10th February, 2020
To provide quick medical reports at railway stations, Indian Railways has started Health ATM. After this initiative of the railway, many passengers and users are able to easily get their medical checkup done at a very low price. Railways have set up these health ATMs under the 'New Innovative and Idea Scheme' to generate non-fair revenue.
10 years ago, the concept of non-fair revenue , which came in the railways, was first started in the year 2010-11. Even after many years, the Railways did not earn anything special from it. However, the Railways has earned a good amount from this initiative last year. In my report quoting a passenger at Nagpur station of the railway, it is written, 'I got the medical report in just a few seconds with the help of the health ATM'.
Many important medical information is available for 60 rupees, the passenger further told that in just a few seconds, he got a printed slip from the machine, which contained his medical information. With the help of this machine, they easily got information about their mass index and hydrogen level. With the help of this printed slip, he came to know that his blood pressure and blood sugar level are normal, but there is a lack of protein in the body. The railway passenger got all this information on spending only 60 rupees. At the same time, if a pathologist had to go for this work, then he would have had to spend at least 200 rupees. 16 ways to easily check
In its report, the Railways said that special methods of point of care devices and software have been installed in these machines to provide quick medical reports. With the help of these health ATMs, 16 methods can be tested at a time. This is the reason that the service of these health ATM machines installed at railway stations is being provided to the common people at affordable rates.
Significantly, the Indian Railways has recently increased the rail fare to meet its revenue target. With this fare hike in long distance trains, the Railways will get an estimated revenue of Rs 2,300 crore. According to a railway official, non-fair revenue plays an important role in raising railway revenue. Non-fair revenue comes to the railways about 10-20% of the total revenue annually. Till now, the Railways used to collect non-fair revenue only through advertisement.