Jan 29, 2014

Western Railway to text meal rates to outstation passengers



MUMBAI: Western Railway has launched anawareness campaign, called Know Your Rights, toeducate passengers about the correct pricing and quantity of the food provided on outstation trains.

WR had received several complaints ofcontractors overcharging passengers, serving fewer food items, and demanding money to serve curds or packaged water though these are included in the meal package.

"As a pilot project, passengers on five trains, including Maharashtra Sampark Kranti, Avadh Express and Paschim Express, will receive an SMS stating the standard vegetarian and non-vegetarian meal rates, along with the helpline number and email ID to register complaints," said Sharat Chandrayan, WR chief public relations officer.

Leaflets of the campaign, along with meal rates and helpline numbers printed on them, will be also distributed among the passengers.

"WR provides onboard catering services in outstation trains through pantry cars and train vending. The price, quantity and quality of each food item is fixed by the railway board. If a passenger finds that he has been overcharged or the quantity is not as desired, he can complain by calling on 1800111321 (toll-free), or 09004441955 or send an email to cateringcomplaint@gmail.com," said Chandrayan.

WR plans to soon extend the drive to other trains too.

Source..Times of india

Railway minister receives Rs.505.31 crore dividend from 7 PSUs



New Delhi, Jan 28: Railway Minister Mallikarjun Kharge on Tuesday received dividend cheques amounting to Rs.505.31 crore for 2012-13 from the seven public sector undertakings (PSUs) under the Ministry of Railways, an official release said. In 2011-12, the total dividend paid by these seven PSUs was to the tune of Rs.405.78 crore. "Thus, despite slow down in global economy, Railways' PSUs performed well and paid approximately 25 percent more dividend in 2012-13 compared to the previous year," the statement said. At an event at the Rail Bhawan here, chiefs of the seven PSUs - Container Corporation of India Limited, Ircon International Limited, RailTel Corporation of India Limited, RITES Limited, Rail Vikas Nigam Limited, Indian Railways Catering and Tourism Corporation Limited and Indian Railway Finance Corporation Limited - separately handed over the cheques to the minister.

Source..One India

25 per cent jump in dividend of railways PSUs



Despite the economic slowdown, railway public sector undertakings (PSU) have performed well and paid about 25 per cent more dividend in 2012-13 as compared to the previous year. 

All seven PSUs of railways gave cheques amounting to a total of Rs 505.31 crores as dividend for the year 2012-13 to Railway Minister Mallikarjun Kharge here today. 

The total dividend paid in 2012-13 jumped by Rs 99.53 cr as against Rs 405.78 cr paid in 2011-12. 

"Despite the slowdown, railway PSUs have performed well and are paying approximately 25 per cent more dividend in 2012-13 as compared to the previous year," a senior railway ministry official said. 

The heads of all seven PSUs -- Container Corporation of India Ltd (Concor), Ircon International Ltd, RailTel Corporation of India Ltd (RCIL), RITES, Rail Vikas Nigam Ltd (RVNL), Indian Railways Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC) and Indian Railway Finance Corporation (IRFC) -- met Kharge and personally presented the cheques. 

The maximum dividend was paid by Ircon Chairman-cum- Managing Director, Mohan Tiwari, who handed over a cheque of Rs 148.06 crore. He was followed by Concor CMD Anil K Gupta, who gave the minister a cheque for Rs 143.48 crore. 

The cheque for the lowest amount was from IRCTC, which returned a dividend of Rs 11.77 crore. 

IRFC MD Rajiv Dutt presented a cheque for Rs 110 crore while the RITES cheque, presented by CMD RK Mehrotra, amounted to Rs 50 crore, RVNL CMD Satish Agnihotri handed over a cheque for Rs 27 crore while RK Bahuguna of RCIL gave a cheque for Rs 15 crore
Source - business-standard

 

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