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Highlights: Rail budget 2009-10

Highlights of railway budget for 2009-10

New Delhi: Following are the highlights of the rail budget for the current fiscal presented by Railway Minister Mamata Banerjee in the Lok Sabha Friday:


  • No increase in passenger, freight fares

  • Rs.1,102 crore allocated towards improving passenger amenities

  • Kolkata metro to be extended

  • Rs.50 billion increase in budgetary support in 2009-10

  • Freight target for 2009-10 set at 882 million tonnes

  • Target set in interim budget unrealistic

  • Freight cargo increased 5 percent in 2008-09

  • One doctor to be posted on each long distance train

  • Rs.25 monthly pass for unorganised sector employees with income below Rs.1,500 for travel up to 100 km

  • New "Yuva" fully air-conditioned train for youth

  • Yuva fares Rs.299 up to a distance of 1,500 km and Rs.399 up to 2,500 km

  • Student concession to be extended to madarssa students

  • Student concession of 60 percent on Kolkata Metro

  • Introduction of trains for women during peak seasons

  • 12 non-stop trains

  • New train information system to be started in Kolkata, Chennai, Delhi

  • 50 mobile rail ticket vans to be introduced

  • ATMs on 200 mid and small-sized stations

  • Integrated security scheme for 140 vulnerable stations

  • Setting up of a 1,000 MW power plant

  • Special recruitment drive for the physically challenged, minorities

  • Committee under Sam Pitroda to commercialise railways' optic fibre network

  • Private operation of freight terminals to be encouraged

  • New factory in West Bengal for making 500 state-of-the-art coaches annually

  • "Janta khana" (peoples' food) to be provided at railway stations

  • Railways will not be guided by economic viability, but by social commitment

  • Seven nursing colleges to provide employment to railway spouses

  • Medical colleges proposed to be opened through public-private partnership model

  • Cold storages and cargo facilities to eliminate wastage of perishables

  • 50 world class stations to be developed on public-private partnership model

  • 309 out of 375 stations will be developed with modern facilities

  • 50 stations at tourist, religious places to have integrated facilities

  • Infotainment facilities on Rajdhani Express for long distance passengers

  • Unreserved ticketing systems to be expanded from 5,000 to 8,000 terminals

  • Passengers can buy unreserved tickets at 5,000 post offices

  • Air-conditioned double-decker trains for inter-city travel

  • SMS updates for wait-listed passengers

  • 200 automatic vending machines at key stations for selling tickets

  • Discount for press correspondents increased from 30 to 50 percent

  • Discount of 60 percent on fare if press correspondents travel with spouse

Source: Indo-Asian News Service

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PME Due Date

Master Circular No. 25

Copy of Railway Board’s letter No. 69/H/3/11 dated 06.12.1974

Subject: Implementation of the Recommendations of the Visual Sub-Committee.

6. Periodical re-examination of serving Railway Employees:

6.l. In order to ensure the continued ability of Railway employees in Classes A l, A 2, A 3, B l and B 2 to discharge their duties with safety, they will be required to appear for re-examination at the following stated intervals throughout their service as indicated below:

6.1.1. Classes A l, A 2 and A 3 —At the termination of every period of three years, calculated from the date of appointment until they attain the age of 45 years, and thereafter annually until the conclusion of their service.

Note: (l) The staff in categories A l, A 2 and A 3 should be sent for special medical examination in the interest of safety under the following circumstances unless they have been under the treatment of a Railway Medical Officer.

(a) Having undergone any treatment or operation for eye trouble irrespective of the duration of sickness.

(b) Absence from duty for a period in excess of 90 days.

(2) If any employee in medical category A has been periodically medically examined at any time within one year prior to his attaining the age of 45, his next medical examination should be held one year from the due date of the last medical examination and subsequent medical examination annually thereafter.

If, however, such an employee has been medically examined, at any time earlier, than one year prior to his attaining the age of 45, his next medical examination should be held on the date he attains the age of 45 and subsequent medical examination annually thereafter.

Ammendment: It was ammended in 1993 as below

Age Group PME Due

Age 00-45 every 4yrs

Age 45-55 every 2yrs

Age 55-60 every year
As per Rly Bd's Guideline of Medical Exam issued vide LNo. 88/H/5/12 dated 24-01-1993

a) PME would be done at the termination of every period of 4 years from date of appointment / Initial medical Exam till the date of attainment of age of 45 years, every 2 years upto 55 years & there after annual till retirement.
b) Employees who has been periodically examined at any time within 2years prior to his attaining the age of 45years would be examined after 2years from the date of last PME & subsequent PME for every 2years upto 55years age.Of

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6.1.2. Classes B-1 and B-2—On attaining the age of 45 years, and thereafter at the termination of every period of five years.