Presidential Elections: Support Dr.Meira Kumar

Bihar and Jharkhand governments have no choice but to support Dr.Meira Kumar. As defeat of "Bihar ki Beti" will invariably bring Shame to the Biharis and Jharkhandis (or erstwhile unified Bihar). Do you think that, people of Bihar will leave Nitish Kumar Scott - free, if Dr.Meira Kumar loses ? So, Nitish Kumar has very little option left but to support, Dr.Meira Kumar.

Moreover, if Nitish Kumar wants to fall in the BJP's well calculated electoral TRAP no one can save him in the next election.

Also, I am surprised to see Mr.Navin Pattanayak, so easily chewing the RSS bait. Orissa is a state, where there is large chunk of Tribal Christian voters loyal to the BJD (Biju Janata Dal). I am still to fathom, BJD's sudden electoral gamble of siding with the RSS and the BJP; when Mr.Pattanayak has been maintaining distance from them since some time.

Besides, the election of Dr.Meira Kumar, who is educated, experienced and very sober, might also correct some of the historical mistakes of not making her father, the Prime Minister of India.

Also, I don't think all the Muslim and Christian MPs and MLAs from the TDP and TRS will ever support a RSS backed Candidate, who acted against Dalit Christian and Muslin reservations. Therefore, invariably cross voting will take place, which might give the underdog, Ms.Kumar, a win. Support Dr.Meira Kumar, give a conscience vote and make her the 2nd Female President of India.

All the best to Dr.Meira Kumar.....👍✌

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Railway Budget 2013 – Key Highlights
Changes in Fares:
  • No hike in passenger fares
  • Propose hike in reservation fee, tatkal charge by Rs 15 - 25 in Sleeper class & Rs 100 for executive class
  • Supplementary fee for tatkal, cancellations, reservations
  • To increase supplementary charge for super fast trains
Freights Outlook:
  • Average hike in freight below 5% on fuel price hike
  • Fuel-linked adjustment to raise freight by avg 5%
  • No increase in parcel, luggage transport rates
  • Freight charges on urea up by 5.8%
  • Freight charges on diesel, LPG up by 5.8%
  • Freight charges on iron and steel, iron ore, cement up 5.8%
  • Freight charges on grains to increase by 5.8%
  • Freight charges on coal to rise by 5.8%
  • Scaled down FY13 freight target due to economy slowdown
  • 1,500 km to be awarded for dedicated freight corridor FY14
  • Propose fuel adjusted freight rate increase from Apr 1
  • To have dynamic fuel adjustment charges for freight tariff
Financial Operations:
  • FY14 planned investment 633.63 bln rupees
  • FY13 railway losses seen 246 bln rupees vs 225 bln yr ago
  • FY13 freight earnings revised target 859.76 bln rupee
  • Aim 45 bln rupees by scrap sale in FY14
  • Expect 66 bln rupee gain via passenger fare revision FY14
  • Depreciation reserve fund at 75 bln rupees
  • FY14 passenger earning target 422.10 bln rupees
  • FY14 freight revenue earning target 935.54 bln rupees, up 9%
  • FY14 operating ratio targeted at 87.8%
  • FY14 gross receipts target 1.44 trln rupees
  • Number of passengers to increase by 5.2% in FY14
  • FY14 gross traffic receipt target 1.44 trln rupees
  • FY13 gross traffic receipt seen at 1.25 trln rupees
  • Passengers earning target 325 bln rupees in FY13
  • Hope to mobilise 60 bln rupees via PPP route in FY14
  • FY13 operating ratio estimated 88.8%
Safety, Modernisation:
  • To make 10-year corporate plan for rail safety
  • Plan to introduce corporate safety plan for 10 yrs from 2014
  • Need support from central road fund to cut level crossings
  • Train protection warning system to be implemented
  • 10,797 level crossings to be eliminated in 12th plan
  • Won't add new level crossings
  • Safety fund provisioning inadequate
  • 40% of rail accidents, 60% of fatalities at level crossings