DEMANDS FOR GRANTS FOR EXPENDITURE ON RAILWAYS AND THE NATURE OF EXPENDITURE COVERED BY EACH
The proposal of Government in respect of sums required to meet the expenditure proposed to be met from the "Consolidated Fund of India" are submitted in the form of "Demands for Grant" to the Parliament. The Demand shall be for gross expenditure the credits and recoveries being shown in the form of footnotes to Demands. The Demands are divided into sub-heads and detailed heads -
The demands for grants represent basically the estimated expenditure proposed to be concurred in a 'Single” and homogenous group of functions broken up further into detailed activities.
At present there are 16 demands for Grants for expenditure of the Central Government on Railways These are detailed below. The nature of expenditure booked against them is shown against each.
DEMAND NO, 1 - RAILWAY BOARD:-
This demand is for expenditure on Railway Board. The credits under this represent recoveries from the Ministry of works and Housing (CPWD) for expenditure on the maintenance of Rail Bhavan, which is arranged by the Railway Ministry in agreement with the Ministry of works and housing.
DEMAND NO. 2 - MISCELLANEOUS EXPENDITURE (GENERAL)
This demand includes
a The cost of surveys or preliminary investigation to examine the feasibility and prospects of new line construction and other projects:
b) Expenditure on the Research Designs and Standards Orgainsation, which is attached to, but not part of Railway Ministry.
c) Expenditure on miscellaneous special establishments dealing with problems affecting the working of the Railways as a whole but not part of the Ministry like the Railway Inspectorate, Central Bureau of investigations railway liaison offices etc.,. Credits under this is head refer to the recoveries from CBI for the Railway staff seconded to the CBI.
d) Expenditure on Statutory Audit. The charged amounts represent the cost of the railway Wing of the office of the Comptroller and Audit General of India,
e) Expenditure regulated by contracts on -
i) The share of net earnings payable to owners of branch lines worked by, and as part of the Indian Govt. Rly. system,
ii) Subsidy and rebate to such branch lines to make up their total earnings to specified minimum;
iii) Subsidy payable to lines owned and worked by certain private companies when their net earnings do not give the guaranteed return on their capital,
f) Expenditure on Misc, charges like the Railways contribution to the experimental research stations at Khadakvasala, Subscriptions to the International Railway Congress Association enrolment of Indian Railways as an associate member of the International Union of Railways, on hospitality and entertainment expenses in connection with the visits of foreign dignitaries etc.
DEMAND NO. 3 GENERAL SUPERINTENDENCE AND SERVICE
This demand is for expenditure on the Zonal Head quarters and Divisional Office of Railway Administrations- For the Accounts, Personnel and Stores Departments, this demand includes the expenses at the Divisional, Workshop and Depot level also.
The credits or recoveries under this Demand relate to commission charges recovered from the Defence Department for audit of warrants and credit notes connected with military traffic and the cost of staff recovered from non-Railway Departments for work done on their behalf for service rendered to them.
DEMAND NO. 4 - REPAIRS AND MAINTENANCE OF PERMANENT WAY AND WORKS
This Demand is for expenditure on Repairs and Maintenance of the P-Way assets like track, other buildings and structures, Repairs and Maintenance of railway colonies , staff quarters and welfare buildings are included under Demand No, 11,
The credits under this demand are for materials released from works charged to Revenue and share of credits for freight on Railway materials including coal.
DEMAND NO. 5 - REPAIRS AND MAINTENANCE OF MOTIVE POWER
This Demand is for expenditure on repairs and maintenance of motive power.
The credits under this Demand arc mainly for materials released from works charged to revenue and share of credits for freights charges on Railway material, including coal.
DEMAND NO. 6 REPAIRS AND MAINTENANCE OF CARRIAGES AND WAGONS
This demand is for expenditure on repairs and maintenance of carriages and wagon including Electric Multiple Unit Coaches-
The credits under this Demand are mainly for materials released from works charged to revenue and share, of credits for freight charges on Railway materials including coal.
DEMAND NO 7 - REPAIRS AND MAINTENANCE OF PLANT AND EQUIPMENT
This demand is for expenditure on repairs and maintenance of all plant and equipment by the Civil, Mechanical, Electrical and signals and telecommunications, engineering departments,
The credits under this Demand are mainly for materials released from works charged to revenue and share of credits for freight charges on Railway materials.
DEMAND NO. 8 - OPERATION EXPENSES - ROLLING STOCK AND EQUIPMENTS
This demand is for expenditure on the operating expenses of mechanical, electrical, signalling and telecommunications equipment including Rolling Stock.
The credits under this Demand are for share of credits for freight on Railway materials including coal,
DEMAND NO. 9 - OPERATING EXPENSES - TRAFFIC
This demand is for expenditure on Traffic operating and Traffic Commercial Departments (excluding claims organisation) This demand also includes Lease Charges of IRFC-
The credits under this Demand are for share of credits for freight on Railway materials including coal credit of unconnected coal wagons which used to be accounted for as earnings prior to 1972-73 are also included under this demand,
DEMAND N0.10 - OPERATING EXPENSES - FUEL
This demand is for expenditure on coal and other fuel for loco purposes, freight and handling charges, including fuelling of engines, sales lax, excise duly and cess on coal and electric current for traction purposes.
The credits under this Demand are for the value of cinders and coal ash sold, credits for electric energy supplied to outsiders and share of credits for freight charges on Railway materials, including coal. The credits for freight charges on coal in this and other demands offset the increase in Gross Budget in this Demand on account of freight.
DEMAND N0.11 - STAFF WELFARE AMENITIES
This demand is for expenditure on educational and medical facilities, health and welfare services, canteens and other stall amenities, repairs to staff quarters, residential and welfare buildings.
The credits under this demand relate to school fees collected, grants-in-aid to Railway schools received from State Governments,
DEMAND NO. 12 - MISCELLANEOUS WORKING EXPENSES
This demand is for miscellaneous working expenses like security, compensation claims for goods lost or damaged as also under workmen's compensation Act, catering expenditure on Hospitality and entertainment and the suspense heads which do not form part of other functional demands.
Credits or recoveries under this Demand relate mainly to credits adjusted under suspense heads-
DEMAND NO. 13 - PROVIDENT FUND, PENSION AND OTHER RETIREMENT BENEFITS
This is a composite Demand for all retirement benefits like Government Contribution to P-F, Special contribution to PP and payment of Pensionary charges to Railway staff covered by the retirement benefits. The various pension and other retirement benefits to pensionable employees are met out of Pension Fund and contributions to P.F. and payment of gratuities and special contribution, in respect of non-pensionable employees are met out of revenue.
Credits or recoveries represent service contribution from other Departments/Ministries in respect of staff on deputation. This gross demand includes recoupment from the public account to the consolidated fund of India of the sums voted initially by Parliament from out of the consolidated fund of India for meeting the expenditure chargeable to Pension Fund.
DEMAND NO, 14 - APPROPRIATION TO FUNDS
This demand is for appropriation from Revenue to the various Railway funds as under:-
a) Appropriation to DRF (As per RCC recommendations)
b) “ to pension fund (As per RCC recommendation)
c) " to Development fund (Out of revenue excess after Payment of dividend) ...
d) " to Capital Fund (Keeping in view the Plan requirement for building up infrastructure out of internal resources)
DEMAND NO. 15 Dividend to General Revenues, Repayment of loan taken from General Revenues and Amortisation of over capitalization. This demand is for payment lo General Revenue and contribution for grants to Slates in line of passenger fare lax,
DEMAND NO, 16 ASSETS ACQUISITION - CONSTRUCTION AND REPLACEMENT
This demand is for expenditure on Assets-Acquisition, construction and replacement, whether met out of loans to he obtained from the General Exchequer on internal resources of the Railway viz. Revenue, the DRF, the DF and the Capital Fund. No re appropriation of funds will be permissible between Capital, Railway Fund and Revenue, credits or recoveries represents adjustment in the accounts as reduction of expenditure, but are outside the scope of the gross demand. The gross demand, includes recoupment from the public account to the consolidated fund of India of the sums voted initially by Parliament from out of the Consolidated Fund of India, for meeting the expenditure chargeable for the DRF, DF and Capital Fund
The charged expenditure under all the demands (except demand no, 14 and 15) is for payment in satisfaction of court decrees and arbitration award where made into rule of the court.
Friday, September 4, 2009
DEMANDS FOR GRANTS
DEMANDS FOR GRANTS FOR EXPENDITURE ON RAILWAYS AND THE NATURE OF EXPENDITURE COVERED BY EACH