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Innovative steps to get fruits of labour

Tuesday, 18 Apr 2017 | RC Acharya | in Oped

The Food Processing Ministry may have included new, 101 cold storage units, but the fate of tropical Indian fruits, which comes in scores of variety, remains poor Verghese Kurien's trailblazing foray into milk processing set up the first ever co-operative venture in Gujarat and created the iconic Amul in 1946 at...

Connecting regions, and hearts

Monday, 13 Mar 2017 | RC Acharya | in Oped

India Railways has been working hard to connect various parts of the country with one another, and also one region of State to another of the same State. The work undertaken to connect south and north Bihar is a good instance Uttar Pradesh and Bihar, the two most populous States...

Time for railways to look beyond coal

Thursday, 07 Jul 2016 | RC Acharya | in Oped

A little help in the form of a rebate in freight tariff will go a long way for railways to get a major share from the food grains transport pie. It must look beyond coal As in the US, China, and Russia, a large chunk of earnings for the Indian Railways...

Politicians must know buck stops with them

Friday, 17 Jun 2016 | RC Acharya | in Oped

The Provincial Armed Constabulary mutiny of 1973 has some valuable lessons for incumbent Governments Almost a decade ago, Kirori Singh Bainsla, a retired Lieutenant Colonel of the Indian Army, made headlines with the first ever caste-based agitation for the Gujjars. Early this year, a 10-day long agitation by Jats...

Entering the Red Corridor region

Tuesday, 31 May 2016 | RC Acharya | in Oped

Rail Vikas Nigam Ltd deserves full credit for undertaking the task of developing a railway line in the Maoist-infested Bastar region How do you enter a lion's cage without getting mauled? Taking a cue from the lion's handler, one tries to gain confidence as the one who feeds him, hoping that...

A kaizen approach to railway reform

Wednesday, 11 May 2016 | RC Acharya | in Oped

A behemoth like Indian Railways cannot be overhauled overnight; it takes time. Incremental but consistent changes across the board are the need of the hour Neither was Rome built in a day nor will Indian Railways reach the standards of rail technology (in terms of speed, safety and passenger comfort) in...

Cleaning Ganga is not impossible

Thursday, 31 Mar 2016 | RC Acharya | in Oped

Failure of the Clean Ganga action plan is a shocking tale of official apathy and corruption. Government must opt for a treatment plan, based on activated sludge process Efforts to clean the Ganga started way back in 1979, when the Central Pollution Control Board was directed to undertake a comprehensive survey,...

Steps to augment railway capacity

Monday, 14 Mar 2016 | RC Acharya | in Oped

By upgrading the rail lines, laying new tracks, setting up dedicated freight corridors and building cargo terminals, the NDA Government plans to overhaul Indian Railways With a turnover of about Rs 3,142 crore in 2014-15, Rail Vikas Nigam Ltd, which was set up by the Ministry of Railways a decade ago,...

Giving passengers a better deal

Tuesday, 29 Dec 2015 | RC Acharya | in Oped

New waiting rooms and wifi at stations is fine but the focus must be on efficiently transporting passengers and eliminating irritants such as ticket touts. For this, capacity augmentation of high-density corridors is key Improving passenger amenities in trains and at railway stations need not just be about building foot...

A bigger share of parcel pie

Friday, 18 Dec 2015 | RC Acharya | in Oped

Indian Railways needs to look beyond bulk commodities like coal and steel and focus on the parcel business The pan-India business for parcel transport is estimated at one lakh crore rupees. However, in 2013-2014, Indian Railways earned Rs1,827 crore, a mere 1.8 per cent. This because the railways has traditionally been...


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