In an effort to make upcoming Railway Budget citizen centric, Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu has invited suggestions from the public.
The initiative taken by the Railway Minister is aimed towards bonding an engagement between the Railways and the citizens. This will help railways to understand problems faced by a common man while travelling on the Indian Railways and will ensure that the areas of a citizen’s concern will get place in railways’ preferences.
To put their ideas, citizens can login on the Railway Ministry website www.indianrailways.gov.in and submit suggestions and innovative ideas on different issues related to railway as computerisation, finance, foot-over bridges, freight and infrastructure. The suggestions have also been requested on new trains, extension of trains, augmentation of trains, frequency of trains, pantry cars and catering, railway lines, road over and under bridges, crime prevention, safe running of trains, disaster management, tourism-related services, etc. The suggestion can be submitted on Indian railways website maximum by January 16, 2015.
According the statement, the initiative of Railways is aligned along the Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s vision of participative governance. Prabhu has already convened meeting with industry bodies and chambers in due course of preparing Railway Budget which is expected to be presented on the floor of parliament in the last week of February. Indian Railways is already in touch with people through its social media platforms like Twitter, Facebook and Youtube with the common URL @RailMinIndia.
A community social media platform ‘LocalCircles’ has offered to voluntarily partnered with the Indian Railways to provide collective citizen inputs on various areas related to railways. At the same time Railway’s local social circle ‘Make Railways Better’ is collating inputs from the feedback gathered from their large 70,000+ strong online citizen community on different topics as budget, cleanliness, safety, reservation systems, productivity and food.