You are here: Home » Opinion » Columns
Business Standard

Railways without a separate budget

Recent neglect of the Indian Railways' finances is worrying and public policy debate on this must be revived

Topics
BS Opinion | Indian Railways | Rail budget

A K Bhattacharya 

A K Bhattacharya

The Modi government’s decision in 2017 to do away with the presentation of a separate annual for the was hailed as a significant reform. What got discarded was a 92-year-old practice, started by the British and continued by the Indian government even after independence. Presenting the Union for 2017-18, the then finance minister, Arun Jaitley, had stated: “I feel privileged to present the first combined of independent India that includes the Railways also. We are now in a position to synergise the investments in railways, roads, waterways and civil aviation.”

TO READ THE FULL STORY, SUBSCRIBE NOW NOW AT JUST RS 249 A MONTH.

SUBSCRIBE TO INSIGHTS

What you get on Business Standard Premium?

  • icon Unlock 30+ premium stories daily hand-picked by our editors, across devices on browser and app.
  • icon Full access to our intuitive epaper - clip, save, share articles from any device; newspaper archives from 2006.
  • icon Curated newsletters on markets, personal finance, policy & politics, start-ups, technology, and more.
  • icon Pick your 5 favourite companies, get a daily email with all news updates on them.
  • icon 26 years of website archives.
  • icon Preferential invites to Business Standard events.

OR

Dear Reader,


Business Standard has always strived hard to provide up-to-date information and commentary on developments that are of interest to you and have wider political and economic implications for the country and the world. Your encouragement and constant feedback on how to improve our offering have only made our resolve and commitment to these ideals stronger. Even during these difficult times arising out of Covid-19, we continue to remain committed to keeping you informed and updated with credible news, authoritative views and incisive commentary on topical issues of relevance.
We, however, have a request.

As we battle the economic impact of the pandemic, we need your support even more, so that we can continue to offer you more quality content. Our subscription model has seen an encouraging response from many of you, who have subscribed to our online content. More subscription to our online content can only help us achieve the goals of offering you even better and more relevant content. We believe in free, fair and credible journalism. Your support through more subscriptions can help us practise the journalism to which we are committed.

Support quality journalism and subscribe to Business Standard.

Digital Editor

First Published: Tue, May 10 2022. 22:13 IST
RECOMMENDED FOR YOU
.