Discrimination faced by Mumbaikars...

If the housing societies in Mumbai (Bombay) are only meant for families (married couples), then the government of Maharashtra should make marriage compulsory in the state/city.
Or else the government should tell its citizens where will Unmarried, Divorcees, Bachelors, Spinsters live in the city of skyscrapers or is Bombay only for those who have families.
This is one of the greatest mental blocks of Mumbaikars, who otherwise want to bask in the FALSE HALO of Cosmopolitanism.
This disease (of not giving apartments to Bachelors, Muslims, etc on rent) is specially prevalent in housing societies where the Gujaratis, Marathis and North Indians (to some extent) abound; while the rest of the population is more or less okay with the concept.
The government of Maharashtra should take this matter seriously and devise laws to eradicate this malice ASAP, so that BOMBAY (and its suburbs) becomes free of discrimination based on Marital Status, Religion, etc. Or else the Honourable Supreme Court of India should step in, and give directions to the state or central governments -- so that the fundamental rights of its citizens enshrined in the constitution of India is not violated.

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