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Premier train passengers don’t think service matches enhanced fare: CAG survey

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New Delhi, July 23: Improved punctuality, cleaner toilets and coaches and better quality food and bedrolls provided in trains are needed to match the increased fare in premier trains, according to a survey carried out by the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) of India.

A majority of passengers travelling in premier trains responded in the negative when asked whether Indian Railways has seen any improvement in its services commensurate with the enhanced fares, the survey found.

A flexi-fare scheme was introduced in the premier Rajdhani, Duronto and Shatabdi trains in September 2016 to perk up revenue collections in the passenger segment.

To ascertain the opinion of travelling passengers on the flexi-fare system, the CAG administered a survey questionnaire to 806 passengers travelling in 16 Shatabdi trains and 11 Rajdhani trains during April-May 2017.

In the flexi-fare system, the base fares increase by 10 per cent with the sale of every 10 per cent of seats — subject to a maximum of 140 per cent for AC-3 and 150 per cent for all classes, except AC first and Executive Class.

However, despite the enhanced fare in the premier trains, passengers feel that the services are not in line with the hiked tariff while punctuality has taken a back seat. Also, a decreasing trend was noticed in the occupancy rate after implementation of flexi-fare scheme, according to the CAG.

The survey showed that passengers expect better quality services to match the enhanced fares.

To a question on whether Indian Railways have provided any improvement in the services rendered after with fare hike, 495 passengers replied in the negative.

As many as 324 passengers stated that food served in trains needed improvement and 280 passengers indicated that cleanliness of toilets was not up to the mark.

To the question, “Do you feel that you derive value for the money and time you have spent by travelling in a premium train with flexi fare”, 445 passengers replied in the negative while 361 passengers replied in the affirmative.

As many as 479 passengers replied in the affirmative when asked that given the travel time — and the flexi-fare without value addition — would they prefer to travel by air or bus.

Ninety-seven passengers travelling in the AC-2 and AC-3 classes said the bedrolls provided required improvement, while 176 felt punctuality needed to be improved.

On hygiene, 181 passengers maintained that cleanliness inside toilets required improvement while 280 indicated that cleanliness of toilets required attention.

Other significant issues identified by passengers for improvement included prevention of unauthorised vendors, cleanliness at stations and waiting areas, more options/variety in food served, behaviour of pantry car staff, provision of televisions, mobile/laptop charging points and cleaning of windows and curtains.

Though the railways earned Rs 552 crore from passengers in premier trains after the flexi-fare system (from September 9, 2016, to July 31, 2017), there was de-growth of 2.65 per cent in the number of passengers despite availability of a higher number of berths/seats, which resulted in sub-optimal utilisation of national assets.

The CAG, in its latest report tabled in Parliament, observed that passengers expect better quality services matching with enhanced fare else they would switch to other modes of transport.

The CAG has recommended a review and fine-tuning in the scope of the scheme so that not only more revenue is earned but the number of passengers also increases.

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Bihar: DGP reveals killing of Indigo Airlines station manager was over airport contract parking

Nitish Kumar has also taken full information about the investigation of the case. DGP said the police have almost completed the investigation into the Rupesh murder case.

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The killing of Indigo Airlines station manager Rupesh Kumar Singh because of the contract at the airport. In Bihar, DGP Sanjeev Kumar Singhal has disclosed that Rupesh Singh was murdered because of the contract of airport parking. He said there was a big controversy over the contract. The DGP claimed that the police are very close to the revelations of the murderers in the case.

The DGP said that the police are examining all other aspects of the murder case. Nitish Kumar has also taken full information about the investigation of the case. He said the police have almost completed the investigation into the Rupesh murder case. DGP said the murder case was carried out by the contract killer.

The police have jointed all the open links of this incident. The entire development will be disclosed soon. DGP said that the airport parking contract is under thorough investigation.

Police interrogate female airlines employee

A special team of Patna police has questioned the female worker of another airline company. There was a dispute between the lady worker and the Rupesh about something. Later, the lady worker quit the job and joined another airline.

The police asked her the reason for the dispute. In addition, police have also questioned a former worker of Indigo Airlines. It came to the fore that the worker was removed from the job by Rupesh.

DIG said that the police have also questioned those who run the taxis at the airport stand. In fact, the police had come to know that there was a dispute over the stand a few days ago. The police, therefore, examined this aspect. However, during interrogation, any concrete motive did not come out in Police’s eyes.

Bihar: The raids for contract killers

Bihar Range IG said that the police team is engaged in solving this blind case. It is discovered that Rupesh has been murdered by the contract killers. Raids were launched at several places in their search. It is also being ascertained as to what is the cause of the incident. If the reason is known, the mastermind can also be easily reached.

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No more food subsidy at Parliament canteen: LS Speaker

Sources said that the savings could add up to almost Rs 17 crore annually with the removal of subsidised food at the Parliament canteen.

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New Delhi, Jan 19 : From the upcoming Parliament session beginning this month-end, there will be no food subsidy at the Parliament canteen.

Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla on Tuesday announced the new move, saying “Food subsidy at Parliament canteen has been completely removed”. Birla made the announcement addressing the media ahead of the forthcoming Budget session of Parliament that will begin from January 29.

Sources said that the savings could add up to almost Rs 17 crore annually with the removal of subsidised food at the Parliament canteen.

In the winter session of Parliament in 2019, Birla mooted a suggestion for it and the Members of Parliament unanimously decided to not avail of any subsidy at the Parliament canteen.

Birla later shared details about the time schedule of how Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha will function in the upcoming session.

“Amid the Covid-19 pandemic, the Budget session will commence from January 29. Rajya Sabha will sit from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Lok Sabha will sit from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. Zero Hour and Question Hour will be held,” the Speaker said.

He made it clear that all MPs will have to go through RT-PCR test before joining the Parliament session and that they have been told to undergo the mandatory Covid-19 test.

The Budget session will commence with the President’s Address while the Union Budget will be presented on February 1. The session will conclude on April 8 with a recess in between from February 15 to March 8.

The President will deliver his annual address to a joint sitting of both Houses of Parliament at 11 a.m. on January 29. The two Houses will meet separately for tabling of the President’s Address.

The Economic Survey will also be tabled in both Houses in this 30-minute sitting and Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman will present the Union Budget at 11 a.m. on February 1.

Covid protocols will be followed in this session on the same lines as the Monsoon session.

The session is being held at a time when the government is grappling with the farmers’ agitation and vociferous demands from the opposition for the repeal of the three contentious farm laws.

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Alarming rise of crime against women in Assam: Congress

Assam Pradesh Congress Committee General Secretary Bobbeeta Sharma highlighted incidents of rape and violence in the recent past, including the alleged rape and killing of a teenager and her aunt in Dibrugarh district.

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Guwahati: The Assam Mahila Congress on Monday expressed concern over the “alarming increase” of crime against women during the last few years under the present BJP government.

The state has reported “the highest rate of crime against women for the last three years consecutively” and the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) statistics reveal that it is constantly increasing, Assam Mahila Congress president and MLA Nandita Das told reporters here.

Incidents of registered violence against women were 20,869 in 2016, which increased to 23,082 in 2017 and to 27,728 in 2018, while in 2019, it again reported the highest crime rate “at 177.8 per lakh population”, she said.

Assam Pradesh Congress Committee General Secretary Bobbeeta Sharma highlighted incidents of rape and violence in the recent past, including the alleged rape and killing of a teenager and her aunt in Dibrugarh district.

The girl was sleeping with her aunt, who was killed, and the girl was dragged out of the house, raped and then killed by the miscreants, Sharma alleged.

“A house is considered to be the safest place but under this government, even the four walls are not safe for women in Assam,” she said.

Sharma said the fact that such cases are increasing proves that the state government and its agencies have failed to instil fear among the perpetrators.

She added that the Congress in its manifesto for the forthcoming polls will include several measures for the protection of women, including a woman police battalion force and women cell in all police stations.

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