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Railway Budget
Rail Budget 2014-15: Expectations of Citizen Journalists
Today all the shades of spades will be there before the public when Union railways minister Sadanand Gowda will present his first rail budget for the fiscal year 2014-15. But will the rail budget fulfil the expectations of the nation? And what about the expectations of the railways itself?

The fare, hygiene, number of trains, the safety majors in trains and at railway stations are need to be ameliorate. Citizen journalists from across the nation, in a conversations with us shared their expectations from the rail budget. They feel that railways needs to be rejuvenated at all the levels.

Tina Acharya, Mumbai

Tina AcharyaMy main concern is cleanliness because from my personal experience I know how tough it is to travel from Mumbai to Bhuvneshwar which takes about 36 hours. So, sanity and cleanliness is the major concern. So, rather traveling in train we prefer to travel in our own vehicle. Waiting at railway stations for train is horrible because of stinking platforms, which forces me to reach station only 15 minutes before the arrival time of my train.

Second thing is timing, the journey already takes 36 hours and addition of another 4-5 hours in it because of delay make things worst. So, it needs to be reformed. The last thing is reservation, it needs to be reformed as well.

Prof. Susan Vishwanathan, JNU, New Delhi

Prof. Susan VisvanathanRailways hire greater number of people, so they have to be looked after. The main concern is that railway employees should get adequate pay and their living conditions should be good either they engineers or a simple repairman. Safety of railways depends on its staff. 30 years ago they had a union but now their condition has worsened. So the unions have to be reformed and enriched. Second thing, whatever increase in fares is their, it should be subsidized for the people who belong to BPL. The classes like middle class, lower class, students, workers, retired people should be classified according to their income and ability and the tickets have to match it. Third requirement is that corruption in the railways needs to be checked fully.

Captain (IN) J.K. Sharma

I am expecting that this time railways get privatized. The privatization is the perfect solution for any problem related to railways. Either its cleanliness concern, fare, reservations etc. Once it gets privatized everything will get reformed itself.

VK Gupta, Haryana

The reservation or the online booking procedure need to be reformed. Its better to fetch changes in this. This is my major concern. People from all classes of the society travel in it. So there should be steps so that every get the benefit of the railways.

Harish Dido, Delhi

I expect that railways minister focus more on increasing safety measures in the rail for the sake of travelers.

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