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Railway Budget Gets On The IT Train

The Minister for Railways Mamata Banerjee, announced a series of IT initiatives for the Indian Railways in the Parliament as part of the Railway Budget 2011-2012. She also said that she proposes to build a Center of Excellence in software in Darjeeling under the Center for Railway Information Systems CRIS. A new portal for e-ticketing will be launched shortly, added Banerjee, which will reduce booking charges to Rs. 10 for airconditioned classes, and Rs. 5 for others.

Here's a look at what Banerjee proposes:

A Real Time Train Information System (RTIS) to be based on a pilot (Project of SIMRAN) jointly developed by IIT-Kanpur and RDSO.

E-procurements and e-auctions.

Extend Web-based system of allotment systems.

An online database for railways land and asset management.

Paperless railway receipts.

Pan-India multi-purpose smart card "Go India" to be introduced.

GPS Based 'Fog Safe' devices.

All this sounds like good news. Do keep in mind though, what ministers propose, bureaucracies and red-tape may often dispose.

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