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Indian Railway Budget 2012-13

The Indian Railway Budget 2012-13 is presented by Union Railway Minister Dinesh Trivedi on March 14, 2012. This is the maiden Rail budget for Dinesh Trivedi. The budget is for the financial year 2012-13.

Before the budget was presented in the Lok Sabha, Dinesh Trivedi said that the budget will be very good for the entire country and the common man. He said that railways are one of the most important infrastructure of the country and stressed the importance of railways in the country's GDP.

Presenting his budget, Dinesh Trivedi stressed on improving safety measures of the railways. Starting his speech, the minister thanked Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, UPA Chairman Sonia Gandhi, Trinamool Congress president Mamata Banerjee and the leader of the opposition. Setting a target of zero deaths, Dinesh Trivedi said that he is not satisfied with the railway safety standards in India. He said that the Railways planned to eliminate unmanned crossings by 2017.

The Railway Minister proposed the setting up of an Independent Railway Safety Authority as a statutory body. He said that this is the right time to think about a National Railway policy.

The Bharatiya Janata Party mocked Dinesh Trivedi for using poetry in his budget speech. "Shatrughan Sinhaji (BJP leader and actor) who is an expert told me that Trivedi had broken the leg of the Urdu language through his poetry. Now, even eminent poets will forget their poetry," said Sinha mockingly.

Dinesh Trivedi proposed introduction of 75 new express trains and 21 passenger trains.

Indian Railway Budget 2012-13 in News

Manmohan Singh expresses regret over Railway Minister Trivedi's resignation
Congratulating outgoing Railway Minister Dinesh Trivedi for presenting a good railway budget for 2012-13, Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh on Monday regretted his departure from union cabinet.

Mukherjee hopes for resolution of Trinamool crisis
Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee has expressed hope of a resolution to the political crisis plaguing the Congress party-led UPA government.

TMC MP Suman comes out in support of Trivedi, tells Mamata to give space to government
Trinamool Congress (TMC) member of parliament Kabir Suman on Saturday spoke in favour of embattled Railway Minister Dinesh Trivedi, saying West Bengal Chief Minister and Trinmool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee should give the Indian government the space it needs and deserves.

PM, Sonia, Mamata to take final call on Trivedi: Narayanasamy
Minister of State in Prime Minister's Office (PMO), V. Narayanasamy, on Saturday said a final decision on retention or removal of Railway Minister Dinesh Trivedi would be taken by Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh, UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi and Trinamool Congress (TMC) chief Mamata Banerjee.

Trivedi ready to quit as Railway Minister, but wants Mamata's written letter
Railway Minister Dinesh Trivedi, who is in the eye of a storm of his own party, the Trinamool Congress (TMC), ever since he presented the Railway Budget for 2012-13, on Saturday said that he did not want to be seen as running away from his job, and added that he was ready to step down from his post provided Mamata Banerjee wrote to him asking for his resignation.

Left asks PM to resolve ongoing row over Trivedi's resignation
With Railway Minister Dinesh Trivedi asking Trinamool Congress (TMC) chief Mamata Banerjee to convey the party's decision in writing over a decision to down from his post, Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) leader Sitaram Yechury on Saturday described it as an unprecedented mess in the history of parliamentary democracy.

Mamata firm on booting Trivedi out of Railway Ministry
West Bengal Chief Minister and Trinamool Congress (TMC) chief Mamata Banerjee on Saturday appeared to be firm about her decision to replace Railway Minister Dinesh Trivedi with Mukul Roy, saying the government now has to take a final call on the issue.

Trivedi grateful for nation's appreciation, silent on Trinamool criticism
Railway Minister Dinesh Trivedi on Friday refused to comment on the condemnation resolution moved by the Trinamool Congress (TMC) against him, saying he had no idea about it.

Pranab Mukherjee asks opposition not to behave like "petulant children"
Union Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee on Thursday said that the Railway Budget for 2012-13 was now the property of the House, and vociferously told the opposition not to behave like "petulant children" in the matter concerning the reported resignation of Railway Minister Dinesh Trivedi.

New rail link to connect Agartala with Bangladesh
To have cordial and improved relations with neighbouring countries, the Ministry of Railways on Wednesday proposed to take up a project to connect Agartala with Akhaura in Bangladesh.

Nitish finds Railway Budget 'hopeless', an 'empty box'
Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Wednesday called the Railway Budget 2012-13 presented by Dinesh Trivedi an empty box.

Rail Budget 2012-13: Rs. 4410 crore allocated for capacity augmentation works
The Ministry of Railways on Wednesday proposed to allocate about Rs. 4,410 crore to capacity augmentation works.

Union Cabinet to review Railway Budget before presentation in parliament
The Union Cabinet will meet here this morning to review the proposals for the Railway Budget for fiscal 2012-13.

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