New Delhi: Union Railway Minister has left no stone unturned in transforming Indian Railway into the latest and unique shape. The Minister of Railways Suresh Prabhakar Prabhu while presenting the Railway Budget 2015-16 in Parliament today has said that the goals of transforming Indian Railways will be achieved with a five point execution strategy.

Major Points:

a) Adopting a medium-term perspective:Budget proposals to mark beginning of a Five Year Action Plan to transform the Railways.

b) Building Partnerships:This will require partnering with key stakeholders: States, PSU’s, partner with multilateral and bi-lateral organizations & other governments to gain access to long term financing and technology from overseas, the private sector to improve last mile connectivity, expand fleet of rolling stock and modernize our station infrastructure.

c) Leveraging additional resources:Indian Railways envisages investment of Rs. 8.5 lakh crore in next five years to be mobilized from multiple sources to cater to funding i.e multilateral development banks, pension funds.

d) Revamping management practices, systems, processes, and re-tooling of human resources: Targeted operating ratio for 2015-16 at 88.5% against 91.8%in 2014-15: best in the last 9 years.· Indian Railways to speed up decision making, tighten accountability, improve management information systems: training and development of human resource.

e) To set standards for Governance and Transparency.

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