For a long time one of the most coveted posts in the Indian Cabinet has been the Railway Minister's post. This is one post where the most poppulous decisions can be made without any thought to the condition of the exchequesr, the travelling condition of the current travellers, the current condition of the rolling stock, the antiquated signalling system and the condition of the tracks. The only thing certain about a Railway Minister is that every year he/she will announce dozens of new trains( mostly from his constituency-- to hell with the rest of the country)ozens of new projects. Come the next budget similar annoucements will be made but there will be no mention of the status of the projects announced in the previous years. Admittedly IR is doing a Yeoman's job in transporting millions of people everyday at comparitively very cheap prices. But is this the only job of the railways. New Technologies have been absorbed very slowly. The growth in Number of Kilometers of Track has been very slow. Parts of India, J&K, North East and some parts of South India are still very poorly connected by Trains. More people die on unmanned crossings daily than they die in Railway crashes. After thousands of such crashes, dozens of expert committees, crores of Rupees spent the situation is still the same.