Pink Book Details
Work, Machinery and Rolling Stock Programme of Railways (Detailed Programme) published every year by Railway Board is called Pink Book. Following are Pink Book details.
Funds allotted for each work on a particular zonal railway (whether the work is in progress or a new work included in the current year budget) will be indicated in this book. Details like abstract cost of the project, expenditure incurred so far, funds allotted during current year and balance outlay are indicated in this book against each work.
It could be the Works, Machinery and Rolling Stock Programme (RSP) or New lines (construction), Gauge Conversion, Doubling, Traffic facilities-Yard Remodelling and others, Computerisation, Rolling Stock, Leased Assets, Payment of Capital Component, Road Safety works, Level crossings/ROBs/RUBs, Track Renewals, Bridge works, S&T, Electrical works, Traction works, Solarisation and Renewable Energy, staff amenities, passenger amenities, training/HRD etc., zonal railway-wise, has to be figured out in the Pink Book.
The pink book in Railways consists of the various programs or projects that are undertaken or yet to be undertaken. It consist of detailed information of all the different zones of the Indian Railways.
How Pink Book Work ?
Indian Railways sanctions projects on operational, strategic or socio-economic considerations. All projects upto certain limits are approved by Minister for Railways.
However, ‘In Principle’ approval of the NITI ayog is required before sanction of some projects even though having value less than the prescribed limits. In respect of all major projects having value more than prescribed limit, a Memorandum for Expanded Board for Railway (EBR comprising members from Railway Board, Planning Commission, Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation and Ministry of Finance) is prepared in which financial scheduling of the project is also planned and vetted by the Railway Board Finance and the same after approval of Board (Member Engineering) is sent for obtaining “In Principle” approval of the NITI ayog for the project.
After “In Principle” approval, the project report is sent to the Project Appraisal and Management Division (PAMD) of the NITI ayog for appraisal. On approval of the EBR, a note for approval of the Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) is prepared and put up for approval of the Union Cabinet. After a project is approved by MR/CCEA, it is included in the Railways Works Programme and a certain fund is allotted for carrying out preliminary works during the year, duly keeping the annual outlet fixed by NITI ayog.
Once the Rail Budget is passed, the ‘Pink Book’ becomes the authority to start preliminary works related to the project. Expenditure on various heads of accounts on the projects were only allowed after the detailed estimate were sanctioned.
For getting Pink book 2018 – 2019 details (Zone Wise), please through Work, Machinery and Rolling Stock Programme of Railways for 2018-19
For getting the details regarding Integrated Financial Figures 2018-19 of Indian Railway, please click here.