This Rail Budget surprisingly was announced in the Union Budget. As per promise made by our Railway Minister Shri Suresh Prabhu, new catering policy was launched in the Rail Budget.
Under this Rail Budget, Women working in Railway stalls under the premises of the Indian Railways would be given 33% sub-quota. This new policy was released as per the commitment made by our Railway Minister.
A senior official working at IRCTC further said that this quota is a move taken by Indian Railways to empower women. The governing body which is held responsible for implementing this policy is catering units of Indian Railways. According to the new policy released in this Rail Budget, a positive initiative taken by Rail department to build a strong women nation will give sub-quota of up to 33%.
As per running rule of Indian Railways, 25% quota has been reserved for special categories like SC 6%, ST 4%, BPL 3%, OBC 3%, Minorities 3%, freedom fighters 4% and physically challenged persons 2% in some of the major stations.
In other catering units, reservation criteria are different and almost 49.5% reserved for different categories like mostly reserved for While in other category stations, 49.5 per cent catering units are reserved for various categories like SC 12%, ST 8%, OBC 20% and minorities 9.5%.
The new policy aims to give 33% sub-quota at all stations. This rule will apply for every minor catering unit. Officials will make sure that woman participating or working through this route doesn’t go below a certain level.
This sub-quota will make sure that the reservation percentage is 8 for major railway stations and 17 for other stations.
Under the provision, Railways shall ensure that women participation does not fall below a specific level.
Surprisingly, almost 8000 minor catering units are present in Indian Railways, and all will be included in this quote following terms and conditions levied by the Indian Railways.
Know More About Indian Railways Rail Budget 2016-2017
Indian Railways Catering and Tourism Corporation is an Indian Railways’ subsidiary company that looks after services like catering, Tourism, and online ticket booking to provide comfortable services to the passengers traveling through Indian Railways.
The reputation of Indian Railways was at stake, but with the announcement of Rail Budget and Union Budget, Government has given hopes to the travelers to provide better train traveling services at affordable rates. Indian Rail Budget has taken many moves to strengthen services that are provided while traveling in Indian Rail.
For example, when you book your ticket online via IRCTC website, earlier a service charge was charged on the tickets, but from now, service charge has been waived off.
Yes, you heard it right, when you will book your ticket online, you won’t be asked to pay for additional service charges of Rs.20 and Rs.40 for sleeper and AC class.
Indian Railways is continually improving. The passengers who were disappointed earlier can try traveling by Indian Railways to experience a safer and comfortable journey for both Men and Women.