Govt panel to aid cops; Ud­dhav unim­pressed Surge pric­ing ar­riv­ing for Ra­jd­hani, Shatabdi

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The death of traf­fic po­lice­man Vi­las Shinde has prompted the state gov­ern­ment to take ac­tion on the is­sue. On Wed­nes­day, it de­clared a com­mit­tee that will sug­gest reme­dies to the prob­lems be­ing faced by po­lice per­son­nel in their daily lives.

For the first time, the com­mit­tee will in­clude a per­son rep­re­sent­ing the fam­i­lies of po­lice per­son­nel. A se­nior po­lice of­fi­cer, se­nior gov­ern­ment of­fi­cer and a pub­lic rep­re­sen­ta­tive will be among the other mem­bers of the com­mit­tee, chief min­is­ter Deven­dra Fad­navis said.

Rul­ing ally Shiv Sena, how­ever, was unim­pressed with the de­ci­sion. Sena chief Ud­dhav Thack­eray de­manded an in­de­pen­dent home min­is­ter, after ques­tion­ing the CM’s abil­ity to han­dle the ‘sen­si­tive state home depart­ment’. Fad­navis, how­ever, chose to re­main silent on the re­marks. Ud­dhav said, “Fad­navis is a nice per­son, but he is heav­ily bur­dened with work. Thus, I strongly feel Ma­ha­rash­tra needs a full-time home min­is­ter.”

You may soon have to shell out more money for a 15-hour Delhi-Mum­bai train jour­ney than a two-hour flight.

The gov­ern­ment has hiked pas­sen­ger fares of the pre­mier Ra­jd­hani, Shatabdi and Duronto trains by a max­i­mum of 50% for tick­ets booked on or after Fri­day.

Un­der the new for­mula, base fares will jump by 10% for ev­ery 10% berths sold in AC-II and AC-III com­part­ments on these trains, with a cap of 50% hike on the orig­i­nal fare. So, if the base fare for an AC III jour­ney is Rs2,000, the max­i­mum a com­muter might pay is Rs3,000. The Rail­ways run 22 Duronto, 25 Ra­jd­hani and 38 Shatabdi trains between ma­jor cities. First AC and ex­ec­u­tive class are ex­empt from the new rule.

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