ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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Politics- Congress Culture

December 11, 1982 efficiency, got the initial issue of 5,300 national permits in 1976 raised to 8,050 by December of that year, 3,300 by April 1979 and 10,600 by October 1980. Now the Union government's reported decision to increase the number to 2-3,900 must severely jolt the railways. What is more, this has come at a time when the railways have managed to show some improvement in their freight carriage performance. The problems created by unco-ordi- nated development of alternative modes of transport apart, the petroleum- intensive character of road transport should have been reckoned as a vital factor.

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