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Four-Year Achievements & Initiatives of the Ministry of Railways (Relevant for GS Prelims, GS Mains Paper III; Economics)

  1. Safety first
    Safety has reigned supreme with consequential train accidents reduced to 62% from 118 in 2013-14 to 73 in 2017-18. Rashtriya Rail Sanraksha Kosh (RRSK) fund of Rs. 1 Lakh Cr has been allocated for safety expenditure over 5 years. Addressing the issue of unsafe crossings on a war footing, 5,479 Unmanned Level Crossings have been eliminated in the last four years. 1.1 lakh safety posts are also being filled-up through recruitment amongst other measures to improve safety.

 

  1. Services
    Railways is improving passenger services including a complete makeover of Stations by installing modern facilities including escalators, lifts, free wifi etc. while instilling local art and culture in the design. 68 stations are slated for improvement by March 2019.

Government has improved trains and coaches including launching the Tejas, Antyodaya and Humsafar trains.

 

  1. Rail University
    India’s First National Rail & Transportation University in Vadodara is set to open in August 2018.

(Adapted from PIB)

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