The Ministry of Railways has sought Gross Budgetary Support (GBS) of Rs 50,000 crore for 2017-18, though the Finance Ministry is likely to agree for only Rs 40,000-45,000 crore, a senior government official said.
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"They (Railways) have sought Rs 50,000 crore as GBS, and I think they might get Rs 40,000-45,000 crore...In fact, the railways does not have capacity to absorb more than Rs 30,000 crore," the official said.
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Gross Budgetary Support (GBS) of Rs 40,000 crore was announced in the 2015-16 Rail Budget. However, the Finance Ministry for the current year had slashed it to Rs 28,000 crore, citing slow spending pace.
Ending 92-year-old tradition, the government on September 21 decided to merge rail budget with the general budget and agreed in-principle to advance the date of its presentation in Parliament on February 1.
The government has also decided to do away with the Plan/ Non-Plan expenditure classification in Budget 2017-18 and replace it with capital and receipt.