Railways considering rationalising freight rates and passenger fares. Government planning subsidised healthcare facilities for gig economy workers.
Train Reset: The Railways is considering cutting freight rates and "rationalising" passenger fares in a bid to boost the economy.
"We are going to rationalise the fares and freight rates. Something is being thought about. I cannot divulge more as this is a sensitive subject. While freight fares are already high, our target is to draw more traffic from road to railways in this regard," Railway Board Chairman VK Yadav said on Thursday.
The economic slowdown has acutely hurt the Railways. Earnings from passenger fares in April-December of this year stood at ?40,415cr while for the same period last year it was ?51,066cr. BS
Good News: The government is reportedly planning to offer subsidised healthcare facilities for gig economy workers. The subsidised rates will be billed under the Central Government Health Scheme and would be provided at the Employees' State Insurance Corporation (ESIC) hospitals and dispensaries across the country. Business Today
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