The Union Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu on Thursday announced the much anticipated Railway Budget 2016-17 in the Lok Sabha.
Addressing concerns of mothers, Prabhu said the Indian Railways would like to mitigate the hardships that mothers undergo while travelling with their infants and, for this purpose, we will pilot availability of children’s menu items on trains.
“Further baby foods, hot milk and hot water would be made available on stations and changing boards for babies would be provided in train toilets,” he added.
The Railway Budget for 2016-17 spared passengers and goods movement from any increase in tariffs while it announced introduction of three new superfast trains and creation of dedicated north-south, east-west and east coast freight corridors by 2019.
Presenting his second Budget in the Lok Sabha, Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu promised rationalising of the tariff structure by undertaking a review to evolve competitive rates vis-a-vis other modes of transport and to expand the freight basket as a means of additional revenue mobilisation.