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Subir Roy: Ending rail Budget only the first step

The greatest plus of abolishing the railway Budget is to do away with the chance it gives the railway minister of the day to grandstand before the nation and Parliament for an hour or more, when he feels obliged to announce a few new passenger trains

Subir Roy 

Subir Roy

There is a strong likelihood that we have seen the last of the railway Budget. The only person who can oppose the idea of ending the legacy practice of having a separate Budget for the railways is the railway minister of the day.

But Suresh Prabhu wants to bury the venerable institution. The Union finance ministry is not terribly worked up either way and the public doesn't know whether this will be good for it or not. The greatest plus of abolishing the railway Budget is to do away with the chance it gives the railway minister of the day to grandstand before the nation and Parliament for ...

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First Published: Tue, August 23 2016. 21:48 IST
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