Ministry of Railways prepares Concept Paper on RDAI

Ministry of Railways has prepared a concept paper on Rail Development authority of India which has been uploaded on the Indian Railway website namely www.indianrailways.gov.in. The salient features of the Note are:

  • Minister of Railways Shri Suresh Prabhakar Prabhu in his speech for Rail Budget 2015-16 had said that for orderly development of infrastructure services, enabling competition and protection of customer interest, it is important to have a regulation mechanism independent of the service provider. The concept paper has been prepared in line with the vision presented by the Minister of Railways.
  • National Transport Development Policy Committee (NTDPC) Report of 2014 had recommended that a Rail Tariff Authority should be set up which should become the overall regulator. Later Bibek Debroy Committee Report had also recommended a regulator with overarching functions.
  • Many of the countries like U.K, Russia, US, Australia, Germany have regulatory structure in some form or the other.
  • The Authority will discharge functions in a manner to protect the interest of consumers, ensuring quality of service, promoting competition, encouraging market development, efficient allocation of resources, provide non-discriminatory open access specially on DFC and to benchmark service levels for ensuring quality, continuity and reliability of service.
  • The Authority will undertake four key functions:

o   Fixing tariff.

o   Ensuring fair play and level playing field for private investment in railways.

o   Determination of efficiency and performance standards.

o   Dissemination of information.

  • The Authority can initially be set up through an executive order and can be subsequently strengthen through a legislation process.
  • The Authority will consist of Chairman and four other members who have experience and knowledge in railways, infrastructure, finance, law, management and consumer affairs.
  • More details about the Concept Paper can be seen at the website www.indianrailways.gov.in.
  • Suggestions and comments from the public are invited.  Public comments can be submitted by 30thJanuary, 2016 through email at railwaydevelopmentauthority@gmail.com

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