The heading appears to be incorrect/ misleading and it is ,But some how there is truth in it .which we will try to prove in details given below
No budget leak but this is a fact that in Rail Budget ,to be presented on 14.12.2012 ,Railway minister will says something link this .
"Due to inflationary reason ,This year rail freight rates are not going to be increased,No Change.............? " .
But the truth will be beyond his statements .In fact Railway has increased railway freight across the board for all most all class of goods from 20 to 35 % wef 06.03.2012(download new rates at the end of the post) .Never in the history of railway such an increase has been done ,a flat increase of freight by 20 % which is gone by 35 % in few cases.Appox 70% revenue of railways comes from freight .So what more left in Budget ,Just a bundle of Figure ? Few New trains ? New Factories in West Bengal ? Main thing of Budget (increase in rates) has already been done without any noise.
Please refer railway commercial circular RC-7 heading is "Rationalization of Freight Rates effective from 06.303.2012" actually it must be renamed as "Heavy Increase in Freight Rates effective from 06.303.2012" in this circular rates has been increased wef 06.03.2012 by 20 to 35 or more .In older tariff regulation rates slabs are being changed after 25 kilometers but in new rates this limit has been increased to 50 Km after 500-1000 and 100 KM 1000-1500 ,250 km 1500-2000 and there after 500 KM .The hike varies from commodity to commodity ranging between 15 per cent to 35 per cent. While for coal and cement, the hike is between 18 per cent to 24 per cent, for foodgrains and fertliser, the increase is between 20 per cent to 35 per cent. However, railways have reduced freight rate for iron ore export by 16 per cent while there is an increase by 20 per cent for domestic consumption.
We have prepared Difference of Old and new rates
After reading above details ,do you thing any thing left in Rail Budget-2012,Please record your comment
Download Railway Freight Rates effective up to 05.03.2012
Download Railway Freight rate wef 06.03.2012