Indian Railway Budget 2016-17 – A Colorful Overview

Indian Railway Budget 2016-17 – A Colorful Overview

The Railway Minister, Shri Suresh Prabhu presented his second railway budget for the year 2016-17 in Parliament today. Definitely a reformative budget that focuses on revenue generation, facility improvement and innovation at the same time! However, what was really radical was how the budget was presented on social media. The official Indian Railways Twitter account, @railminindia codified the entire speech into colorful Twitter picture cards, detailing it under different headings presenting the budget in an easy-to-see and understand way. These big, colorful tweets make it easy for anyone to understand and comprehend the speech, giving it a completely new pleasing dimension, rather than a big boring speech. This could be the new chapter in Indian Railways’ social media efforts that have brought the mammoth bureaucratic and aloof organization closer to the masses and its customers! Indian Railways is surely on a new track, because something like this would’ve been unthinkable of only a few years ago!

Here is a storified version of those tweets, gathered under headings with brief explanations on what they are about. If you want a concise, bullet-point view of the highlights of the railway budget, look no further! It comes with headings detailing Performance and achievements of the Indian Railways in the past year and new initiatives announced in the railway budget 2015-16 under the headings of passenger initiatives, freight initiatives, infrastructural initiatives, organizational initiatives, other initiatives and the seven missions announced to transform Indian Railways.

THE NEW STRATEGY TO REVIVE INDIAN RAILWAYS

VISION 2020

MAJOR ACHIEVEMENTS FOR THE YEAR 2015-16

Financial Performance, Investments, DFCs, Port Connectivity, North-Eastern/J&K Connectivity, Partnering with State Governments, Make in India, Energy Initiatives, Railway University, Digital India.

MAJOR ACHIEVEMENTS FOR 2016-17 – PASSENGER FOCUS

Customer interaction and feedback systems (Social Media, Voice), Extra berths, Trains, Amenities in Trains and Stations, Bio-Toilets, Housekeeping, Punctuality, Ticketing, Safety and Security, Senior Citizen/Women/Disabled Friendliness, Station Redevelopment.

NEW INITIATIVES – NEW TRAIN TYPES

NEW INITIATIVES – TICKETING

NEW INITIATIVES – PASSENGER AMENITIES

New coach designs and amenities, Cleanliness, Catering, Elderly/Woman/Disabled Friendliness, Mobile Apps, Entertainment, Stoppages, Travel Insurance, Baby and Mother Friendliness.

NEW INITIATIVES – CUSTOMER INTERFACING

NEW INITIATIVES – PASSENGER INFRASTRUCTURE

High Speed Rail, Satellite Terminals, Suburban Railways

NEW INITIATIVES – FREIGHT BUSINESS

NEW INITIATIVES – NON-FARE REVENUE GENERATION

NEW INITIATIVES – ORGANIZATIONAL CHANGES

Railway Board Restructuring, Rail Development Authority, Planning and Investment, Research and Development, Foreign Cooperation, Data Analysis, National Rail Plan.

OTHER NEW INITIATIVES

Innovation Initiatives, Test Tracks, Project Contracting and Tracking, IT Integration.

THE SEVEN MISSIONS TO TRANSFORM INDIAN RAILWAYS

NEW INITIATIVES – ENVIRONMENTAL, SOCIAL AND HUMAN RESOURCES

CONCLUSION

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