'This budget would transform Indian Railways', says Manoj Sinha

Submitted by alvin on Thu, 2016-02-25 10:41 New Delhi: With Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu all set to present his second Rail Budget today in Parliament, Minister of State (MoS) for Railways Manoj Sinha, said it the budget would transform the Indian Railways. "This year's budget would transform theIndian Railways. We have prepared the budget considering the common man and common commuters requirements," Sinha told ANI. Meanwhile, people's expectations are high about the announcement of new trains and improvement in passenger amenities, railway finances have come under tremendous strain as passenger fares was not hiked in the last budget and the minister faces a dilemma whether to raise fares and freight rates. The railways have earned over Rs.136,079 crore as against the target of Rs. 141,416 crore during April-January, a decline of 3.77 percent. Talking to reporters after giving finishing touches to the budget on Wednesday, Prabhu said the Rail Budget will cater to the needs of all satisfactorily as a lot of effort has gone into its preparation. "It has been prepared in the interest of the nation and the railways taking into considerations the ground reality consideration before finalising it," he added. (ANI)