Avishek G Dastidar


Months before retirement, Railway Board financial commissioner puts in his papers
Sun, Jun 26, 2016

Financial Commissioner is an ex-officio Secretary to Government of India. It is the topmost post managing finances of Railways, including the Budget.

No more Rail Budget? Niti Ayog note to PMO terms it as ‘failed’ exercise
Wed, Jun 22, 2016

NITI Aayog argues in favour of scrapping the exercise, NDA govt seeks Railway Ministry’s views.

Railways to install 35,000 CCTVs in 1,000 stations for women passengers’ safety
Fri, Jun 10, 2016

Railways has accorded this project top priority, with Chairman of Railway Board personally monitoring its progress.

Maharashtra stops Rs 98,000-cr bullet train project in its tracks
Wed, Jun 08, 2016

The state government is learnt to have told Railways that since only a small portion of the bullet train corridor — one of Modi’s pet infrastructure projects — falls in Maharashtra, such a large revenue loss cannot be justified.

Station uplift to Rail University, PM Modi unhappy at ‘slow pace’ of progress
Mon, Jun 06, 2016

These included the redevelopment of 400 stations and setting up of a Rail University, and other initiatives such as using advertisements for generating revenue.

For regulator, Railways favours executive order route
Tue, May 31, 2016

Giving tariff-setting powers to the regulator right now would entail going to Parliament with a Bill to amend the Railway Act, which Railways is not keen to do at the moment.

From June 15, Railways to start trial in which passengers can opt out of meals on Rajdhani, Shatabdi
Fri, May 27, 2016

Railways to begin 45-day trial on two Rajdhanis and as many Shatabdis from June 15.

Rs 94,000 crore is capital expenditure, said Railways, a quarter of it only on paper
Tue, May 10, 2016

Almost 15 per cent capex, or Rs 15,081 crore, shown by the Railways in 2015-16 represents work done by joint venture companies in the railway sector.

Bullet train project: Arvind Panagariya, top officials to visit Japan
Thu, May 05, 2016

Panagariya, along with the Foreign Secretary, Railway Board Chairman and Secretaries of Department of Economic Affairs, Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion are scheduled to meet in Tokyo on May 16.

Five Questions: ‘Bureaucracy has become arrogant… politicians weak’
Sat, Apr 30, 2016

During Zero Hour on Friday, BJP MP Udit Raj raised the issue of MPs ‘losing their influence’. He talks to Avishek G Dastidar about what prompted him to raise the issue

Vijay Mallya may be absent, his question on bullet train shows up in Rail Ministry
Thu, Apr 28, 2016

Mallya’s notice for a question, which arrived in Rail Bhawan on Tuesday, took officials by surprise, given the circumstances surrounding him.

Railways helps clear Kolkata flyover debris
Sun, Apr 24, 2016

The last of the debris was cleared on Saturday.

Kolkata flyover collapse: Construction firm was on Railway Ministry’s watchlist
Fri, Apr 01, 2016

S C Agnihotri, Chief Managing Director, Rail Vikas Nigam Limited (RVNL), told The Indian Express, “Because of non-performance, we had terminated a few of their contracts.”

Gatimaan Express, India’s fastest train, hits tracks next week
Fri, Apr 01, 2016

The train will have 12 coaches of Executive Class as well as chair cars. It is yet to be decided whether to allow commercial booking for the inaugural run or start it the following day.

The curious case of 2 Mamatas, 2 Roys, and one angry Suresh Prabhu
Thu, Mar 31, 2016

Expecting Bengal CM, Railway Minister rolled out red carpet for her namesake MP.

Toothpaste costs more than train travel: Railway officials to Suresh Prabhu
Thu, Mar 31, 2016

According to the calculations, a small tube of toothpaste costs more than the lowest train fare from Delhi to Chandigarh. The bus fares for the route are much more.

India’s ‘fastest train’ beats first Shatabdi by all of two minutes
Sun, Mar 27, 2016

March 22 trial shows Gatimaan remains hobbled by track, speed restrictions; Chairman, Rail Board, says high-speed trains world over run on straight tracks.

5 Questions: Budget has only treated symptom, not real illness, says P S Chandumajra
Tue, Mar 15, 2016

Speaking to The Indian Express, P S Chandumajra said govt needs to do more for farmers.

A bedtime story: Journey of a Railway linen set, part of an 18-lakh-set daily operation
Sun, Mar 13, 2016

The Rail Ministry told Parliament last month that Railways washes its blankets once every two months. Tracing the journey of one Railway linen set, part of an 18-lakh-set daily operation.

Mission Raftaar: Rajdhanis, Shatabdis to run with 2 engines to cut time
Tue, Mar 08, 2016

In the trial run between Ajmer and Delhi, the Shatabdi cut travel time by 40 minutes.

If we are serious about fighting corruption, we must have death penalty: Lok Sabha MP Rajesh Ranjan
Thu, Mar 03, 2016

Pappu Yadav speaks to The Indian Express on the issue.

Rail Budget highlights: 7 cr emails, 1 cr SMSes on track
Fri, Feb 26, 2016

A quarantined facility in Rail Bhawan was busy preparing these targeted highlihts since Thursday morning and by evening the mails and the SMSes started firing.

Rail budget: ‘Zero accident’ plan to prevent mishaps
Fri, Feb 26, 2016

There have been 233 accidents since 2014-15 till date on the rail network, almost similar to the corresponding period in the two years preceding that.

Pay commission payout: New action plan to cushion impact
Fri, Feb 26, 2016

With this background, the finance wizards of Railways have created an action plan to exorcise the CPC bogie deftly next fiscal without hiking either fares or freight rates.

Railway budget: Non-tariff revenue (or non-fare box revenue)
Fri, Feb 26, 2016

Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu put unprecedented emphasis on this term in his rail budget speech, and also in the philosophy of the budget. What does it mean?

Rail budget: No hike in fares; 3 more freight corridors, cut in goods tariff on its way
Fri, Feb 26, 2016

As per the Budget, Railways will rationalise freight rates in the next few months to make it more competitive vis-a-vis the road sector.

Railway Budget 2016: Suresh Prabhu may window-dress fund woes
Thu, Feb 25, 2016

In terms of a rejig of services, Prabhu may also announce a move towards a common seniority for at least the eight Railway services. The step, if taken, is bound to invite controversy.

Govt forms new entity for bullet train; may get Rs 200 crore in Rail Budget
Thu, Feb 25, 2016

The total project cost of the Mumbai-Ahmedabad corridor being around Rs 98,000 crore, India will have to invest around Rs 18,000 crore to meet its part of the deal.

Had cops touched lawyers at Patiala House Court, it would’ve been mayhem: Kiran Bedi
Tue, Feb 23, 2016

"From my experience I know, had the police touched even one lawyer that day, all the lawyers would have ganged up and more violence would have taken place," said Kiran Bedi.

2.8 lakh of its pensioners above 80 years, Railways want to run a check
Thu, Feb 25, 2016

The inspectors, all railway employees, have been asked to visit the houses of all pensioners in this age bracket, obtain their signatures and, if possible, that of their neighbours as witnesses to certify that the beneficiary is alive.

Sanjeev Kapoor to prepare menu for railway food
Fri, Feb 12, 2016

Kapoor has undertaken similar exercise with large organisations and has a clear idea of the challenges, an official said.

Rail Budget might revamp coolie system with new name, trolleys and ads
Thu, Feb 11, 2016

Sources said Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu may elaborate on this in the Rail Budget, scheduled for later this month.

Railways may roll out huge cost cutting plan next Budget
Wed, Feb 10, 2016

Railways usually attempts to cut down that increase. Now, the idea is to not only arrest that increase, but to try and reverse it—something Railways is not used to.

Fifth State to Sign Pact: Railways, Chhattisgarh sign JV for infrastructure development
Wed, Feb 10, 2016

This also marks part of the beginning of a new model of rail infrastructure development in India conceived and unfolded during Prabhu’s tenure as the minister.

Govt notifies amended SC/ST law
Tue, Jan 26, 2016

The new law widens the scope and definition of offences committed against SCs and STs, adding new offences to the list.