SOUTH WESTERN RAILWAY CELEBRATES 60TH RAILWAY WEEK
The 60th Railway Week Celebrations of Headquarters of South Western Railway was inaugurated by lighting the lamp by the Chief Guest, Pradeep Kumar Saxena, General Manager, South Western Railway on Friday, 17th April, 2015, at Chalukya Railway Institute, Gadag Road, Hubli, in the presence of Smt. Neelima Saxena, President, SWR Women’s Weflare Organisation, K. Harekrishnan, Chief Personnel Officer, Vashista Johri, Chief Mechanical Engineer, Sanjive Roy, Principal Chief Engineer, P. Ganeswara Rao, Chief Operations Manager, Vishal Agarwal, Chief Commercial Manager, and other Principal Heads of Departments including Sanjeev Mittal, DRM/Hubli Division, Rajkumar Lal, DRM/Mysore Division and Sanjiv Agarwal, DRM/Bangalore Division.
GM/SWR P. K. Saxena outlined the overall performance of South Western Railway during the financial year 2014-15. He said SWR has shown remarkable turnaround in its performance in twelve years of its existence, both in physical and financial terms. The originating passenger earnings up to March, 2015 has increased by 17% to Rs.1,820 Crs. SWR has carried 37.50 Million tones of freight during the financial year 2014-15, registering an increase of 5% over last year. The freight earnings have also been increased to Rs.3,378 Crs., registering an increase of 13%. With the co-operation of all our workforce and innovative management, SWR has achieved almost 10 per centage points improvement in operating ratio, Shri Saxena said.
Shri Pradeep Kumar Saxena, General Manager, South Western Railway seen presenting GM’s Prestigious Overall Efficiency Shield with merit Certificate which won by Hubli Division to Shri Sanjeev Mittal, Divisional Railway Manager, Hubli Division at the main function of 60th Railway Week Celebrations of SWR. All the Branch Officers of Hubli Division are also seen in the picture.
Shri Saxena also said that SWR has started 14 new Mail/Express trains & organized 4162 Special Trains and premium trains during the current year. To clear the extra rush, 4459 extra coaches have been attached to regular Mail/Express trains. The Public, trade and industry have been given good services by ensuring punctual running of trains and timely movement of goods, he stated. SWR has taken giant leap in eliminating Level Crossings and thereby enhancing safety of Train operations. 74 unmanned Level Crossings were closed during 2014-15 and this pace will be maintained. Shri Saxena further stated that SWR is continuously strengthening the security apparatus in Railway premises to ensure safe travel. RPF is escorting 39 trains on an average per day to provide better security to passengers. RPF/GRP Escort party also keep a watch over the ladies compartment and play a proactive role in rescuing the runway/missing children from their homes, Shri Saxena added.
METRO RAILWAY TO IMPROVE STILL BETTER SIGNAL SYSTEM
GENERAL MANAGER INAUGURATED MODEL ROOM AT TRAINING SCHOOL
Kolkata : General Manager, Metro Railway, Kolkata Radhey Shyam, inspected the Noapara Maintenance Workshop of Metro Railway this morning and inaugurated a Model Room with Automatic Signalling for training of Station Masters in train operations and signal maintainers for still better maintenance and operations of train movement of Metro Railway.
The signal maintenance technicians will be provided with the details of working of various circuits of a panel interlocked station, quickly diagnose relay room failures and proper procedure for attending failures.
NORTHERN RAILWAY CELEBRATED 60TH RAILWAY WEEK
General Manager, Northern Railway exhorted Railway staff to express their solidarity and dynamism through team spirit to propel the zone to achieve still greater heights in the year ahead..
To commemorate the running of the first train in the country between Boribander and Thane, Indian Railways celebrates the Railway Week every year. In this dedicatory spirit, Northern Railway celebrated its 60th Railway Week from 10th April to 16th April 2015. Culminating the celebrations, Northern Railway organized the Valedictory ceremony at Baroda House, New Delhi today on 17th April 2015. General Manager, Northern Railway A. K. Puthia presided over the ceremony. Additional General Manager S. K. Pathak all the Principal Heads of the various Departments, other senior Railway Officials and Railway employees of Northern Railway, Members of Unions Associations & Federations, President, Northern Railway Women Welfare Organization (NRWWO) Smt. Madhuri Puthia and other Members of NRWWO were also present on the occasion.
Speaking on the occasion, the General Manager lauded the various achievements of the zone in core functional areas. Northern Railway marked a very eventful year 2014-15. Originating Earnings in freight segment fetched revenue of Rs. 7591.29 crores upto Feb 2015, recording 14.7% increase over the corresponding period the previous financial year. Northern Railway has registered revenue loading of 54.90 Million Tonnes during FY 2014-15 as against 53.37 Million Tonnes registered for the corresponding period during the previous year marking an increase of 2.87%. The passenger segment on originating basis, registered a significant earning of Rs.7125.11 crore upto February 2015 recording a noteworthy increase of 13.09% over the corresponding period the previous year.
Northern Railway Receives Three Shields for Outstanding Work
Northern Railway Receives Three Shields for Outstanding Work in the 60th National Level Railway Week Award Function-2015. Northern Railway bagged the Security Shield, Level Crossing & Road Over/Under Bridge Safety Works Shield exclusively and Comprehensive Health Care Shield jointly with Eastern and Southern Railways at the recently held 60th National Level Railway Week Award Function-2015.
The function was presided over by the Minister of Railways Shri Suresh Prabhakar Prabhu at Guwahati in Assam on 13th April 2015. The Minister of State for Railways Shri Manoj Sinha was also present on the occasion. Sh. A. K. Puthia, General Manager Northern Railway, along with officers received the coveted shields on behalf of Northern Railway.
The city of Guwahati was chosen for this year’s function as it is the nerve centre of entire North East region. Development of North Eastern Region has been an article of faith for the Central Government. The Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has always been emphasizing on the development of North Eastern States.
60TH RAILWAY WEEK FUNCTION CELEBRATED IN METRO RAILWAY
DUM DUM, BEST MAINTAINED METRO STATION
Kolkata : The 60th Railway Week 2015 of Metro Railway, Kolkata was held at Belgachia Auditorium of Metro Railway. Shri Radhey Shyam, General Manager honoured the selected band of sincere and dedicated Staff & officers who have rendered their meritorious services to the Railways. He also distributed Cash Awards, Medals and Certificates of merits to the employees of Metro Railway for their exemplary devotion to duty and meritorious services. As many as 75 individual awards and 71 Group Awards were distributed.
This year, Dum Dum Metro station was given a special award for best maintained station for cleanliness & overall upkeepment.
Shri Radhey Shyam, in his address said that every employee of Metro Railway has worked with their dedication. He also urged upon the Metro employees to work hard with more dedication to provide more & more services to our valued Metro users who repose their confidence on the system everyday.
ER CELEBRATES 60TH RLY WEEK AND 160 YEARS OF RLYS IN EASTERN INDIA
HOWRAH DIVISION BAGGED THIS YEAR’S OVERALL EFFICIENCY SHIELD
Kolkata : 160 years of Railways in Eastern India and 60th Railway Week was celebrated by Eastern Railway with a number of programmes throughout the week from 10th to 16th April, 2015. A week-long cultural festival includes Photo Exhibitions, Philatelic Exhibition, Heritage Run, Inter-School Competitions etc. On 16th April, 2015, the award distribution ceremony was held at Dr. B. C. Roy Auditorium, Sealdah, Kolkata.
General Manager, Eastern Railway Shri R. K. Gupta honoured the selected band of Railway staff and officers for their dedicated and outstanding services to the Railways with efficiency shields, badges and cash awards.
On the basis of overall performance, Howrah Division has been awarded this year’s overall efficiency shield and the efficiency Runners-up cup bagged by Sealdah Division. Cleanliness drive shield was also bagged by Sealdah Division. Besides the above prestigious shields and cups, as many as 32 shields and cups were presented by Shri R. K. Gupta, General Manager & Shri B. K. Patel, Additional General Manager of Eastern Railway.
Smt. Veena Gupta, President, Eastern Railway Women’s Welfare Organization (ERWWO) graced the occasion and gave away the awards also.
RAILWAY TERI YAHI KAHAANI..
Last week, a major scam of crores of rupees was caught red-handed in the booking office of Guwahati Junction, a major railway station of North East Frontier Railway. The person responsible for the scam is Mr. Chandan Acharjee. The scam caught can be state as follows :
The working staff of Guwahati station (i.e. TTE Staff of Passenger Amenities and squad) are to deposit the earnings/cash of the tickets collected from the traveling passengers who are without tickets in the cash booking office as per rules, particularly in the Mr. Chandan Acharjee's counter. They do so, and get the corresponding receipt copy.
But unfortunately, the UTS ticket generated after receipt copy was shown as NI, that is, Money Receipt (MR) issue was done and next UTS ticket was shown as NON ISSUE and all the money are taken in pocket by the culprit, Mr. Chandan and it was done till date until the scam was caught. Lakhs and lakhs, i.e crores of rupees of Railway revenues was taken by him in this way and he is suspended by the Railway Administration for this as well.
Now the question is, why is he suspended, not arrested based on FIR lodge?
A Flashback, the previous information about booking clerk Mr. Chandan Acharjee is that, about 1-2 years back, he was caught in DO vigilance case as well, but he bribed some higher railway officers and came back in duty and got posted in kamakhya railway station. Later, 2-3 months, he was transferred to Guwahati railway station at the same booking counter.
Again, how is it possible after that? In fact he should never be allowed to be in booking after vigilance case. SOUNDS STRANGE.
Now, the question arises how he is in same booking office again? Are vigilance officers involved? Which railway officers did his transfer and make him sit in the same office again?
Well, should we get answers from railway officers? Why commercial inspectors or traffic accounts inspectors didn’t do proper supervision and caught him red-handed priorly? What is the role of coaching supervisor? Haven’t the people involved in cancellation and NI ticket statement checked the blunder mistake? Why? Why? So, with lots of questions still to be answered.
The question is, Why None Spoke A Single Word Against The Crime And The Culprit?
Recruitment Policy and Cadre Fixation (Gazetted Cadre)
-Sushil Kumar Bansal*
Two presentations have recently been made before full Board one by Management Service Directorate (OSD-MS) and the other by Indian Railway Promotee Officers Federation (IRPOF) highlighting their respective view points on the above subject. Both presentations indicate totally diversant views and very few meeting points, just like perhaps Indo-Pak, summit-presenting their respective positions on Kashmir and meeting nowhere. Still decision has to be taken, to fix the cadre atleast and also evolving a suitable/logical recruitment policy for Gazetted cadre.
It is therefore proposed to discuss this issue in detail and depth, through this paper of mine. It is worth mentioning here that I, through 7-8 papers submitted between Oct.-2000-Feb.-2001- have discussed the issues thread breath cadre fixation as also career development for Gp.`B’ officers-in much detail. The presentation made by OSD-MS makes it very clear that the Board has not given any consideration to the views expressed there in through these papers-submitted by the President of a recognised Federation of Gp.`B’ officers. Again, despite a presentation made by the IRPOF, where in several facts have been revealed/pointed out, the Board wants to persist with the details given by the Board, through their presentation through many of these facts in are correct, and indicate already set up mind/attitude.
The perusal of both presentations brings-forth one point very clearly that the stand taken by few officials, as back as 1996-97, based on certain pre-determined notions, has been presented in year 2001 again with old argument but in a new form only. In 1996-97, as per M,P,P directorate of Boards paper, the maximum number of direct recruits, which can be recruited in a year was 168, where as per present presentation this is 172 (in the year 2001). Despite many meetings, submission of numerous papers, lot of discussions having taken place in between, the Board is struck up with the same figure preciously 172 even today, without taking into account any argument, any paper, any submission made by IRPOF in-between.
It is very important to mention here once again, that in a meeting held on 07.04.2000 in the chamber of Member Staff, when the figure of 181/year for recruitment was given to the Federation, many discrepancies were pointed out there in, by us,. It was accepted that in light of these, the figure many be 203-204, Board promised to come up with revised details shortly.
In order to clear the issue let us present our view point once again, keeping in consideration the present presentation made by the Board on the subject. There are two issues mainly i.e. Cadre fixation and Recruitment Policy first thing first, i.e. Cadre fixation.
A. Cadre Fixation
In their presentation to the Board, Managment directorate has come to a magic number of 720 posts in Junior scale. As per their details, 180 of these should be for Gp.`B’ promotees and the balance 540 for direct recruits. These numbers of posts for Junior scale, knowing well that for the last 2 decades (since 1980s) the number of only leave reserves in Junior scale is 602 till date. This means actual cadre of Junior scale shall be only 118 (720 decided – 602 JS/L.reserve). The number 180 has come from the Rly. Administrations stipulations/and study of the needs of Career Planning of Gp.`A’ direct recruits – that any recruitment beyond the number of 172 shall be detrimental to the career graph of Gp.`A’ direct recruits.
Rly Board must become like a Corporate Board for Rlys -Debroy Panel
Let private players run trains, says Debroy Committee
Allow private players to run passenger as well as freight trains, producing coaches, wagons and locomotives
withdraw from social welfare services such as running schools and hospitals and managing Railway Protection Force
set up a government SPV (with a possibility of disinvesting in the future) to own railway infrastructure
Suggested an Indian Railway Manufacturing Company to replace all existing production units and another holding company for railway stations
NO meed for a separate RBSS or RBCS and recommended that these be merged with the CSS
The Bibek Debroy-headed panel set up on 22 Sept. 2014 to suggest ways to restructure railways has recommended drastic reforms such as allowing private players to run passenger as well as freight trains, producing coaches, wagons and locomotives and switching over to commercial accounting of railway functions.
The high-powered panel has also asked the national transporter to withdraw from social welfare services such as running schools and hospitals and managing Railway Protection Force (RPF).
The committee suggested setting up of a government SPV (with a possibility of disinvesting in the future) to own railway infrastructure, and delink it from the railways. It suggested an Indian Railway Manufacturing Company to replace all existing production units and another holding company for railway stations.
It also suggested setting up a regulator - with statutory backing and independent of the railway ministry as well as the railway board - for fixing tariff, determining cost of service, managing track access, setting technical standards among other things, after private players were allowed to run freight and passenger trains. The panel said it could be called the Railway Regulator Authority of India (RRAI).
The panel said the rail ministry should only determine policy and not indulge in day-to-day operations of the railways. The ministry should set policy for open access and the framework for the Railway Infrastructure Company, determine the policy for raising resources for social cost obligations, extending the railway network and offering on-budget and targeted subsidies to poor passengers who need them.
It also talked of one ministry of transport in the future.
Cartels in procurement loot Rlys of Rs 10,000 crore a year : Shridharan
Shridharan has pointed out that by centralizing procurement powers, the railway board has accumulated enormous sum of money in the hands of few, and hugely enhanced rent-seeking power that encourages corruption
The cash-strapped railways will end up saving Rs 10,000 crore annually if the railway board stops all centralized procurement, says a report by 'Metro man' E Sreedharan. In his final report on 'delegating tendering and commercial powers to general managers and other operating levels' of railways, Sreedharan has pointed out that by centralizing procurement powers, the railway board has accumulated enormous sum of money in the hands of few, and hugely enhanced rent-seeking power that encourages corruption.
The committee heard views of senior officials. "Procurement is through cartel only, list of approved sources and cartels are synonymous ... there is no item in which there is no cartel .. Committee feels that vendors thus continue to fleece at will," Sreedharan says.
Couching the scale of the scandal and losses in an understated tone, the report says: "The committee after scrutinizing current practices and procedures followed at the board concludes that improving and decentralizing the system with empowerment and accountability shall effect annual economy to the tune of rupees five thousand crore in stores procurement and equal amount in works contracts."
The committee's final report, submitted on March 15, has recommended that the board should not take any commercial decision, and even procurement for its own needs should be done by the northern railway. It has called for decentralization of all those powers to general managers and lower levels.
Railways is the second biggest procurement agency after defence, spending almost Rs 1 lakh crore a year and the railway board procures almost half of it. Sreedharan had submitted his interim report in November last year, and the ministry initiated some decentralization steps based on it.
In the final report, the Metro man says the board was set up originally to "make policies, plans, to lay broader principles of railway management, to frame rules, to inspect and guide the railways". "And today the board is not performing these roles," he says.
SURESH PRABHU INAUGURATES LANDMARK LUMDING-SILCHAR BROAD GAUGE RAILWAY LINE PROJECT
* TRAIN PASSENGER SERVICES TO START SOON ON THIS SECTION
* THIS RAILWAY LINE HERALDS A NEW ERA OF BROAD GAUGE CONNECTIVITY IN NORTH-EASTERN REGION WORKING AS LIFELINE FOR BARK VALLEY IN ASSAM AND THE STATES OF TRIPURA, MANIPUR & MIZORAM
* THE RAILWAY LINE WILL BE CRUICIAL FOR THE SUPPLY OF FOODGRAINS, FERTILIZERS, PETROLEUM PRODUCTS ETC. IN THE REGION
* THIS Rs.3500 CRORE NATIONAL PROJECT COMPLETED AS AN ENGNEERING MARVEL DESPITE DIFFICULT HILLY TERRAIN, GEOLOGIALLY UNSTABLE HILLS AND DIFFICULT LAW & ORDER CHALLENGES
The Minister of Railways Shri Suresh Prabhakar Prabhu inaugurated Lumding - Silchar broad gauge section (Assam) by flagging off a goods train via video conferencing at a function here today. The passenger train services will be started soon on this section. This is a landmark achievement by Indian Railways and important broad gauge railway connectivity project. Lumding-Silchar section is Phase-1 of the two phase broad gauge line project in this area. This Phase-I line provides seamless BG connectivity to Barak Valley of Assam with the rest of the country.
The Union Minister for Railways, Shri Suresh Prabhakar Prabhu addressing at the flag off ceremony of the Lumding - Silchar Broad Gauge section (Assam) of 210 kilometres in North Eastern Region through video conferencing, in New Delhi on March 27, 2015. The Chairman, Railway Board, Shri A. K. Mital and Board Members and senior officials of Railways are also seen.
The phase-II consists of gauge conversion of three sections namely; Badarpur – Kumarghat, Baraigram - Dullabcherra and Silchar-Jiribam, which ill be completed by 31.03.2016. States of Manipur, Mizoram and Tripura will also be on Broad Gauge by March, 2016 on completion of works of Phase - II. These states are dependent on this line for supply of food-grains, fertilizers, petroleum products etc. This Lumdin-Silchar line is a milestone for the connectivity in the N. E. region and one of the largest gauge conversion projects of Indian Railways completed at a cost of Rs. 3500 crore. The project was completed despite difficult hilly terrain, geologically unstable hills and difficult law & order challenges and has been appreciated as an engineering marvel in all respects. A number of railwaymen sacrificed their lives in the completion of this project.
I feel totally disillusioned and dejected regarding the inputs of IRPOF
I can claim with great pride that I AM THE SENIOR MOST WORKING OFFICER (SINCE JULY, 1993) in INDIAN RAILWAY PROMOTTEE OFFICERS’ FEDERATION (IRPOF) AND SOUTH CENTRAL RAILWAY PROMOTTEE OFFICERS ASSOCIATION (SCRPOA), STILL LANGUISHING in SENIOR SCALE and will remain so for another four and half years.
The story goes like this..
This story is for the consolation of my Colleagues who have just realized and started making some protest now.
I am Dr. V. Indira working as Principal of Railway Prinicpal, Railway Junior College, Secunderabad, South Central Railway. I have been promoted to Group -B during July 1993 in Asst. Scale. After completing 12 years in 2005, I was promoted to Senior Scale. I have already completed 8years in Senior Scale and am at a dead end. I am due for retirement in June 2019 and am stuck till then.
I am an active participant in IRPOF and SCRPOA, since the day I joined. I have also attended numerous meetings at both levels. I am also the Office Bearer (Vice President of SCRPOA, I closely interacted with three Secretary Generals' before Mr. Raman Sharma and also pleaded the case of all MISC Cadre Officers in every Forum I attended, so much so that that the Secretary Generals' dreaded my presence. Even today, I keep reminding Mr. Raman Sharma that we are still alive and we are his responsibility too.
From more than two decades nothing much has been done by IRPOF for this neglected CADRE and frankly I do not have much hope that something will be done in future too. The tragedy is even in this fast world of Hi techonolgy, the silly reason given for not conducting DPC for this Cadre, is that ACR's of Head Masters of all Zonal Railways are not available. Last DPC conducted for Education Officers is in 1982 as per record. Since then Railway Board and IRPOF have gone for treasure HUNT in search of ACRs of the very few Headmasters in the few Zonal Railways.
SURESH PRABHU LAUNCHES IRCTC-UBI PRE-PAID CARD & INAUGURATES THE CONCOR PERISHABLE CARGO CENTRE
The Minister of Railways Shri Suresh Prabhakar Prabhu has launched IRCTC and Union Bank of India RuPay Pre-paid Card and also inaugurated the first ever Perishable Cargo Centre of Container Corporation of India (CONCOR) at Adarsh Nagar station near Azadpur Sabzi Mandi, Delhi. While the IRCTC UBI pr-paid card was launched at Rail Bhawan, the CONCOR Cargo Centre was inaugurated from Rail Bhawan itself through video conferencing at a function here today.
The Union Minister for Railways, Shri Suresh Prabhakar Prabhu addressing at the launch of the IRCTC Union Bank RuPay Prepaid card and inauguration of the Perishable Cargo Centre (at Azadpur Sabzi Mandi, Delhi) of Container Corporation of India (CONCOR) through video conferencing, in New Delhi on March 24, 2015. The Minister of State for Railways, Shri Manoj Sinha, the Chairman, Railway Board, Shri A. K. Mital, Board Members and senior officials of Railways are also seen.
Speaking on the occasion, the Railway Minister said that Railway is continuing its partnership with banks and financial institutions for the benefit of Railways and rail users. Referring to the pre paid cash card launched today, the Railway Minister said that the two institutions of repute namely IRCTC and Union Bank have come together to bring out this consumer friendly product for the benefit of the railway users. It is in line with the Prime Minister’s big programme of financial inclusion.
Referring the CONCOR Cargo Centre at Adarsh Nagar Delhi, Railway Minister Shri Suresh Prabhu said that this perishable cargo centre will help farmers and consumers in a big way. Shri Suresh Prabhu said that the ripening of fruits and cold storage facilities at this cargo centre will help the farmers get a good price and good market for their product through this. The Minister said that Railways are doing much more for the socio-economic development of the country and contribution of the Indian Railways in several sectors is really remarkable. He pointed out that it is heartening to know that the CONCOR has implemented one of the announcements made in the Railway Budget by setting up this centre in such a very short period. Shri Suresh Prabhu also said that he has already instructed the railway officials to fast track the implementation of the all budgetary announcements.
In his speech, Minister of State for Railways, Shri Manoj Sinha said that these two facilities inaugurated today are really consumer friendly. He said that both PSUs of Railways namely IRCTC and CONCOR have done a good job. Shri Sinha pointed out that the perishable cargo centre will help the farmer’s while IRCTC-UBI RuPay Pre-paid cash card will help the railway users.
A Big Step Forward To Make Indian Economy More Robust : S.Prabhu
Highest Ever Funding of Rs. 1.5 Lakh Crore for Railways - MoU Signed With LIC
Just within fifteen days of presenting the Railway Budget 2015-16, the Minister of Railways Suresh Prabhu fulfilled yet another commitment of his Budget announcement by achieving the highest ever funding of Rs. 1.5 lakh crore for Railways. In this historic landmark achievement, a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed between the Ministry of Railways and Life Insurance Corporation (LIC) in the presence of the Minister of Finance Arun Jaitley and the Minister of Railways Suresh Prabhu at a function in New Delhi on 11th March, 2015. The signatories of MoU were Smt. Rajalakshmi Ravikumar, Financial Commissioner, Ministry of Railways and S. K. Roy, Chairman, LIC.
The Union Minister for Railways, Shri Suresh Prabhakar Prabhu addressing at the signing ceremony between the Ministry of Railways and Life Insurance Corporation (LIC), in New Delhi on March 11, 2015. The Union Minister for Finance, Corporate Affairs and Information & Broadcasting, Arun Jaitley, the Minister of State for Railways, Manoj Sinha, the Minister of State for Finance, Jayant Sinha and Chairman, Railway Board A. K. Mital are also seen.
Speaking on the occasion, the Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu said that this is the first such step in its endeavour to make Indian Railways prosperous in the future. He said that with such encouraging initiatives, the Ministry of Railways will be able to augment its resources for speedier execution of projects. Shri Prabhu said that the resultant enhanced throughput of traffic is likely to further increase the capacity to carry more to meet with a growing transportation demand leading to a robust economy. He thanked the officials of the Finance Ministry, LIC and the Railway Ministry for working together as a team to make this deal a big success. Under this MoU, LIC will make available to the Ministry of Railways/its entities a Financial Assistance with a limit of 1,50,000 crore over the next five years for implementing Railway projects. The Financial Assistance will be available from the Financial Year 2015-16.
The Financial Commissioner, Ministry of Railways, Smt. Rajalakshmi Ravikumar and the Chairman, LIC, S. K. Roy signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the Ministry of Railways and Life Insurance Corporation (LIC) in the presence of the Union Minister for Finance, Corporate Affairs and Information & Broadcasting, Arun Jaitley and the Union Minister for Railways, Suresh Prabhakar Prabhu, at a function, in New Delhi on March 11, 2015. The Minister of State for Railways, Manoj Sinha and the Minister of State for Finance, Jayant Sinha are also seen.
In his Budget Speech, Shri Prabhu had announced his intention of meeting a part of the total Plan Budget of Rs 1,00,011 crore for the financial year 2015-16, through extra budgetary resources, such as market borrowings by tapping low cost long term funds. The challenge has been successfully met in a substantial measure by the signing of this MoU for mobilising resources. There would be a five-year moratorium on interest and loan repayment and the rest of the terms would be negotiated while signing the finance assistance agreement.
SER’S NEW SENIOR DEPUTY GENERAL MANAGER
Sanjay Singh Gehlot has taken over as the Seniour Deputy General Manager (SDGM) of South Eastern Railway on 2nd March, 2015. An alumnus of St. Stephen’s College, New Delhi, he joined the Indian Railway Traffic Service (IRTS) in 1985. Prior to this, Shri Gehlot worked as the Divisional Railway Manager at Asansol where he worked from July 2012 to February 2015. Under his leadership, Asansol Division won National Conservation Award for 2013-14 given by the Ministry of Power.
He worked in various capacities in most of the Divisions and areas of the then undivided South Eastern Railway like Tatanagar, Shahdol, Bilaspur, Chakradharpur. He had been the Chairman of Railway Recruitment Board at Bhopal from 2009 to 2011. He was the Chief Commercial Manager (Freight Marketing) of Eastern Railway before joining as Divisional Railway Manager, Asansol. He has keen interest in environment, sports and socio cultural activities.
IR had been treated as a personal ‘Jagir’ of the incumbent Ministers
It was treated as a source of unimaginable riches..
It has also the sad distinction of having been a ‘Malaidar’ Ministry.
Ashok Kumar Jain*
It has finally happened. Someone out there cares for the health and survival of the Indian Railways the lifeline of the nation. Since 1947, the Indian Railways had got raw deal from the policy makers. It had been treated as a personal ‘jagir’ of the incumbent Minister. It was treated as a source of unimaginable riches. It has also the sad distinction of having been a ‘malaidar’ ministry. The fundamental principle that any system, particularly a railway, needs continuous inputs to survive was consciously ignored. The very thought was lost in the greed of those in power. The Railways were used as a political milch cow. It was only during the first NDA regime that some oxygen was provided by way of special funds for rehabilitation but the political and financial exploitation continued unabated. A maverick was needed to change all this and give a direction and have a vision to make the railways function to simply contribute to the economy and meet the current demands for transportation.
This criminal neglect over more than six decades has resulted in this vital economic mover being on a ventilator today with continuing disastrous consequences for the national economy. The transportation costs of vital goods, basic to economic health, is being done at twice the cost because of inability of the national carrier to meets the growing demands of economy.
The successive governments had refused to recognize this result of their neglect and loot. A maverick was needed to change all this and give a direction and have a vision to make the railways function to simply contribute to the economy and meet the current demands for transportation. It has happened with Modi and Prabhu.
For the first time in history of Independent India the political perspective of the Railways has changed. And this budget has done it and done it in a scientific manner that gives confidence in the beneficial outcomes. For the first time structures are being promised have that will take care to infuse strength to the system and make it capable of sustained growth commiserate with the transportation demands of the industry, farmers and the public at large. Thus the railways can hope to be the engine of fascinating growth possibilities. The task is mammoth but can be accomplished.
Flagging off new EMU Train Palwal-New Delhi-Aligarh Daily Service
Over Delhi Division, Delhi area is a Central hub for Passengers, Goods and Parcel traffic. New Delhi-Palwal section of Delhi Division is a very important section which connects Southern & Western parts of the country. 105 trains consisting of Rajdhani, Duronto, Garib Rath, Shatabdi and long distance trains are passing in each direction daily in New Delhi - Palwal section. In addition to the above, 23 passenger trains are also providing services to the residents of Delh/New Delhi-Palwal section.
Minister of State thanked Prime Minister and Minister of Railways for a very heartening Railway Budget and for the new EMU train service between Palwal and Aligarh. He also announced that benches would be provided from his MPLAD fund at important railway stations of Faridabad Lok Sabha constituency like Faridabad, Palwal and Hodal railway stations. He further said that a generator will be provided at the Palwal Railway station. MP Ramesh Bidhuri praised the Railway Budget and said that this new EMU service will be a boon to the daily commuters of Palwal and the enroute stations till Aligarh.
Divisional Railway Manager, Delhi, Arun Arora said that during the year 2015-2016, am electric substation and LED lighting will be provided at Palwal station. He also said that a new booking office and a new island platform, 1A/1B are to be completed this year. Repair work on Platform No. 1/2 and 4/5 will be done in this financial year. Apart from this, fourth line upto Asaoti station is expected to be completed soon.
NR HONOURS EIGHT EMPLOYEES THROUGH SAFETY AWARDS
In keeping with the practice of honoring employees, whose alertness and prompt action have resulted in averting a possible accident, through Safety Awards and as recognition of meritorious services, Northern Railway honoured the services of eight of its employees through Safety Awards at a ceremony held at Northern Railway Headquarters Office, Baroda House, New Delhi on 27th February, 2015.
The Awards were presented by A. K. Puthia, General Manager, Northern Railway. Also present on this occasion were S. K. Pathak, Addl. General Manager, Naveen Shukla, Chief Safety Officer and the Principal Heads of all departments of Northern Railway.
RAILWAY BUDGET 2015-16 HIGHLIGHTS -GM/ER Address to Media
General Manager, Eastern Railway R. K. Gupta addressing to media on railway budget-2015-16 on 26th Feb. 2015 at Eastern Railway's Head Quarters, Fairly Place, Kolkata.
Excerpts of Rail budget 2015-16-Portion Pertaining to Northern Railway
Some major passenger-related highlights:
1. Wi-Fi facility at around 400 stations
2. All India 24 x7 Helpline 138 from 1.3.2015.
3. All India Toll-Free Number 182 for Security Complaints
4. No increase in passenger fares
5. Unreserved Ticketing purchase made simpler
6. 492 sections running at a capacity of more than 100%, 228 running between 80-100%.
7. Seventy Seven (77) new railway projects
8. Foreign Rail Technology Co-operation Scheme to be launched
9. Five Points execution strategy for transforming Indian Railways.
10. Cleanliness highest priority under ‘Swacch Rail Swacch Bharat’
11. Mobile application being developed to address complaints
12. SMS alert service about arrival & departure of trains.
13. 17000 toilets to be replaced by Bio-Toilets
14. Surveillance Cameras in ladies compartments and on select mainlines
15. 67% more funds allotted to Passenger Amenities.
16. Speed of 9 rly corridors to be increased
17. Quality and cleanliness of bed linen
18. Best food chain for e-catering
19. Hand held terminals for TTEs
20. Mobile charging in gen. class
21. Train protection warning sys. and train collision avoidance sys. on select route
22. Digitize mapping of land records
Help-Line: Every responsive organization should have a system to address grievances from its valued customers. An all -India 24X7 helpline number, 138, will become functional to attend to the problems of passengers on a real time basis.
No hike in Railway Passenger Fares -GM/SWR
General Manager, South Western Railway address to media on rail budget on 26th Feb. 2015 at South Western Railway head quarters, Gadag Road, Hubli.
* Plan Outlay proposed Rs. 1,00,011 crore, increased by 52%
* Allocation for passenger amenities up by 67%
* Railways to become prime mover of Indian Economy, Five years action plan proposed
* Rail Budget seeks resource mobilization for higher investment
* Thrust on measurable and sustainable improvement in passenger experience and to make Rail a safer means of travel
* Hot buttons, coin vending machines for railway tickets within 5 minutes, e-catering to select meals from an array of choices
* 200 more stations to come under Adarsh Station scheme; Wi-Fi to be provided at B category stations
* 24X7 helplines for attending passenger problems and security related complaints
* For the safety of women passengers surveillance cameras in suburban coaches
* More General class coaches will be added in identified trains.
* The speed of nine railway corridors will be increased to 160 and 200 kmph
* Train Protection Warning System and Train Collision Avoidance system to be installed on select routes
* 77 new projects covering 9,400 km of doubling/ tripling/ quadrupling works proposed
* A new department for keeping stations and trains clean under Swachh Rail Swachh Bharat Abhiyan
SAFETY AND SECURITY OF PASSENGERS WILL BE ENSURED
Kolkata : General Manager, Eastern Railway, Shri R. K. Gupta inspected Azimganj-Nabadwipdham section of Eastern Railway’s Howrah Division and visited Azimganj, Salar, Katwa, Dainhat, Nabadwipdham, Chowrigacha, Khagra Ghat Road & Lalbag Court Road stations.
During inspection Shri Gupta laid emphasis on cleanliness drive at different stations and advised the Divisional Officers to take necessary actions to further improve cleanliness in all stations. He specially inspected the Waiting Halls, Sitting arrangements, Lighting arrangements, provision of Drinking water, Food stalls and other passenger amenities at stations. Shri Gupta also inspected the railway tracks, Bridges, L/C gates on the Azimganj-Nabadwipdham section. Concerned Divisional officials have been advised to take steps to maintain operational safety and passenger security.
Shri Gupta made it clear to all concerned that no compromise will be tolerated with passenger safety. He advised utmost sincerity by the running staff, Traffic Inspectors and Operational Officers for smooth and safe movement of train operations. Shri Gupta inaugurated a Running Room for the Loco Pilots at Azimganj Station which will enable them to have proper rest before and after conclusion of journey.
EASTERN RAILWAY STATIONS WILL BE BEAUTIFIED WITH GARDENS
Kolkata : Two-day Annual Flower Show and Garden Compitition of Eastern Railway held on 6 & 7 February 2015 at Rail Museum at Howrah. Shri R. K. Gupta, General Manager, Eastern Railway visited the flower show and gave away the prizes on the concluding day of the occasion on 7th February 2015. Howrah Division became the Champion and Sealdah Division became the Runners up in the Annual Flower Show and Asansol Division bagged the overall Garden Competition Trophy 2015. Best Station Garden prizes were bagged by Malda Town station and Bolpur station in A & B category station respectively.
Addressing on the occasion, Shri R. K. Gupta, General Manager, Eastern Railway said that organizing Flower Show is a noble attempt to promote the awareness amongst railway staff & officers for a better ecological balance and environment in the Railway premises. He also mentioned that Eastern Railway also plants trees in railway premises including offices, station areas and also along the railway track as a measure for promoting pollution free environment. He advised Divisions to make an attempt to create a small garden in front of every station.
It may be noted that Eastern Railway has been organizing this flower show since 1973 for creating awareness on importance of aforestation & gardening amongst railway employees. Altogether, there were 597 entries in 28 different categories from Eastern Railway’s Howrah, Sealdah, Asansol, Malda Divisions & Headquarters and Jamalpur, Kanchrapara & Liluah workshops.
ER’S DRIVE AGAINST FREE-TRIPPERS, RS. 25.79 CRORE REALISED
Kolkata : Eastern Railway realised a huge amount through ticket checking drive conducted in different divisions during the current financial year. An amount of Rs. 25.79 Crore was realized of which Rs. 19.80 Crore as fine from free-trippers and Rs. 5.99 Crore from un-booked luggage during the period from April to December, 2014 an increase of 11.34% over the previous year.
Sealdah Division of Eastern Railway itself earned Rs.6,54,85,997/- as fine from a total of 2,47,436 numbers of passengers travelling without ticket and Rs.3,26,98,167 from detection of 3,39,924 numbers of un-booked luggage during the period April, 2014 to January, 2015. Altogether, 13 numbers of magisterial checks and 71 numbers of special ticket checking through ‘Chetana’ were conducted on different sections of Sealdah division during the period.
To check the loss of railway revenew through ticketless travelling, Eastern Railway has intensified ticket cheching drive at various stations over its jurisdiction. Passengers are requested to travel with proper ticket and book their luggage. A massive awareness campaign has been organized with an appeal to passengers to purchase tickets & travel with dignity through media.
RAILWAYS’ REVENUE EARNINGS UP BY 12.67 PER CENT
The total approximate earnings of Indian Railways on originating basis during 1st April 2014 to 31st January 2015 were Rs. 128928.28 crore compared to Rs. 114428.52 crore during the same period last year, registering an increase of 12.67 per cent.
The total approximate earnings from goods during 1st April 2014 – 31st January 2015 were Rs. 87291.87 crore compared to Rs. 77694.07 crore during the same period last year, registering an increase of 12.35 per cent.
The total approximate revenue earnings from passengers during 1st April 2014 – 31st January 2015 were Rs. 35309.81 crore compared to Rs. 30723.44 crore during the same period last year, registering an increase of 14.93 percent.
The approximate revenue earnings from other coaching amounted to Rs.3353.26 crore during April 2014 – January 2015 compared to Rs. 3179.49 crore during the same period last year, registering an increase of 5.47 per cent.
Inaugurated the ‘High Tech Locomotive Component Manufacturing Facility’ by MoSR, Manoj Sinha at Bharat Forge Centre for Advanced Manufacturing, Baramati
Minister of State for Railways (MoSR), Manoj Sinha on 15th February, 2015 inaugurated the ‘High Tech Locomotive Component Manufacturing Facility’ at ‘Bharat Forge Centre for Advanced Manufacturing’ in Baramati in presence of Member of Parliament and Chairman - Standing Committee on Petroleum & Natural Gas Pralhad Joshi and Chairman & Managing Director, Bharat Forge Limited Baba N. Kalyani.
The Railways business segment is an integral part of Bharat Forge’s plan to grow with India’s infrastructure development and is the cornerstone of its diversification strategy. The company has been supplying to all major railways networks across the world including in the US, Europe, Russia and recently to the Indian Railways.
Minister of State for Railways, Shri Manoj Sinha inaugurating Bharat Forge’s ‘High Tech Locomotive Component Manufacturing Facility’ at Baramati in presence of Shri Pralhad Joshi, Member of Parliament & Shri Baba N Kalyani, Chairman & Managing Director, Bharat Forge Limited and Shri S. K. Sood, General Manager, Central Railway.
This state-of-the-art ‘High Tech Locomotive Component Manufacturing Facility’ will exclusively focus on developing critical and sophisticated components and products for the Railway sector globally. This facility will not only give Bharat Forge a new growth avenue but also enable us in contributing to building India’s economic backbone, strengthen national manufacturing capabilities and steer the government’s ‘Make in India’ drive.
Speaking on the occasion, Minister of State for Railways, Manoj Sinha said, ‘Under our government’s ‘Make in India’ initiative, we are committed to encourage indigenous manufacturing of railway components and products which have hitherto been imported from outside. I am immensely pleased to see Bharat Forge positively responding to Prime Minister's ‘Make in India’ drive.’
AJAY SHUKLA Takes Charge As New Member Traffic, Railway Board
Senior Traffic Officer Ajay Shukla has taken the charge as the new Member Traffic, Railway Board on 4th February, 2015. It is in addition to his own duties as Additional Member (Commercial) Railway Board. Shri Shukla is a senior officer of 1979 batch of Indian Railway Traffic Service (IRTS). He has rich and varied experience of working on several important posts in the Indian Railways, like Chief Passenger Traffic Manager and Chief Safety Officer, Northern Railway; Divisional Railway Manger, Dhanbad, East Central Railway; Chief Operations Manager, North Western Railway and South East Central Railway; Additional General Manager, East Central Railway. He also attended training courses in Australia and France.
Shri Shukla did his Graduation in Science and Post Graduation in History from Lucknow University and was University Representative of Delhi Press Group of Magazines during university period. He started writing short articles in Hindi as well as in English since college time and more than 100 articles written by him were published in various magazines and newspapers during college/university period between 1973-78.
Some of the books in English authored by Shri Shukla include (i) Silent Raindrop – Collection of poetry, (ii) Philosophy of Bhagvada Gita, and (iii) Four Lane Expressway to Stress Management and Happiness and some of popular books written by him in Hindi are: ’Taj Mahal ka Tender’ (Play), ‘Doosra Adhyay’ (Play) and ‘Pratibodh’ (1977) (Poem) and ‘Prashnchihan’(Collection of poems).
ER ACHIEVED A REMARKABLE GROWTH IN FREIGHT LOADING
Eastern Railway achieved a growth in freight loading during the period from April, 2014 to January, 2015 this year i.e, first ten months of this fiscal, although ER is best known as a passenger-carrying railway. ER has been carrying 33 lakhs passengers daily by running of 1925 trains everyday.
Freight loading of ER during the period has reached to the tune of 54.987 Million Tonnes, registering a growth of 9.24% over the corresponding period of the last financial year. In January alone this year, freight loading stood at 6.397 Million Tonnes which is 11.08% more than that of the corresponding month of last year.
EASTERN RAILWAY HONOURS EIGHT EMPLOYEES FOR SAFETY IN TRAIN OPERATIONS
Eastern Railway instituted a new concept of monthly “Safety Awards” to honour its employees who did diligent work in improving safety in train operation. Keeping in view, General Manager, Eastern Railway R. K. Gupta honoured eight employees whose alertness and prompt action have resulted in averting possible accident through safety award at Eastern Railway’s Headquarters, Fairlie Place, Kolkata on 3.2.2015. The awards were presented by Shri Gupta, General Manager in presence of B. K. Patel, Additional General Manager and other Principal Heads of all Departments of Eastern Railway.
The eight employees who were felicitated for their outstanding services are Shri R. S. Yadav, Station Manager, Liluah, Howrah, who shown calmness and took prompt action in reporting the accident of Poorva Express at Liluah & other employees viz. Arnab Sinha, Loco Pilot, Howrah Division, Pradip Kumar Das, Loco Pilot, Sanjoy Dutta, Assistant Loco Pilot, Ashok Kumar Sharma, Loco Pilot of Sealdah Division and J. C. Gupta, Technician, Sarbe Soren, Technician of Asansol Division and Munna Prasad Yadav, Trackman of Malda Division were awarded for their exemplary performance in averting accidents, detecting rail fractures and other safety related issues.
Need To Benchmark The Best Engg. Practices of India -Suresh Prabhu
Two Day National Technical Seminar On Railway Track Issues Concludes
Institution of Permanent Way Engineers (India) have organised a two days National Technical Seminar at New Delhi on 29th and 30th January 2015. The Seminar has been organised to deliberate on issues of Maintenance and Rail and Weld Management, Increase of Speed on existing Indian Railway Routes, Metro System Design, Standards and Construction.
Delivering Valedictory address at the conclusion of the two day seminar, Minister of Railways Suresh Prabhakar Prabhu said that there is a need to benchmark the best engineering practices of India and abroad and then adapt them to suit Indian requirements. He said that one of the subjects of the seminar namely Rail Weld Management is very important and we have to work towards minimizing cases of rail fractures and weld fractures as far as possible to ensure safety in railway operation.
He said that the seminar will come up with suggestions and we should find mechanisms to integrate them in day to day functioning. Referring to the excellent engineering marvel undertaken by Indian Railways in the past like Konkan Railways, Jammu and Kashmir railway project etc. the Railway Minister said skill upgradation should be a continuous process and effort should be made to lower the cost of projects. On this occasion Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu released a booklet with the title “Norms for Divisional Permanent Way Training Institutes” published by Northern Railways.
IPWE(India) Organizes two days National Technical Seminar
Deliberation on issues of Increase of Speed on existing Indian Railway Routes, Metro System Design, Standards, Construction & Maintenance and Rail & Weld Management
Institution of P.Way Engineers (India) have organised a two days National Technical Seminar at New Delhi on 29th & 30th January 2015. IPWE organises National Technical Seminar every year to have an effective exchange of knowledge and experience about the latest technological developments concerning Permanent Way (known as Railway Track in common paslavics), Bridges and Structures. This year Seminar has been organised to deliberate on issues of Increase of Speed on existing Indian Railway Routes, Metro System Design, Standards, Construction & Maintenance and Rail & Weld Management.
IPWE has also arranged a Technical Exhibition being participated by Industry involved in the field of Railways Technology. Seminar and Exhibition were inaugurated by Minister of State for Railways Manoj Sinha in the presence of A. K. Mittal, Chairman Railway Board, & Shri V. K. Gupta, Member Engineering & President IPWE(I). Senior Railway Officers and delegates from all over Indian Railways, Trade & Industries are attending the two days Seminar. Shri Sinha released the conference Souvenir and Technical Literature related to the Topics of the Seminar. He awarded the winner authors of the previous Seminar.
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