune has been seeking appointment online for the last whole week but did not get it. He has been assured an appointment by a passport agent. Will TCS and the Regional Passport Office still blink despite this evidence?

The trauma of getting an online appointment after an applicant has filled his online application form for getting his new passport or renewing passport continues to haunt citizens in Pune.

 

While the efforts of the Pune Passport Grievance Forum (PPGF) has resulted in sporadic efficiency, the overall dismal picture of online appointments evading the applicant for weeks, the pre- and post-police verification issues continue. Similarly, the “hell care” attitude of citizens at the Passport offices run by the ministry of external affairs and the Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) respectively has also been reported.

 

Following is an example of a forthright citizen Naresh Kevalramani, who has applied for renewal of the passports of his wife and son, but has not been able to get his appointment online since the past week. Finally, a passport agent assured him an appointment. Kevalramani has shown guts as a citizen to come out in the open and forward the email of the passport agent, instead of keeping quiet and getting his personal work done through these means. If many more Kevalramanis come out in the open, exposing passport agents, it could make a difference.

 

Kevalramani has been writing these emails to me in my capacity as the Convener of Pune Passport Grievance Forum. Reply to his emails and subsequently his emails to me have been copied to senior officers of TCS—Tanmoy Chakrabarty, Pradipta Bagchi, Ashis Babu and Manoj Raghav, as also to Muktesh Pardeshi, Chief Passport Officer; Shakuntala Rane and Regional Passport Officer. However, none of them have had the courtesy to reply.

 

Finally Kevalramani wrote to a passport agent called Sahil:

“On 2/26/13, Naresh Kevalramani <[email protected]> wrote: Hi Salil, Can you help me to book appointment for PSK Pune.

Kindly inform the charges.

Regards,

 

Sahil writes: From: SahiL <[email protected]>Date: Tuesday, February 26, 2013 11:29 PM

To: Naresh Kevalramani <[email protected]>

Subject: Re: PSK Appointment

Thanks for your mail. Sir i can book an appointment for you at Pune PSK, for this the charges shall be Rs200, and you have to pay this amount after the booking of appointment, payment options:-

SBI & AXIS BANK, by net banking or directly deposit to these banks account.Plz. Reply ASAP”

 

I have forwarded this mail to the TCS and MEA’s passport authorities stating: “Oh my God—this is shocking Nareshji. Mr Raghav and Ms Rane could you please take immediate action on this agent? If not, it means there is a nexus between your employees and agents who are TOTALLY ILLEGAL!

Vinita

 

The following mail trail between Kevalramani and me reveals the trauma passport applicants face:

From: Naresh Kevalramani <[email protected]>
Date: Monday, February 25, 2013 3:26 PM

For the last one week, I am trying to get the appointment for passport application filled in for my wife and son (case of passport expiry). I find that the appointment are begun to be allotted around 3 pm and within 4 to 5 minutes all slots become full and the system is shut down. 

I do not understand as to how I can get an appointment. I am trying for the last one week but unable to get the appointment. Twice I was successful but as soon as I selected the timing, I was logged out. Kindly help. 

Best Regards, 

Naresh.”

 

My reply/forwarded to Regional Passport Officer, Shakuntala Rane and Kevalramani:

“Dear Mrs Rane,

Please find below a complaint by Mr Naresh Kevalramamani who is not getting his online appointment. I am asking him to ‘walk-in’ at your office. Please do the needful

cheers and warm rgds

Vinita

 

Dear Mr Kevalramani

Please visit the Passport Office, Senapati Bapat Road, during working hours of any working day and get your appointment there.  I suggest you visit the passport office and meet Ms Rane, Regional Passport Officer or Ms Arora, Assistant Passport Officer, both of whom are very open to addressing complaints and will surely give you an appointment immediately. You may call Ms Rane or Ms Arora on 020-25675419. If you don't get thru her landline no. you may call Ms Rane on her cell no 08xxxxxx2.

All the best,

Vinita”

 

Kevalramani’s response to me:

“Hi Vinita, 

 

Thanks for your prompt response and support. 

 

I again tried today to get the online appointment. I was online since 2.45 pm on my broadband connection at home which is a AIRTEL 2 MBPS speed connected to my computer (Apple Mac Book Air) so no hardware or software issues. Only one laptop connected to the connection. 

 

Today, I selected the time of 12.30 to 12.45 pm for 05 March and when asked to put in the confirmation code I put in the same and waited for the appointment confirmation. Instead of getting the confirmation I was logged out of the system. The system closed at 3.04 pm saying that all appointments are full today. So in effect one gets only 4 minutes to book the appointment which is impractical and unrealistic. 

 

The same thing has happened twice before and I do not understand what type of a system this is built by TCS. 

 

In fact when the application form is submitted on line the appointment should be given, the appointment can be for a later date say 15 or even 20 days later. Trying to get the appointment is becoming a daily ritual with no success. 

 

I see a number of people who have been marked a copy of this mail. Can we citizens of India expect a realistic and practical system of working rather than this 4 minute slot everyday. 

 

Await response from any one of the above people who have been marked copies and are part of the system. 

 

Best Regards, 

 

Naresh”



My appeal to TCS officials since e-governance is their responsibility:
 

“Dear Mr Bagchi and Mr Raghav
This is a very serious problem and common occurrence. Pl immediately address this problem. Please treat this as SOS
Rgds
 

Vinita”


Kevalramani writes to TCS officials with cc to me:
 

“Dear Mr Bagchi and Mr Raghav, 

 

Though I am not a software engineer but an avid user of Internet since the last 15 years and use the net extensively for banking, online air and rail ticket booking, bill payments, etc. 

 

Nowhere, I have seen such a system wherein the user makes the selection (in this case the appointment time) and is immediately logged out or that slot taken by some other individual. Even for airlines/ trains/ cinema tickets, I recollect that the slot (reservation) is available for 5 minutes for the user to confirm and proceed ahead with the payment. 

 

Anyway, I am an individual and will somehow manage to get the appointment by personally meeting the passport officers but as a system, this needs a drastic improvement to make it user friendly and instill confidence in the citizens that passport application process is an easy process and not a pain, as currently it is. 

 

Regards, 

Naresh”

 

My reply with cc to TCS officials addressed in Kevalramani’s mail:

“Yes, many passport applicants are frustrated at this inability to get appointments. I urge the RPO and TCS officials to check whether there is an alleged nexus between the agents and employees of the Passport office. How is it that agents can assure appointment and get it done immediately? I am sure this is not rocket science and if TCS has the will, it can immediately solve the problem. This is sheer citizen harassment.

Please take action, Sirs.

rgds

Vinita”

 

Kevalramani after trying for an appointment again, writes a mail to me:
 

“The same sequence of events happened today….

 

I selected a time slot of late noon hours  and filled in the security code (the alpha numeric code seen on the captcha), immediately after this the system logged me out and on the second attempt to login and get the appointment, all appointments are booked. 

 

The system was open for exactly 4 minutes. 

 

Can somebody from TCS advise and tip me on the trick to get the appointment ???????

 

Regards, 

 

Naresh”


Finally Kevalramani writes to a passport agent called Sahil

 

“Hi Vinita, 

 

Pasted below the correspondence I had with one of the agent who has openly posted on a website saying that he can manage appointment for any PSK in India. 

 

I asked him his charges and sent him a mail yesterday evening which was promptly replied by him confirming the charges at Rs 200 for each appointment made by him. Payment to be made after the appointment is booked. 

 

You can also send him a mail and ask him his charges. 

 

Regards, 

Naresh”

 

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(Vinita Deshmukh is the consulting editor of Moneylife, an RTI activist and convener of the Pune Metro Jagruti Abhiyaan. She is the recipient of prestigious awards like the Statesman Award for Rural Reporting which she won twice in 1998 and 2005 and the Chameli Devi Jain award for outstanding media person for her investigation series on Dow Chemicals. She co-authored the book “To The Last Bullet - The Inspiring Story of A Braveheart - Ashok Kamte” with Vinita Kamte and is the author of “The Mighty Fall”.)

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    6 years ago

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    vijay

    8 years ago

    to the respected author of this post , and post related to passport issue .
    Mam, i have been trying to get appointment to submit my application form , but it has been months and i am unable to submit the application ,
    no matter how early i start in the end i get the same error message ,
    the message state 500 appointments books , all slots full try next day .
    what can be done regarding this non sense ? Is there anyway to fight with these kind of problem ? Kindly help me and guide me how can I fight with these autocracies of agency .

    REPLY

    PRADEEP SATHYE

    In Reply to vijay 8 years ago

    I HAVE BEEN SUCCESSFUL IN GETTING APPOINTMENT ONLINE BUT WITH GREAT DIFFICULTY. TWO OF US SAT, LOGGED ON TO THE SITE. WE ADJUSTED OUR WATCHES TO THE TIME AS ON THE SITE, AND AT EXACTLY SHARP 3.0 PM WE HIT THE KEY. THEN THERE WERE THREE CAPCHA TO BE DONE. I WAS READING THE CHARACTERS AND THE OTHER PERSON WAS TYPING IT FAST.I MANAGED TO GET THE APPOINTEMENT. I DID NOT BOTHER WHAT WAS THE APPOINTMENT. JUST ACCEPTED AND ON 5TH MARCH I GOT APPOINTMENT FOR 12 THE MARCH BRAVO RATHER EUREKA THAT IS WHAT I SHOUTED.
    THIS WAS ONLY FOR ONE APPOINTMENT WHEN I TRIED FOR ANOTHER APPOINTMENT IT WAS ALL OVER.FULL IN THREE MINUTES.
    I AM READY TO TAKE THE LEAD AND LET US MARCH TO TOI AND EXPRESS OFFICE AND RAISE THIS ISSUE.
    PLEASE LET US COME TOGETHER SAY SOME 50 STRONG GROUP AND PLAN IT FOR NEXT THURSDAY.
    MY EMAIL ID IS [email protected].

    anyone can contact me on 9422513200 or 9158004292



    Ashok

    8 years ago

    Its sheer lack of will and wrong intentions behind such crap system. Otherwise it can be hard to put a better and more functional system in place. See the PAN card system, where ever govt need a spy eye to monitor us they are very efficient, for rest of things its pathetic & limpy
    like old dog.

    Ashok

    8 years ago

    I like many more others have had similar sequence of events with booking appointment at Pune PSK, but a successful booking
    still eludes me. Meanwhile I contacted an agent in Kharadi Pune who promises to book me an appointment at a fees. Of-course I don't want to go though him.

    Let me know if more details are needed. What I would want is this nexus be exposed and a better system be placed. An automatic appointment at the time of online application filling can be an option.

    REPLY

    PRADEEP SATHYE

    In Reply to Ashok 8 years ago

    I HAVE BEEN SUCCESSFUL IN GETTING APPOINTMENT ONLINE BUT WITH GREAT DIFFICULTY. TWO OF US SAT, LOGGED ON TO THE SITE. WE ADJUSTED OUR WATCHES TO THE TIME AS ON THE SITE, AND AT EXACTLY SHARP 3.0 PM WE HIT THE KEY. THEN THERE WERE THREE CAPCHA TO BE DONE. I WAS READING THE CHARACTERS AND THE OTHER PERSON WAS TYPING IT FAST.I MANAGED TO GET THE APPOINTEMENT. I DID NOT BOTHER WHAT WAS THE APPOINTMENT. JUST ACCEPTED AND ON 5TH MARCH I GOT APPOINTMENT FOR 12 THE MARCH BRAVO RATHER EUREKA THAT IS WHAT I SHOUTED.
    THIS WAS ONLY FOR ONE APPOINTMENT WHEN I TRIED FOR ANOTHER APPOINTMENT IT WAS ALL OVER.FULL IN THREE MINUTES.
    I AM READY TO TAKE THE LEAD AND LET US MARCH TO TOI AND EXPRESS OFFICE AND RAISE THIS ISSUE.
    PLEASE LET US COME TOGETHER SAY SOME 50 STRONG GROUP AND PLAN IT FOR NEXT THURSDAY.
    MY EMAIL ID IS [email protected].

    anyone can contact me on 9422513200 or 9158004292

    Anurag

    8 years ago

    Are we looking at worse version of IRCTC in making?

    REPLY

    Manoj

    In Reply to Anurag 7 years ago

    Haha Buddy same feelings the time i came to know TCS will operate it now i had the feeling that it should not be bad version of IRCTC

    PRADEEP SATHYE

    8 years ago

    BUT WHAT IS THE FINAL OUTCOME

    Prakash Kundur

    8 years ago

    Hi,
    I am from Bangalore. The ordeal faced by Mr Naresh is the same that I am going through.Every step followed by me and him are the same.

    In Bangalore the bookings open from 6:00 PM.I log in at 5.55PM and at 6:00PM some days even before getting an appointment slot, the passport office server is overloaded and becomes slow.It is back to normal when you get the message saying all the 625 slots have been bookedand to try the next working day at 6:PM.You sit in front of the system the next day praying that all is working well.You may be lucky to go to an appointment slot and the system will not take you forward or you are logged out.By the time you re log in and key in the password, alpha numeric code the day's quota is over.

    AS rightly pointed out, once somebody has clicked on a particular time slot, there should be an opportunity for him to complete the transaction within a reasonable time of at least a minute or two.The system because of overload will be slow and you can't do much.The whole 625 slots are filled up in a matter of 2/3 minutes and at 6:04 you are informed that the day's quota number is over.What do you do??

    This has been repeatedly happening day after day for the past week. Thinking that I should not be encouraging touts I have not gone to them yet. But it appears that I have no choice.

    Also as pointed out by Naresh, why should the booking be available for only one day?So much time and effort is wasted everyday by thousands of people.
    Why should it be so difficult?
    Even the US consulate where we need to fix an appointment it is not so difficult.You have a choice of many days and of course not a particular time on that day of your choice.

    My passport is to be renewed after expiry of 10 years.There is no change in address or any of the personal details.It should be a simple and straight forward process. The passport office can receive our application and old passport at a counter physically and take their time for reissue. But we can't go and do this without fixing an appointment which has become such an ordeal.

    Can you please do something for the Bangalore PSK to help citizens and not encourage touts.
    IF NOT A RELIABLE TOUT WHO CAN FIX THE APPOINTMENT EASILY.

    arun

    8 years ago

    I keep getting complaints on my consumer help website http://www.consumergrievance.com about Thane passport office where agents charge Rs 200 for just filling the form and other amounts for getting appointment.
    Even the online forms do not open at times when you try from home, but these forms open when agents log in.
    In one case the agent's staff added a middle name (which was not required as per the old passport). The passport was made in wrong name. It is a big concern that if the agent submits application, you can get a passport even in wrong name !!
    This is the security at Thane passport office. Everything is possible if you take the help of FRIENDLY agent who knows people inside passport office. You can get passport in any name you want that too with police verification.

    Arun Saxena
    http://www.consumergrievance.com

    Veeresh Malik

    8 years ago

    Here in Delhi the asking rates start from 700/- rupees and upwards. The agents are bold enough to advertise on JUSTDIAL.

    http://www.justdial.com/Delhi/passport-a...


    Krishna

    8 years ago

    Aha, not sure if this is some unholy nexus between TCS and agents or is it simply a problem of a badly designed system. The trick to get an appointment is to open two tabs in the browser and logging into the passport site from both the tabs. Then, close to 3 PM, you try book the appointment from both the tabs, the first tab will invariably hang/timeout, but then you will get through from the second tab. Apparently this is common knowledge available on certain internet sites.

    However the experience inside the PSK isn't much better with I having to wait for about 1 hour 45 minutes inside after submitting the documents at the main counter.

    Anurag

    8 years ago

    Unfortunately, this is the story for all centers. My sister is try to get an appointment in Ghaziabad center without any success. There agent is asking for INR 1500 and slots get over in 2 mins.

    Quality of meals on airlines is losing out to Indian Railways

    The quality of inflight meals aboard Indian airlines have drastically come down while the Indian Railways seems to be going from strength to strength. It is time for a rethink in the way airlines serve flyers

    So, how many of us remember the meals on domestic flights within India, which were good enough to discuss at home? As a matter of fact, for many, the inflight meal was best part of flying. Take a look at just some of the photographs from those days, not too long ago.


     

    Even the thali served outside Delhi’s domestic departure, before privatisation, reared its ugly head and laid low all pretences of decent meals at terminals. Take a look at this photo

    Indigo Airlines

     

    And then came the great low-fare no-frills revolution. Here, for example, is what you got free of charge on Indigo when they started—a barf bag and a bottle of water.

     

    Soon thereafter, you could start buying sandwiches and soft drinks and stuff, and to-date, their purchased food onboard is one of the best. Plus, they don't make such a fuss if you bring your own onboard, they gladly provide napkins too.

    SpiceJet

     

    SpiceJet, in the beginning, used to give free cookies. People started grabbing them by the bucket. End of cookies.

     

    It then started with these really healthy whole wheat sandwiches, alas, not found onboard anymore.

     

     

    Kingfisher Red

     

    Kingfisher Red tried to make amends but it was too late. Still, the concept of its free hot meal in a box was fun.

     

    Go Air

     

    Go Air, when it started, had some really mixed up offerings, like this one below:
     

     

    Later on, they got better:


    Air Deccan

     

    Air Deccan, of course, was from a different planet, so to speak. They tried to refuse me free drinking water. Then, I threw the rule-book at them—commercial passenger licences ensure that ample potable drinking water is to be provided to passengers onboard. After this, they served it, for free. Besides this, their food was nothing much to write home about. 
     

     

    Air India

     

    Fast forward to present. This is a particularly good meal I had on an Air India flight from Kochi to Delhi about a year ago.
     

     

    Jet Airways

     

    Jet Airways and its various avatars are now at a point where often you do not know till you board whether you will get a meal, or not, either way, this is dinner on a Chennai-Delhi flight. Compare it to the one above, on Air India?

     

    In the name of “no-frills” you can end up spending upwards of Rs250 for almost nothing, like these:
     


    Take a look at what is on SpiceJet’s website:http://www.spicejet.com/foodmenu.asp. They make it look very appetising and mouth watering on their website.

     

    Conclusion

     

    Today, fares between low-cost and full-service airlines are often more or less the same. As a matter of fact, Air India is often cheaper on competing routes. This is considering the kind of time and stress involved before boarding a flight and taking into account the fact that you may have missed a meal. This calls for a much healthier and better meal than the greasy sandwiches that many of our airport snack bars seem to serve. Another thing is the fake ‘foreign’ fast food (which is another report altogether) and expensive hot cooked meals which have lost all semblance to value for money by the time it is served.

     

    On the other hand, the Indian Railways appears to be going from strength to strength, and not just on the Deccan Queen but also on the Shatabdi and Rajdhani and Duronto class of trains.

     

    It is about time airlines did what Indian Railways do: Define a meal by weight, charge a reasonable price, and most of all—healthy options. A bowl of salad or fresh cut fruit was always there on the table in the good old days.

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    soumit

    7 years ago

    yes,I have read your article....it is very good journey food complication.....now this is done in indian railways rajdhani shatabdi duronto trains......

    Akshay Iyer

    8 years ago

    Interesting article! True, it is indeed sad to know that flights are losing out on food while the Indian Railways capitalize on it. Not so long ago, the food served on all the Rajdhani trains was catered by the Taj group. The quality of food in Rajdhani, Shatabdi, Duronto trains are still appetizing, to say the least. You have even have "Diet Meals" nowadays on certain trains operating on Konkan Railway.

    Rail Budget: Eyes on election, Bansal spares passengers from direct fare hike

    The much talked about Railway Budget, presented two days ahead of the Union budget, has turned out to be largely a non-event. While sparing passengers from another hike within a month, Pawan Kumar Bansal, however increased charges for super-fast trains, and fees for ticket cancellation and reservations

    Pawan Kumar Bansal, the minister of railways on Tuesday spared passengers from another fare hike within a month, giving indications that the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government does not want to upset voters ahead of the general elections.

     

    Bansal, the first minister from the Congress to present the Railway Budget in 17 years, however, increased supplementary charges for super fast trains, reservation fee, clerkage charge, cancellation charge and tatkal charges. The enhanced reservations fee has been abolished.

     

    “On the whole, there were no fireworks in the Rail Budget. While linking freight to fuel costs is the right move, subsidized passenger fares account for bulk of railway losses and until that is addressed, the financial position of railways is unlikely to turn around quickly, and investment in the sector will languish,” said Nomura Financial Advisory and Securities (India) Pvt Ltd, in a note.

     

    Bansal said, fuel adjustment component (FAC) would be linked with the revision for freight tariff from 1 April 2013, which would increase freight charges by an average of 5%.

     

    “...the increase in freight rates which would be linked with the diesel price movements would add to the burden of price of products which use railways for transportation purposes. Given that the finance ministry has made it clear that the price of diesel will be adjusted upwards on a regular basis, albeit, in small measures, the impact would tend to be escalated over the year. Therefore, it is not surprising that the stock market has not reacted positively in net terms to the Railway Budget,” DR Dogra, managing director and chief executive, CARE Ratings, said.

     

    Too little provisions

    Surprisingly, while the railway minister has announced several amenities for passengers like lifts for passenger at A1, A and other pilgrim stations, he made a provision of just Rs1 crore as against an estimated cost of Rs100 crore. Similarly, for installing escalators at 179 important stations, Bansal has provided Rs1 crore as against estimated cost of Rs134.25 crore.

     

    It is the same fate of his other ideas as well. For providing wi-fi internet facility in 50 rakes of Shatabdi, Rajdhani and Duranto trains, the estimated cost is Rs55 crore and Bansal has provided only Rs10 lakh.

     

    Another interesting aspect of this year’s Rail Budget is lack of funding for signalling and telecommunication-related works. This work does not find favour with Bansal and for almost all projects of signalling and telecommunication in every division the minister has provided just Rs1 lakh for each project, irrespective of the estimated cost. For example, in the Eastern Railway division, the minister has provided Rs1 lakh for replacement of RE and quad cables between Jamtar and Jhaja sections (106 km), as against estimated cost of Rs31.08 crore. Even for replacing signalling gears for route relay interlocking at Kurla, the minister has provided Rs1 lakh as against estimated cost of Rs15.24 crore.
     

    Surprisingly, there is not a single paisa provision made by the minister for setting up the Indian Railway Institute for Advanced Electronic Technology (IRIAET) at Nagpur while its estimated cost is Rs21.25 crore. How the Railways can set up the institute without any funding would be interesting to watch, though.

     

    Mumbai to get AC local trains

    Bansal said that the Railways would introduce its first air-conditioned (AC) EMU rake (local train) on Mumbai suburban network during 2013-14. The Railways would introduce 72 and 18 additional services in Mumbai and Kolkata, respectively.

     

    Here are the other proposals from the Railway Budget...

     

    New trains

    1. 67 new Express trains to be introduced. 
    2. 26 new passenger services, 8 DEMU services and 5 MEMU services to be introduced. 
    3. Run of 57 trains to be extended. 
    4. Frequency of 24 trains to be increased.

    Passenger/rail users’ amenities 

    1. Identification of 104 important stations for immediate attention to all aspects related to cleanliness.
    2. Progressive extension of bio-toilets on trains.
    3. Provision of concrete aprons on platforms with mechanized cleaning facilities.
    4. Extension of On Board Housekeeping Scheme and Clean Train Stations to more stations and trains.
    5. Extension of Unreserved Ticketing System (UTS), Automatic Ticket Vending Machines (ATVMs), Coin-operated Ticket Vending Machines (CO-TVMs) and scheme of Jan-Sadharan Ticket Booking Sevaks (JTBSs).
    6. Setting up of six more Rail Neer bottling plants at Vijayawada, Nagpur, Lalitpur, Bilaspur, Jaipur and Ahmedabad.
    7. Pilot project on select trains to facilitate passengers to contact on board staff through SMS/phone call/e-mail for coach cleanliness and real time feedback.
    8. 8-10 more mechanized laundries for quality washing of linen. 
    9. Provision of announcement facility and electronic display boards in trains.
    10. Providing free Wi-Fi facilities on several trains.
    11. Upgrading another 60 stations as Adarsh Stations in addition to 980 already selected.
    12. Associate voluntary organizations for providing first aid services at railway stations.
    13. Introduction of an ‘Anubhuti’ coach in select trains to provide excellent ambience and latest facilities and services. 
    14. 179 escalators and 400 lifts at A-1 and other major stations to be installed facilitating elderly and differently abled.
    15. Affixing Braille stickers with layout of coaches including toilets, provision of wheel chairs and battery operated vehicles at more stations and making coaches wheel-chair friendly.
    16. Some JTBS to be reserved for disabled people. 
    17. Curbing malpractices in reserved tickets including tatkal scheme.
    18. Third party audit and tie up with food testing laboratories for food quality control; ISO certified state-of-the-art base kitchens to be set up in railway premises. 
    19. Centralized Catering Services Monitoring Cell set up with a toll free number (1800 111 321)

    Rail Tourism 

    1. Launching multi-modal travel package in cooperation with Jammu & Kashmir state government.
    2. Issuing ‘Yatra Parchis’ to pilgrims travelling by rail to Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine at the time of railway ticket booking. 
    3. Introduction of an educational tourist train with concessional fares—‘Azadi Express’—to connect places associated with freedom movement.
    4. Introduction of executive lounge at  seven more stations, namely, Bilaspur, Visakhapatnam, Patna, Nagpur, Agra, Jaipur and Bengaluru.

    IT Initiatives 

    1. ‘Aadhaar’ to be used for various passenger and staff related services.
    2. Internet ticketing from 0030 hours to 2330 hours.
    3. e-ticketing through mobile phones.
    4. Project of SMS alerts to passengers providing updates on reservation status.
    5. Covering larger number of trains under Real Time Information System.
    6. Next-Gen e-ticketing system to be rolled out capable of handling 7,200 tickets per minute against 2,000 now and 1.20 lakh users simultaneously against 40,000 now. 

    Measures for improving safety & security 

    1. Making a Corporate Safety Plan for a ten-year period (2014-2024).
    2. Elimination of 10,797 level crossings during the 12th Plan and no addition of new LCs to the IR system henceforth.
    3. Introduction of Train Protection Warning System on Automatic Signalling Systems. 
    4. Rigorous trials of the indigenously developed Train Collision Avoidance System.
    5. Using 60 kg rails, 260 meter long welded rail panels and improved flash butt welding technology.
    6. Introduction of 160/200 kmph Self Propelled Accident Relief Trains. 
    7. Induction of crash worthy LHB coaches with anti-climb feature.
    8. Rehabilitation of identified 17 distressed bridges over next one year.
    9. Provision of comprehensive fire and smoke detection systems.
    10. Provision of portable fire extinguishers in Guard-cum-Brake Vans, AC Coaches and Pantry Cars in all trains.
    11. Use of fire retardant furnishing materials in coaches.
    12. Measures initiated to deal with elephant related accidents.
    13. Four companies of women RPF personnel set up and another eight to be set up to strengthen the security of rail passengers, especially women passengers. 
    14. Recruitment to RPF with 10% vacancies reserved for women.

    Concessions

    1. Complimentary card passes to recipients of Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna & Dhyan Chand Awards to be valid for travel by 1st Class/2nd AC. 
    2. Complimentary card passes to Olympic medallists and Dronacharya awardees for travel in Rajdhani/ Shatabadi Trains. 
    3. Travel by Duronto Trains permitted on all card passes issued to sportspersons having facility of travel by Rajdhani/Shatabadi Trains.
    4. Facility of complimentary card passes valid in 1st class/2nd AC extended to parents of posthumous unmarried awardees of Mahavir Chakra, Vir Chakra, Kirti Chakra, Shaurya Chakra, President’s Police Medal for Gallantry and Police Medal for Gallantry.
    5. Police Gallantry awardees to be granted one complimentary pass every year for travel along with one companion in 2nd AC in Rajdhani/Shatabadi Trains.
    6. Passes for freedom fighters to be renewed once in three years. 

    Training and recruitment 

    1. 1.52 lakh vacancies being filled up this year out of which 47,000 vacancies have been earmarked for weaker sections and physically challenged.
    2. Imparting skills to the youth in railway related trades in 25 locations. 
    3. Setting up of a multi-disciplinary training institute at Nagpur for training in rail related electronics technologies.
    4. Setting up of a centralized training institute at Secunderabad—Indian Railways Institute of Financial Management (IRIFM).
    5. Five fellowships in national universities to be instituted to motivate students to study and undertake research on IR related issues at M.Phil and Ph.D. levels.
    6. Setting up of a chair at TERI promoting railway related research to reduce carbon footprint.

    Financial performance 2012-13 

    1. Loading target revised to 1007 MT against 1025 MT in BE. 
    2. Gross Traffic Receipts fixed at Rs1.26 lakh crore in RE, short by Rs6,872 cr over Budget Estimates.  
    3. Ordinary Working Expenses retained at BE level of Rs84,400 crore; pension payments increased by Rs1,500 cr to Rs20,000 cr.
    4. Dividend liability to government to be fully discharged.  
    5. ‘Excess’ of Rs10,409 crore as against the budget amount of Rs15,557 crore.
    6. Loan of Rs3,000 crore taken in 2011-12 fully repaid along with interest.  
    7. Operating Ratio of 88.8% as compared to 94.9% in 2011-12. 

    Budget Estimates 2013-14

    1. Freight loading of 1047 MT, 40 MT more than 2012-13.
    2. Passenger growth - 5.2%.  
    3. Gross Traffic Receipts - Rs1.44 lakh crore i.e. an increase of Rs18,062 crore over RE, 2012-13.
    4. Ordinary Working Expenses - Rs96,500 crore.  
    5. Appropriation to DRF at Rs7,500 crore and to Pension Fund at Rs22,000 crore.  
    6. Dividend payment estimated at Rs6,249 crore.
    7. Operating Ratio to be 87.8%.
    8. Fund Balances to exceed Rs12,000 crore

    Annual Plan 2013-14

    Highest ever plan outlay of Rs63,363 crore. 

    o  Gross Budgetary Support - Rs26,000 crore 

    o  Railway Safety Fund  - Rs2,000 crore 

    o  Internal Resources   - Rs14,260 crore 

    o  EBR - Market Borrowing - Rs15,103 crore;   

    o  EBR - PPP    - Rs6,000 crore. 

     

    500 km new lines, 750 km doubling, 450 km gauge conversion targeted in 2013-14. 

     

    Fiscal Discipline

    1. No supplementary Demands for Grants introduced in Monsoon Session or Winter Session of Parliament;
    2. Loan of Rs3,000 crore repaid fully;
    3. 347 projects prioritized with assured funding;
    4. Operationally important projects and also last mile projects to receive liberal funding;
    5. A new fund—Debt Service Fund—set up to meet committed liabilities;
    6. Stringent targets for efficiencies in maintenance of rolling stock and fuel consumption;
    7. Target to create fund balance of Rs30,000 crore in the terminal year of the 12th Plan.

    Staff Welfare 

    1. Fund allocation for staff quarters enhanced to Rs300 crore
    2. Provision of hostel facilities for single women railway employees at all divisional headquarters.
    3. Extending treatment facility in case of medical emergency to RELHS beneficiaries to all cities in hospitals empanelled with CGHS and Railways. 
    4. Condition of barracks to be improved for RPF personnel.
    5. Provision of water closets and air conditioners in the locomotive cabs to avoid stress being faced by loco pilots.{break}

      Here is the list of new express trains…

      1.  Ahmedabad – Jodhpur Express (Weekly) Via Samdari, Bhildi

      2.  Ajni (Nagpur) – Lokmanya Tilak (T) Express (Weekly) Via Hingoli

      3.  Amritsar – Lalkuan Express (Weekly) Via Chandigarh 

      4.  Bandra Terminus – Ramnagar Express (Weekly) Via Nagda, Mathura, Kanpur, Lucknow, Rampur

      5.  Bandra Terminus – Jaisalmer Express (Weekly) Via Marwar, Jodhpur 

      6.  Bandra Terminus – Hisar Express (Weekly) Via Ahmedabad, Palanpur, Marwar, Jodhpur, Degana

      7.  Bandra Terminus – Haridwar Express (Weekly) Via Valsad

      8.  Bangalore – Mangalore Express (Weekly)

      9.  Bathinda – Jammu Tawi Express (Weekly) Via Patiala, Rajpura

      10.  Bhubaneswar – Hazrat Nizamuddin Express (Weekly) Via Sambalpur

      11.  Bikaner – Chennai AC Express (Weekly) Via Jaipur, Sawai Madhopur, Nagda, Bhopal, Nagpur

      12.  Chandigarh –Amritsar Intercity Express (Daily) Via Sahibzada Ajitsingh Nagar (Mohali), Ludhiana

      13.  Chennai – Karaikudi Express (Weekly)

      14.  Chennai – Palani Express (Daily) Via Jolarpettai, Salem, Karur, Namakkal

      15.  Chennai Egmore – Thanjavur Express (Daily) Via Villupuram, Mayiladuthurai

      16.  Chennai – Nagarsol  (For Sai Nagar Shirdi) Express (Weekly) Via Renigunta, Dhone, Kacheguda

      17.  Chennai – Velankanni Link Express (Daily) Via Villupuram, Mayiladuthurai, Tiruvarur

      18.  Coimbatore – Mannargudi  Express (Daily) Via Tiruchchirappalli, Thanjavur, Nidamangalam

      19.  Coimbatore – Rameswaram Express (Weekly)

      20.  Delhi – Firozpur Intercity Express (Daily) Via Bathinda

      21.  Delhi Sarai Rohilla – Sikar Express (Bi-weekly) after gauge conversion

      22.  Delhi – Hoshiarpur Express (Weekly)

      23.  Durg – Jaipur Express (Weekly)

      24.  Gandhidham – Visakhapatnam Express (Weekly) Via Ahmedabad, Wardha, Ballarshah, Vijaywada

      25.  Hazrat Nizamuddin – Mumbai AC Express (Weekly) via Bhopal, Khandwa, Bhusawal

      26.  Howrah – Chennai AC Express (Bi-weekly) Via Bhadrak, Duvvada, Gudur

      27.  Howrah – New Jalpaiguri AC Express (Weekly) Via Malda Town

      28.  Hubli – Mumbai Express (Weekly) Via Miraj, Pune

      29.  Indore – Chandigarh Express (Weekly) Via Dewas, Ujjain, Guna, Gwalior, Hazrat Nizamuddin

      30.  Jabalpur – Yesvantpur Express (Weekly)Via Nagpur, Dharmavaram

      31.  Jaipur – Lucknow Express (Tri-weekly) Via Bandikui, Mathura, Kanpur

      32.  Jaipur-Alwar Express (Daily)

      33.  Jodhpur –Jaipur Express (Daily) Via Phulera

      34.  Jodhpur – Kamakhya (Guwahati)  Express  (Weekly) Via Degana, Ratangarh

      35.  Kakinada – Mumbai Express (Bi-weekly) 

      36.  Kalka – Sai Nagar Shirdi Express (Bi-weekly) Via Hazrat Nizamuddin , Bhopal, Itrasi 

      37.  Kamakhya (Guwahati)  – Anand VIhar Express (Weekly) Via Katihar, Barauni, Sitapur Cantt, Moradabad

      38.  Kamakhya (Guwahati) – Bangalore AC Express (Weekly)

      39.  Kanpur – Anand Vihar Express (Weekly) Via Farrukhabad

      40.  Katihar – Howrah Express (Weekly) Via Malda Town

      41.  Katra – Kalka  Express (Bi-weekly) Via Morinda

      42.  Kolkata – Agra Express (Weekly) Via Amethi, Rae Bareli, Mathura

      43.  Kolkata – Sitamarhi Express (Weekly) Via Jhajha, Barauni, Darbhanga

      44.  Kota – Jammu Tawi Express (Weekly) Via Mathura, Palwal

      45.  Kurnool Town – Secunderabad Express  (Daily)

      46.  Lokmanya Tilak (T) – Kochuveli Express (Weekly)

      47.  Lucknow – Varanasi Express  Via Rae-Bareli (6 Days a week)

      48.  Madgaon – Mangalore Intercity Express (Daily) Via Udupi, Karwar

      49.  Mangalore – Kacheguda Express (Weekly) Via Dhone, Gooty, Renigunta, Coimbatore

      50.  Mau  – Anand Vihar Express (Bi-weekly) 

      51.  Mumbai – Solapur Express (6 Days a week) Via Pune

      52.  Nagercoil – Bangalore Express (Daily) Via Madurai, Tiruchchirappalli

      53.  New Delhi – Katra AC Express (6 Days a week)

      54.  Nizamabad – Lokmanya Tilak (T) Express (Weekly)  

      55.  Patna – Sasaram Intercity Express (Daily) Via Ara

      56.  Patliputra (Patna) – Bangalore Express (Weekly) Via Chheoki

      57.  Puducherry – Kanniyakumari Express (Weekly) Via Villupuram, Mayiladuthurai, Tiruchchirappalli

      58.  Puri – Sai Nagar Shirdi Express (Weekly) Via Sambalpur, Titlagarh, Raipur, Nagpur, Bhusawal

      59.  Puri –Ajmer Express (Weekly) Via Abu-Road

      60.  Radhikapur – Anand Vihar Link Express (Daily)

      61.  Rajendra Nagar Terminus (Patna)– New Tinsukia Express (Weekly) Via Katihar, Guwahati

      62.  Tirupati – Puducherry Express (Weekly)

      63.  Tirupati – Bhubaneswar Express (Weekly) Via Visakhapatnam

      64.  Una / Nangaldam– Hazoor Saheb Nanded Express (Weekly) Via Anandpur Saheb, Morinda, Chandigarh, Ambala

      65.  Visakhapatnam – Jodhpur Express (Weekly) Via Titlagarh, Raipur

      66.  Visakhapatnam – Kollam Express (Weekly) 

      67.  Yesvantpur – Lucknow Express (Weekly) via Rae Bareli, Pratapgarh

       

      Passenger Trains

      1.  Bathinda – Dhuri Passenger (Daily)

      2.  Bikaner-Ratangarh  Passenger (Daily)

      3.  Bhavnagar – Palitana Passenger (Daily)

      4.  Bhavnagar – Surendranagar Passenger (Daily)

      5.  Bareilly – Lalkuan Passenger (Daily)

      6.  Chhapra –Thawe Passenger (Daily) 

      7.  Loharu – Sikar Passenger (Daily) after gauge conversion

      8.  Madgaon – Ratnagiri Passenger (Daily)

      9.  Marikuppam – Bangalore Passenger (Daily)

      10.  Muzaffarpur – Sitamarhi Passenger (Daily) via Runnisaidpur

      11.  Nadiad – Modasa Passenger (6 days a week)

      12.  Nandyal – Kurnool Town passenger (Daily)

      13.  New Amravati – Narkher Passenger (Daily)

      14.  Punalur – Kollam Passenger (Daily)

      15.  Purna – Parli  Vaijnath Passenger (Daily)

      16.  Palani-Tiruchendur Passenger (Daily)

      17.  Ratangarh - Sardarsahar Passenger (Daily) after gauge conversion

      18.  Samastipur- Banmankhi Passenger via Saharsa, Madhepura (Daily) after gauge conversion

      19.  Shoranur – Kozhikode Passenger (Daily)

      20.  Surendranagar – Dharangdhara Passenger (Daily)

      21.  Suratgarh – Anupgarh Passenger (Daily)

      22.  Somnath – Rajkot Passenger (Daily)

      23.  Sitamarhi – Raxaul Passenger (Daily)

      24.  Sriganganagar – Hanumangarh-Sadulpur Passenger (Daily) after gauge conversion

      25.  Talguppa – Shimoga Town Passenger (Daily)

      26.  Thrisur-Guruvayur Passenger (Daily)

       

      MEMU Services

      1.  Barabanki – Kanpur

      2.  Chennai – Tirupati

      3.  Delhi- Rohtak (Replacement of conventional service by MEMU)

      4.  Lucknow – Hardoi

      5.  Sealdah – Berhampore Court

       

      DEMU Services

      1.  Bhatkal – Thokur

      2.  Delhi – Kurukshetra Via Kaithal

      3.  Katwa – Jangipur 

      4.  Lucknow – Sultanpur

      5.  Lucknow – Pratapgarh Via Gauriganj

      6.  Madgaon – Karwar

      7.  Rohtak – Rewari

      8.  Taran Taran – Goindwal Saheb

       

      Extension of Trains

      1.  19601/19602 Ajmer-New Jalpaiguri Express to Udaipur

      2.  15715/15716 Ajmer-Kishanganj Express to New Jalpaiguri

      3.  12403/12404 Allahabad – Mathura Express to Jaipur

      4.  17307/17308 Bagalkot-Yesvantpur Express to Mysore

      5.  18437/18438 Bhubaneswar – Bhawanipatna Express to Junagarh 

      6.  18191/18192 Chhapra – Kanpur Anwarganj Express to Farrukhabad

      7.  16127/16128 Chennai-Madurai portion of Chennai-Guruvayur Express to Tuticorin

      8.  12231/12232 Chandigarh-Lucknow Express to Patna (2 days)

      9.  12605/12606 Chennai-Tiruchchirappalli Express to Karaikudi

      10.  14007/14008 Delhi-Muzaffarpur Express to Raxaul after gauge conversion 

      11.  14017/14018 Delhi-Muzaffarpur Express to Raxaul after gauge conversion

      12.  12577/12578 Darbhanga-Bangalore Express to Mysore

      13.  14731/14732 Delhi – Bathinda Express to Fazilka

      14.  14705/14706 Delhi Sarai Rohilla-Sadulpur Express to Sujangarh (Salasar Express)

      15.  15159/15160 Durg- Chhapra Express to Muzaffarpur and Gondia

      16.  12507/12508 Guwahati-Ernakulam Express to Thiruvananthapuram

      17.  17005/17006 Hyderabad-Darbhanga Express to Raxaul after gauge conversion 

      18.  17011/17012 Hyderabad- Belampalli Express to Sirpur Kaghaznagar

      19.  16591/16592 Hubli-Bangalore Express to Mysore 

      20.  12181/12182 Jabalpur-Jaipur Express  to Ajmer

      21.  15097/15098 Jammu Tawi-Barauni Express to Bhagalpur

      22.  13117/13118 Kolkata – Berhampore Court Express to Lalgola

      23.  22981/22982 Kota-Hanumangarh Express to Shri Ganga Nagar

      24.  15609/15610 Lalgarh- Guwahati  Express to New Tinsukia 

      25.  12145/12146 Lokmanya Tilak (T)-Bhubaneswar Express to Puri

      26.  12545/12546 Lokmanya Tilak (T)-Darbhanga Express to Raxaul after gauge conversion 

      27.  12449/12450 Madgaon-Hazrat Nizamuddin Express to Chandigarh 

      28.  12653/12654 Mangalore – Tiruchchirappalli Express to Puducherry

      29.  29019/29020 Meerut-Nimach Link Express to Mandasor

      30.  22107/22108 Mumbai CST-Latur Express to Hazoor Saheb Nanded

      31.  14003/14004 New Delhi -New Farakka Express to Malda Town

      32.  15723/15724 New Jalpaiguri-Darbhanga Express to Sitamarhi

      33.  18419/18420 Puri-Darbhanga Express to Jaynagar

      34.  19327/19328 Ratlam-Chittaurgarh Express to Udaipur

      35.  13133/13134 Sealdah – Varanasi   Express (2 Days) to Delhi via Lucknow, Moradabad

      36.  14711/14712 Shri Ganga Nagar – Haridwar Express to Rishikesh

      37.  16535/16536 Solapur-Yesvantpur Express to Mysore

      38.  19251/19252 Somnath-Dwarka Express to Okha

      39.  12629/12630 Yesvantpur–Hazrat Nizamuddun Sampark Kranti Express 2 days to Chandigarh

      40.  59601/59602 Ajmer-Beawar Passenger to Marwar 

      41.  56513/56514 Bangalore-Nagore Passenger to Karaikal

      42.  51183/51184 Bhusaval-Amravati Passenger to Narkher

      43.  57502/57503 Bodhan-Kamareddi Passenger to Mirzapalli

      44.  54632/54633 Dhuri-Hisar/ Hisar- Ludhiana Passenger to Sirsa

      45.  56700/56701Madurai-Kollam Passenger to Punalur

      46.  56709/56710 Madurai-Dindigul Passenger to Palani

      47.  56275/56276 Mysore-Shimoga Town Passenger to Talguppa

      48.  59297/59298 Porbander-Veraval Passenger to Somnath

      49.  66611/66612 Ernakulam-Thrisur MEMU to Palakkad

      50.  67277/67278 Falaknuma-Bhongir MEMU to Jangaon

      51.  66304/66305 Kollam-Nagarcoil MEMU to Kanniyakumari

      52.  63131/63132 Krishnanagar City-Berhampore Court MEMU to Ranaghat and to Cossimbazar

      53.  74021/74024 Delhi-Shamli DEMU to Saharanpur

      54.  76837/76838 Karaikudi-Manamadurai DEMU to Virudunagar after gauge conversion

      55.   79454/79445  Morbi-Wankaner DEMU to Rajkot

      56.  77676/77677 Miryalguda-Nadikudi DEMU to Piduguralla

      57.  79301/79302 Ratlam-Chittaurgarh DEMU to Bhilwara 

       

      Increase in frequency 

      1.  12547/12548 Agra Fort –Ahmedabad Express 3 to 7 days

      2.  11453/11454 Ahmedabad-Nagpur Express 2 to 3 days

      3.  22615/22616 Coimbatore-Tirupati Express 3 to 4 days

      4.  14037/14038 Delhi-Pathankot Express 3 to 6 days

      5.  19409/19410 Gorakhpur – Ahmedabad Express 1 to 2 days

      6.  13465/13466 Howrah – Malda Town Express 6 to 7 days

      7.  12159/12160 Jabalpur – Amravati Express 3 to 7 days

      8.  11103/11104 Jhansi – Bandra (T) Express 1 to 2 days

      9.  19325/19326 Indore – Amritsar Express 1 to 2 days

      10.  12469/12470 Kanpur – Jammu Tawi Express 1 to 2 days

      11.  12217/12218 Kochuveli – Chandigarh Express 1 to 2 days

      12.  12687/12688 Madurai – Dehradun/Chandigarh Express 1 to 2 days

      13.  13409/13410 Malda Town – Jamalpur Express 6 to 7 days

      14.  17213/17214 Narsapur – Nagersol (Near Sainagar Shirdi) Express 2 to 7 days

      15.  12877/12878 Ranchi-New Delhi Garib Rath Express 2 to 3 days

      16.  18509/18510 Visakhapatnam – Hazoor Saheb Nanded Express 2 to 3 days

      17.  22819/22820 Visakhapatnam – Lokmanya Tilak (T) Express 2 to 7 days

      18.  18309/18310 Sambalpur-Hazoor Saheb Nanded Express 2 to 3 days

      19.  12751/12752 Secunderabad – Manuguru Express 3 to 7 days

      20.  12629/12630 Yesvantpur – Hazrat Nizamuddun Sampark Kranti Express 2 to 4 days

      21.  56221/56222/56525/56526 Bangalore – Tumkur Passenger 6 to 7 days

      22.  56321 Kanniyakumari-Tirunelveli Passenger 6 to 7 days

      23.  56325 Nagercoil – Kanniyakumari Passenger 6 to 7 days

      24.  56312 Tirunelveli - Nagercoil Passenger 6 to 7 days
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    nagesh kini

    8 years ago

    This budget is another Laloo prototype goody-goody on the face but with a lot of hidden contradictions!
    The only RM who did adequate home work is apro Dineshbhai who didn't accept Didi's diktats and placed a real budget that his successor rolled back to the detriment of all! We at MoneyLife heard of this from him.

    Vinay Joshi

    8 years ago

    Mr.Raj,

    Inadvertently i've put your name in Rail budget comments.

    Please do excuse me, typo regretted.

    Regards,

    Vinay Joshi

    8 years ago

    Hello Raj,

    There were no fireworks in Rail Budget called ‘Rae Bareli’ budget!

    Mr.Raj earlier you’ve not answered me on tax related aspects.

    Answer, Why rail budget is required to be presented as ‘Budget’ in the house?

    WHY NOT DISPENSE WITH IT? Any answer?

    Does it require sanction under Article 266, 267? Are they covered?
    Demand for grants, Article 113, mandates vote in LS, also Appropriation Bill.
    So how are they done?

    Any way will come back later.

    In the meantime find out where Lalu's 20KCR has gone?

    Case study for management students!As proclaimed by him.

    Or also research on "BALANCING" by the present Minister.

    What is the operating ratio?

    From where 125k jobs will be created?

    Analyses of financials is out of 'political twist'.

    Common person should know the jugglery!

    Regards,

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