Highest Ever Funding of Rs. 1.5 Lakh Crore for Railways

We are pleased to share with you that Railways has signed its highest ever funding agreement with LIC.

Just within fifteen days of presenting the Railway Budget 2015-16, the Minister of Railways Shri Suresh Prabhakar Prabhu fulfilled yet another commitment of his Budget announcement by achieving the highest ever funding of Rs. 1.5 lakh crore for Railways. In this historic landmark achievement, a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed between the Ministry of Railways and Life Insurance Corporation (LIC).

Speaking on the occasion, the Railway Minister said that this is the first such step in its endeavour to make Indian Railways prosperous in the future. He said that with such encouraging initiatives, the Ministry of Railways will be able to augment its resources for speedier execution of projects. Shri Suresh Prabhu said that the resultant enhanced throughput of traffic is likely to further increase the capacity to carry more to meet with a growing transportation demand leading to a robust economy. He thanked the officials of the Finance Ministry, LIC and the Railway Ministry for working together as a team to make this deal a big success.

Under this MoU, LIC will make available to the Ministry of Railways/its entities a Financial Assistance with a limit of 1,50,000 crore over the next five years for implementing Railway projects. The Financial Assistance will be available from the Financial Year 2015-16. In his Budget Speech, Shri Suresh Prabhu had announced his intention of meeting a part of the total Plan Budget of Rs 1,00,011 crore for the financial year 2015-16, through extra budgetary resources, such as market borrowings by tapping low cost long term funds. The challenge has been successfully met in a substantial measure by the signing of this MoU for mobilising resources.

There would be a five-year moratorium on interest and loan repayment and the rest of the terms would be negotiated while signing the finance assistance agreement. more  

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It is Good News. The fund must be used strictly for Capital expenditure and not diverted to running expenses of Railways. Funds must be deployed only to clearly identified Projects which is productive. Strict monitoring should be there to ensure there is no time and cost over runs. more  
It's good news, but we should make the most of this money especially in significant work. more  
1. The money is big, and should be put to responsible use, so that the projects funded now, do not require funding again. 2. Monitoring of the expenditure must be undertaken by a different ministry, that understand s railway functioning. more  
its an encouraging step by the rlys by acquiring 1,50,000 crore loan from LIC.lets see the outcome of the loan & its utilisation in different rly projects. more  
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