Reports & Indices

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Jodhpur, Marwar ranked cleanliest rail stations in Third Party Survey Report on Station Cleanliness

Union Railway Ministry released Third Party Survey Report on Station Cleanliness which ranked 407 railway stations including 75 A1 category stations, 332 A category stations on basis of cleanliness performance. Jodhpur (Rajasthan) was ranked first in survey A1 category stations, Marwar (Rajasthan) first in A category stations and North Western Railway first among all Zonal Railways.

Key Facts

This was third such audit cum cleanliness survey conducted by Indian Railways to increase level of cleanliness under Swachh Bharat Abhiyan by identifying unclean spots, improve cleanliness standards and propel healthy competition among railway stations. It was conducted by Quality Council of India (QCI) with help of their partners. The parameters adopted for conducting survey were Evaluation of Process of cleanliness in main entry area, parking, main platform, waiting room (33.33%), direct observation by QCI assessors of cleanliness in these areas (33.33%) and passenger feedback (33.33%). The cleanliness rankings of stations is  reward for stations that have performed well and gives impetus for further improvement for stations that not made into e top rankings.

Ranking of Stations

Top 10 A1 category Stations (out of 75): Jodhpur (1st), Jaipur (2nd), Tirupati (3rd), Vijayawada (4th), Anand Vihar Terminal (5th), Secunderabad Junction (6th), Bandra (7th), Hyderabad (8th), Bhubaneshwar (9th) and Vishakhapatnam (10th).

Top 10 A category stations (out of 332): Marwar (1st), Phulera (2nd), Warangal (3rd), Udaipur (4th), Jaialmer (5th), Nizamabad (6th), Barmer (7th), Machiryal (8th), Mysore (9th) and Bhilwara (10th).

Top 10 Zonal Railways Rankings: North Western Railway (1st), South Central Railway (2nd), East Coast Railway (3rd), South East Central Railway (4th), Western Railway (5th), Southern Western Railway (6th), Southern Railway (7th), Central Railway (8th), West Central Railway (9th) and Northeast Frontiers Railway (10th).

Index of Industrial Production (IIP): Industrial output records 5-month high growth of 7% in June 2018

According to data released by Central Statistics Office (CSO), factory output measured in terms of Index of Industrial Production (IIP) had 7% in June 2018, five-month high. This was on account of higher output in mining, manufacturing and power generation segments. Moreover, CSO also revised IIP upwards for May 2018 at 3.9% from previous estimate of 3.2% estimated earlier.

Key Facts

The cumulative IIP growth for period April-June 2018 was 5.2% over corresponding period of previous year. The manufacturing sector in June 2018 grew by 6.9%, as against decline of 0.7% in the year-ago month. Power generation segment grew by 8.5% in June against 2.1% growth year ago. The mining sector output recorded 6.6% growth in June against 0.1% in June 2017.

Index of Industrial Production (IIP)

IIP is composite indicator that measures short-term changes in volume of production of basket of industrial products during given period with respect to chosen base period. It is compiled and published monthly by Central Statistical Organization (CSO), Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation.

Base year: The CSO had revised the base year of the IIP from 2004-05 to 2011-12 in May 2017 to capture structural changes in economy and improves quality and representativeness of indices. The revised IIP (2011-12) reflects changes in industrial sector and also aligns it with base year of other macroeconomic indicators like Wholesale Price Index (WPI) and Gross Domestic Product (GDP).

Sector wise items and weightages: IIP covers 407 item groups. Sector wise, the items included falls into 3 categories viz. Manufacturing (405 items), Mining (1 items) & Electricity (1 item). The weights of the three sectors are 77.63%, 14.37%, 7.9% respectively. The revised combined weightage of eight core Industries in the IIP is 40.27%.