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Railway Budget proposed more on planning than execution

Post MBA exam results, Group Discussion will be crucial for MBA admission so it is advised to read and practice with variety of topics. In following GD topic you will be getting some points with divergent views which you can pick up and develop.  Today, you will read GD topic:  
 
"Recent Railway Budget proposed more on planning than execution"
 
Most Indians believe that the recent railway budget is all about tall claims. Just like how the previous railway budgets have proven to be ineffective and a list of broken promises, this year’s railway budget seems to be following the same path. Every year, Rail Bhavan promises to enhance the passengers’ safety and improve the amenities in trains and in train stations, but so far, the citizens have not been able to witness these changes. 
 
This year, Railway Minister Pawan Kumar Bansal made similar claims that he will improve customer amenities at stations, add Wi-Fi connectivity in trains and ensure women passengers’ travel safely. How will these plans materialize if Indian Railways is bent on maintaining the same passenger fares as last year? How will the agency spend more when it is losing money? Hence, the Railway Budget 2013-2014 seems more of a plan than an execution. 
 
For the past two years, Indian Railways has been promising the citizens that it will flag off 32 new trains between Thane, Kalyan, Kasara and Khopoli, but until now, not a single train has started operations. Since there are budget constraints, how can Indian Railways look into new ventures? In addition, Indian Railways will be increasing freight tariffs, losing the freight market to road transporters. This is the present state of the railways sector, in which the future appears rather bleak.
 
Although there are several claims that never seem to materialize, Indian Railways is working hard to execute some of the changes it has proposed this year. According to the Railway Budget 2013-2014, Indian Railways is keen on increasing the number of jobs by 1.5 lakhs this year. Instead of purely keeping it on paper, the government body has gone a step further by starting the recruitment process in more than 60 cities in India. It has begun the recruitment process for 47,000 staff. Although we are unaware of the outcome of the recruitment process and if Indian Railways will be able to keep its promise, we have evidence that the agency is keen on executing its plan.
 
So, although Indian Railways has made tall claims in the Railway Budget 2013-2014, we can see that the agency is making an attempt to improve the railway sector in India. However, the rate at which it is making changes to the sector is rather alarming. Looking at the history of railway budgets and the steps taken by the agency every year, we can safely say that Indian Railways promises more than it can offer. In fact, most of the areas of improvement never get implemented. 

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