8th April 2017 | Editorial Simplified

Editorial Simplified : 8th Day of April 2017

This Series of posts covers the essential Editorial from prominent newspapers. The Editorial from the newspapers are compiled by the Subject Teachers form the Academy and provided in notes format so that the aspirants does not waste their precious time in sifting through the newspapers. 

The Hindu

Editorial : Track to efficiency

Context:

The government has announced the formation of a Rail Development Authority

Important Points:

  • The proposed Authority would have to ensure that the resources of the system are optimally utilised, overcoming existing inefficiencies that arise from the fact that policy, regulatory and management functions of the railways are intertwined. 
  • The centralisation of all functions in the Railway Board has proved detrimental to the organisation’s growth.
  • There is a need for investment in railway infrastructure as the growing economy has further raised the demand for railway services.
  • This is necessary to reverse the trend of declining rates of growth in railway freight revenues and volumes, set during 2011-12.
  • A big challenge for the centre is to facilitate higher non-budgetary investment in the railways.
  • The Bibek Debroy committee had also noted that private investments are not forthcoming due to the monopolistic structure of the railways.
  • There are several areas where development can take place – using IT to better deliver traditional services leading to greater efficiencies, regulation of tariff to match the quality of travel, optimization of freight tariffs.
  • Europe in the 1990’s separated infrastructure and operations in its railway management. This could be an interesting way of bringing about sustainable results.

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