NEW DELHI: For the first time on Tuesday, the Ministry of Railways will give live updates of Rail Budget on social media platforms such as Twitter, Facebook and YouTube and also operate a dedicated phone line, where people can dial and hear live Budget proceedings.
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After launching the ministry’s official pages on Twitter and Facebook on Monday, Union Railway Minister D V Sadananda Gowda said the use of social media has been the forte of the Modi-led NDA Government that leads to transparency and quick dissemination of information.
In the Budget, the minister is likely to announce the launch of a web application and make railways enquiry number - 139 - toll free for the convenience of the passengers. People can connect to budget proceedings by logging on to www.twitter.com/RailMinindia or www.facebook.com/RailMinindia or www.youtube.com/user/RailMinindia listen live on 022-4501-5555 to catch the Railway Budget 2014 live on Tuesday.
“The Ministry of Railways is making its presence on the social media as well as a call in number to listen to important announcement starting with the Budget. This unique 360 degree platform will help the Railways to listen, and gauge valuable feedback from its fellow travellers,” the minister added.
After a bitter pill of 14.2 per cent increase in passenger fare last month, the NDA’s maiden Budget would be more about presenting the government’s vision to improve the condition of Railways.
Gowda is likely to focus on a complete makeover and means of improving financial health of the cash-strapped Railways, the largest mass transport in the country.
The Budget is likely to talk about improving services which includes modern amenities such as bullet trains, airport-standard railway stations, quality food in trains, modern and clean coaches, safety of passengers, an effective grievance redress mechanism and technology-driven services like WiFi in trains.
With railways reeling under severe monetary crunch, Gowda is also likely to announce measures to improve its financial health by allowing FDI in certain areas and PPP model in others.