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    Is it morally possible for govt to stop hoarding & black marketing when itself resorts surge pricing

    Want to express your dissent against the Govt's surge pricing policies? Air your views freely in this engaging and witty discussion at our site.

    Indian Railways which used to be poor man's everything, and still, lifeline of people in many places and situations has now become the bloodsucker in recent days. The present NDA govt gets full credit of that. First it was the Tatkal. Earlier there was just a few seats earmarked for Emergency Quota. All the remaining seats were issued n reservation, firt come first served. But now Tatkal is another legitimate way of looting and exploiting vulnerable, helpless customers. Almost 40 per cent seats are earmarked for Tatkal. This unnecessary makes long waiting list, cancellations and desperation. Railway earns from the tears of ordinary people. Then came the premium trains. All the earlier governments used to provide holiday specials in peak seasons at the same fare of other regular trains. But the present NDA government saw a cash cow. They started exploiting urgent and needy, but helpless people by literally fleecing them.

    And Now Shatabdi and Rajdhani being brought for surge pricing. There was a big cry when the online taxis in Delhi resorted to surge pricing. Indian Railways has become "modern day SHYLOCK". I thankfully recall Lalu Prasad who at least reduced one rupee in a ticket.

    When the government itself is resorting to fleecing helpless vulnerable people by surge pricing and dynamic pricing, has it got any moral right to catch and punish black marketers, hoarders and those who exceed prescribed MRP? The government is indirectly encouraging all these.
    I want to cry 'Lalu lao railways(janata) bachao'
  • #578149
    Wow what passionate appeal from the author which coincides with my feelings too. Before election every government says that they would be people friendly but after elections they completely turn around and use all kinds of unused methods to punish as if we have to suffer for having voted them. The government knows how the traders are hoarding the stocks of essential and then releasing them slowly to jack the prices. The rates of pulses which were increased to greater high, never reduced. Like wise the rice which was sold at 18 to 20 per kg previously was suddenly jacked up between 40 to 45 rupees and that rate wont come down. And we find a scam in petrol pricing too. The Oil companies must publish a white paper as to why they are increasing the price with vast difference and when reducing the price it is merely a pittance. I hope MP's from Congress should raise this issue in Parliament.
    K Mohan
    I consider myself as the learner everyday

  • #578231
    Indian Railway is known for common men's transport. It is the major transporter of Indian population. Therefore separate ministry was provided for rail. Since beginning all the government somehow managed to keep train fare low, since it was directly affecting the mass and vote politics made it compulsory to keep train fare as low as possible. But with passage of time, we forgot to generate capital for Railways which was much needed to provide various facilities to passengers. One pathetic aspect of this low fare was that we compromised on safety standards too and at the cost of passenger's safety, we kept fare low. Now as awareness increased among people, they desired to get enhanced amenities during their travel. Over and above, they wanted a safe journey. For that more money is required for betterment of railways. There are various ways of generating capitals for railways. Apart from all other options, it was very necessary to increase the fare to provide all of us a safe and enjoyable journey.

  • #578249
    Providing bio-toilets in trains and free Wi-Fi at railway stations requires money. Improving safety, cleanliness at railway stations and providing such other amenities to the passengers also cost money, even if we keep aside the projects like bullet trains etc. for the purpose of this discussion.

    The total loss of the railways in the passenger segment during the year 2015 stood at Rs. 33,490 crores. Till now the general policy of the railways was to increase the freight to compensate for losses in the passenger segment. Presently railway charges just about 36 paise per kilometer from the passenger, which is lowest compared to any other mode of transport.

    So far, the railway ministers mostly from Bihar used to use railway passenger fares as a tool to appease the vote bank . It used to be a political decision. Now, the railway minister Suresh Prabhu has taken a bold step by adopting a realistic approach.

    The present introduction of surge fare system will hardly affect less than 1% of the passengers that too, the high-end passengers. AC first has been kept out of the scheme as they are likely to shift to the budget airlines. Further, the scheme is meant for only premium category trains. There are only 42 Rajdhani trains, 46 Shatabdi and 54 Duronto trains as of now.

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  • #578327
    For charging the expenses and profit on each and every item from the user or public in general is not good governance.
    Any person can work that way. For that we do need a horde of ministers, secretaries and people's representatives and bureaucrats. For that we also do not need an elected government and bear the burden of elections and then maintenance of the elected representatives hordes of their personal staff etc. A good corporate organisation with a few dozen of employees will function better than that.

    Do you thing a government is to be a greedy corporate monster?
    A government has to have the benevolence as its priority. A day will come when the people also will start charging the government or ministers for whatever they use. A government has to se equitable and optimum distribution of resources, do adjustments of revenue and expenditure and spend by making priorities.

    Government has to be above the corporate or commercial greed. A policeman cannot be a thief. A judge cannot be a criminal. We all see such institutions beyond the bad factors and as embodiment of virtue and wisdom and benevolent nature. The same with government too.

    If the government wants to act as commercial corporate venture, then it is better we do away with elections and such huge expenses and entrust a corporate to govern. Did not East India Company do that for century and more?
    The [people should not be driven to helplessness. Then they will make the politicians eat humble pie. Such a government loses its moral right to rule.

    Let us keep faith on ourselves and work sincerely, not leave everything to fate.

  • #578332
    The Government is not earning per se like corporates. It is just working as a mediator - collecting money from one hand to distribute it through welfare schemes by the other hand. During the year 2016-17, the total cost of subsidies on food, fertilizers and petroleum had been Rs. 2.31 lakh crore after cutting down the same by 4%. Then there are a number of welfare schemes like Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act, Midday Meal Scheme, National Social Assistance Scheme, Pradhan Mantri Suraksha Bima Yojana, Pradhan Mantri Jeevan Jyoti Bima Yojana and Pradhan Mantri Jan Dhan Yojana etc., to name a few, to be financed from the collected money.
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