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Railway Budget
Mamata offers Izzat to poor, Yuva trains to Youth
Presenting her first budget as the UPA government's Railway Minister, Mamata Banerjee on Friday, announced a scheme called 'Izzat', by which poor people will be given a monthly pass for Rs 25 to make travel easier
THE UNION Railway Budget has something for everyone to feel happy. While the poor have been offered the 'Izzat' scheme, Mamata has enticed the youth with her 'Yuva' trains, while press people will be happy with the concessions announced by her. She also said that there would be no increase in train fares for the people.

Presenting her first budget as the UPA government's Railway Minister, Mamata Banerjee on Friday (July 3), announced a scheme called 'Izzat', by which poor people will be given a monthly pass for Rs 25 to make travel easier. 

In her address in the Parliament, Banerjee said that her priority is to improve services and provide better amenities to the commuters. 

She also announced that 50 stations will be turned into world class establishments in the coming years. 

The Minister also announced concession to press correspondents in railway tickets by about fifty per cent once an year. She also announced 60 per cent concession for Madrasa students. 

To cater to the huge population of youth in the country, she announced 'Yuva' train service, which will offer tickets for Rs 299 for 1500 km of travel. 

Banerjee also announced that a new signalling system will be set up to improve the railway safety. She said that twelve non-stop train services will be introduced between select cities to speed up travel. 

The minister also proposed to set up 800 new locations for train ticket reservations. 

She also said that at least one doctor will be posted on long distance trains.

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Actually the first impression which came in mind after seeing the Railway Budget 2009-10 is that Railway Minister sticks to the basics. The major attraction of the budget is that there will be no hike in the fairs of passengers and goods. It will surely bring smile on the face of common people, many of them were expecting a slight hike in the fairs as the recession time is still going on. The most important aspect which came from this Railway Budget is in the Tatkal reservation system. New Railway Minister Mamta Banerjee has reduced the period of advance booking under the Tatkal reservation scheme to 2 days now. Earlier it was of 5 days. Another benefit which she gave to the passengers is that now the Tatkal tickets will be booked up to the destination of the passenger not from the beginning station to the end station. It will reduce the charges. She also promised that now the Tatkal charges will also levied as a percentage of the fare. This will also further reduce the fare. Mamta Banerjee promised 50 world class stations in the cities like Delhi, Mumbai and Kolkata. These stations includes Howrah, Sealdah, New Delhi, Lucknow, Kanpur, Kolkata, New Jalpaiguri, Puri, Agra, New Delhi, Jaipur and many more. She has the planning of developing these stations with the help of Public and Private sectors partnership. Mamta Banerjee emphasized the medical, and security facilities on the trains, especially on the trains of the long distance. She will be planning to bring one Doctor in all long distance trains. She will also implement the ambulance facilities in long distance trains. She has announced 57 new trains while extended 27 trains and increased the journey of 13 trains. She announced to open ATM’s in 200 small and medium stations. Overall we can say that this budget is prepared considering about the common people of India and thus she completed her promise to them. One of the amazing initiative which Mamta Banerjee took in this budget, is the start of the special AC train for the long distance and especially designed for the young peoples. The name of these trains will be Yuva Train, and these train will cover the distance of around 1000 to 2000 Kilometers. The fairs of these trains will remain too less and these will only have the seating arrangements, not the sleeper facility. As a pilot project Indian Railways has choosen two routes Delhi-Mumbai and Delhi-Kolkata to start with the Yuva Trains. Along with this she has also announced developing Eco-friendly toilets in the trains. Also Mamta Banerjee emphasized on developing the Passenger Reservation System, so that tickets can easily reach to the passengers.
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