(News) Comments and Suggestions Invited for Rail Development Authority of India

(News) Comments and Suggestions Invited for Rail Development Authority of India

Ministry of Railways has prepared a concept paper on Rail Development authority of India which has been uploaded on the Indian Railway website namely www.indianrailways.gov.in. The salient features of the Note are:

  • Minister of Railways Shri Suresh Prabhakar Prabhu in his speech for Rail Budget 2015-16 had said that for orderly development of infrastructure services, enabling competition and protection of customer interest, it is important to have a regulation mechanism independent of the service provider. The concept paper has been prepared in line with the vision presented by the Minister of Railways.

  • National Transport Development Policy Committee (NTDPC) Report of 2014 had recommended that a Rail Tariff Authority should be set up which should become the overall regulator. Later Bibek Debroy Committee Report had also recommended a regulator with overarching functions.

  • Many of the countries like U.K, Russia, US, Australia, Germany have regulatory structure in some form or the other.

  • The Authority will discharge functions in a manner to protect the interest of consumers, ensuring quality of service, promoting competition, encouraging market development, efficient allocation of resources, provide non-discriminatory open access specially on DFC and to benchmark service levels for ensuring quality, continuity and reliability of service.

  • The Authority will undertake four key functions:
  • Fixing tariff.
  • Ensuring fair play and level playing field for private investment in railways.
  • Determination of efficiency and performance standards.
  • Dissemination of information.
  • The Authority can initially be set up through an executive order and can be subsequently strengthen through a legislation process.
  • The Authority will consist of Chairman and four other members who have experience and knowledge in railways, infrastructure, finance, law, management and consumer affairs.
  • More details about the Concept Paper can be seen at the website www.indianrailways.gov.in.
  • Suggestions and comments from the public are invited. Public comments can be submitted by 30th January, 2016 through email at railwaydevelopmentauthority(at)gmail.com

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Courtesy: indianrailways.gov.in

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