Mamata to present "pro-people" budget today

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New Delhi, July 3 (ANI): Union Railway Minister Mamata Banerjee will present a "pro-people" budget today.

Talking to reporters here, Mamata said, "It will be a pro-people budget, a simple budget, people's budget."

She said that she only got 15 days to work on it, as the concerned officials were busy preparing it.

Nominal passenger fare revision, incentives on freight transport, enhanced funding for security and seasonal passes for vendors at Rs 20 are likely to be the highlights of the budget.

More trains like Garib Raths are expected to be announced.

Announcement of more rail overbridges and rail underbridges at unmanned level crossings to curb accidents may also find a mention in the budget.

Introduction of integrated security system at major stations to strengthen security might also be announced.

The world's second-fastest growing major economy is on a drive to improve its creaky infrastructure and boost rail connectivity between industrial hubs and major ports.

With a 63,327-kilometre long network, the railways forms an integral part of life, transporting over 18 million passengers and over two million tons of freight daily. (ANI)

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