Friday, November 18, 2016

Garib Rath reservation charges increased by the Railway minister C. P. Joshi

Garib Rath express is one of the most significant and the most innovative trains started in the Indian Railways. It was introduced in the year 2005 by the then Railway minister, Shri Lalu Prasad Yadav ji. The train was launched in order to let the poor people who cannot afford AC and Sleeper class tickets to enjoy the AC benefits. The charges of this train were fairly lower than the rest of the trains so that the common and the below average person can afford a comfortable AC ride. This brought great economic benefits and upraises to the then ruling party and gave great popularity to the former Railway minister Shri Lalu Prasad Yadav ji.

The latest news in the country is that the new Railway minister Shri C. P. Joshi has planned to increase the charges of this particular train. As per the sources he says that the surcharges of the bed will be exercised onto the bill charges and the seat charges themselves would also be increased. He clarifies that this amendment has been taken in order to restore the economic conditions of the Railways. An extra charge of Rs. 26 would have to be paid for each bed or seat that is booked by the person. The common views of the people have yet not been taken, but it is supposed to have a negative effect to this new amendment.

The railway minister has asked all the railway boards to make the proper changes to the system software so that this new scheme can be implemented as soon as possible. Although the scheme is to be implemented for a period of 6 months only to see the response of the people to it, yet there is quite expected that it will have a downing effect on the railways. The Garib Rath reservations have been cancelled from the online railway booking portals and other such counters until the new scheme is uploaded onto all the systems. Shri C. P. Joshi have asked all the Railway board personnel to submit a due date as when this scheme would be fully installed in the software. Till then the Garib Rath reservations and advance booking for the tickets can be done at the zonal offices by paying the extra bed charges then and there itself, with a confirmation slip stating that the extra charges have been paid for the bed rolls as per the new scheme which will be implemented very soon.

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