The annual plans of states for 1976-77 showed substantial increases in outlays on agriculture, irrigation and power programmes. The states sector (excluding Union territories and hilly areas) outlay rose from Rs 2766.56 crore to almost Rs 3,500 crore. This was a hike of almost 26 per cent and expected to take the annual plan for the next year to more than Rs 7,500 crore.
Sit-down meals in dining cars was on the way out, a report revealed. The railway board planned to progressively replace dining cars on the 50 pairs of trains that boast the facility with kitchen equipped pantry cars that don’t provide eating space. The idea was to dispense with the kitchen car eventually and serve only packed or tray meals picked up from select stations en route. The railways felt the space taken
up by dining cars should be used for carrying passengers. Dining cars occupied a lot of space, benefited only a limited number of upper-class passengers and deprived the ordinary travelling public of additional accommodation. Base kitchens were being set up at important halts where food would be prepared in hygienic conditions, the trays stacked in insulated trolleys and delivered to the pantry cars when the trains arrived at the stations.
Making in India
The keel of the first Indian-built Panama-class bulk carrier was to be laid at the Cochin Shipyard on February 11. The 75,000 dwt carrier, the largest ever to be built in India, was one of the two for which the firm got orders. The first was scheduled for delivery in mid-1973 and the second in 1979. The PM would lay the keel at a ceremony in Cochin.
The government of Mozambique changed the name of its capital from Lorenzo Marquis to Maputo.