You can also recall
the episode of Mr. Dinesh Trivedi being removed from the ministry of
railways for the bare fact that he recommended hike in the rail
fares. Though, he had the relevant calculations to justify his
proposal, none of the political group had the courage to think of the
economy prior to the vote bank.
It is evident that
the UPA-2 anticipated the defeat in 2014 polls and hence created such
a milieu wherein it would be more than problematic for the new
government to undertake any economic reforms. And the general public,
which when compares the quality of services with global standards,
forgets to realize what we are contributing.
Now let us also
consider the drastic degradation of railways in the past many years
and some workable measures. Since 2004, the population has multiplied
with an excessively increasing pace than the addition to number of
Common man's conveyance has rarely added to the user-friendliness whether in terms of security, basic necessities, adherence to schedule, or availability. It is tough to comprehend the economic structure of Indian railways wherein demand is much more than supply; however financial reports reveal only losses. The new ministry will have to pay heed to all aspects, along with enhancing cleanliness and efficiency.
Lastly, when we
talk about competing with European nations, we overlook our basic
infrastructural domain. Bullet trains in foreign nations adhere to
time and are opted by ministers of high rank as well.
On the contrary, Indian rails are quite often behind schedule, are vulnerable to accidents, and rarely provide any suitability. Above all, you need to conquer Everest for a train ticket. Isn't privatization of railway platforms a better option so as to ensure that services are offered at par with airports?
Also, similar to
the air transportation, a few trains can be run by private players to
infuse competition. Accidental damages, which have always been a
concern, can be insured with the help of domestic/ international
insurance companies. IRCTC website should be able-enough to bear the
heavy traffic load in peak hours.
When general public
is parting with much of the hard-earned money to travel via autos,
buses and disciplined airlines in the absence of certainty of travel
time of trains, no doubt if services like wi-fi, cleanliness, clean
drinking water, hygienic toilets, neat and clean bedding, fresh
eatable food in train as well as at railway stations, frequency of
trains, speedy and safe travel and most importantly the ticket
availability are improved, people would not hesitate to pay the hiked
Please note that
the new government had two options - to run the Indian rail in loss,
or to take a brave step that could prevent severe collapse in the
future. The new railway minister, Mr. Sadanand Gowda has courageously
opted for the second option, which shall be accepted and rather
encouraged by the general public. And the opposition shall note that
the common man has voted for change and stable prosperity, hence the
panic created would serve no good purpose for politicians.