Arun Jaitley, who steered the passage of the Bills, told the House that the GST will make commodities “slightly cheaper” and rates would depend on whether the commodity is used by a rich person or a common man.
The Railways is selling the idea with the proposition that if someone opts for Vikalp, while getting a waitlisted ticket in an ordinary mail/express train, then she might get accommodated on a Rajdhani or Shatabdi Express at no extra cost.
In both instances, the EC asked the ministries to wait for the election to get over, officials said. Similarly, the Railway Ministry sent a list of 23 stations it wanted redeveloped, and wanted to announce the move through a function.
The announcement of fare hike is unlikely to feature in the Budget speech. The railways is likely to increase fares of its highly subsidised passenger segment, especially the non-AC classes in 2017-18.
This was the third major derailment in a little over two months. On November 10 last year, 14 coaches of the Indore-Patna Express derailed at Pukhrayan, 60 km from Kanpur, resulting in at least 150 deaths.
The total expenditure incurred in the 24 main plan heads that signify actual asset creation in Railways during a particular year, the expenditure, so far, is just about Rs 600 crore more than last year’s figures.
Arguing their case, the Confederation of Civil Service Associations has added to the petition a record of how the number of non-IAS Group A Service officers posted as Secretaries has declined over the years.