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DOPT clears RR: Appointment for 15 AM posts expected shortly

If some top sources at DOPT are to be believed the department has cleared the Recruitment Rules (terms and norms) for 15 newly created posts of Additional Member in Railway Board. Reportedly, the approval reached Rail Bhawan last Saturday triggering speculations that Railway Board will start its bit to fill these posts.

Indianmandarins had on November 29 reported (CLICK TO READ) that Ministry of Railways had sent a proposal to the Department of Personnel & Training for its approval on Recruitment Rules (RR).

It may be mentioned that in a cadre restructuring approx 15 new posts of Additional Member (HAG+ level, same as GM) were created in March this year. of 15 newly created posts; IRAS earned 2 posts; IRSE, IRSEE & IRSME earned 03 posts each whereas IRPS, IRTS, IRSS & IRSSE earned 01 post each. In addition, approx. 5 posts of Additional Member are already lying vacant which too may filled up together with newly created posts.

Senior officers belonging to eight different services may stay hopeful for career progression which was hanging in balance since April this year.

10 Dec 2019
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CRB Appointment: PMO keeps a tab on maneuvering

Maneuvering in Indian bureaucracy sometimes provides more spice than the real politic. Appointment of the next CRB and efforts to get extension to the outgoing CRB Vinod Kumar Yadav (IRSEE:1980) appear to have set the stage for a new drama unfolding. The matter has gathered importance also because this time only a couple of senior officials have the eligibility to become Chairman of Railway Board. If some top sources are to be believed, PMO too is silently watching the matter.

Indianmandarins has reliably learnt that vigilance department has started its attempt to explore avenues which may go against East Central Railway, GM, L C Trivedi (IRSME:1983) who is considered to be the most eligible candidate to succeed Yadav who is retiring December this year. Trivedi has a fair career record and is considered to have competence and administrative acumen among the present lot with almost 20 months of service remaining. Senior Railways officials say that Trivedi is a close relative of former CRB and incumbent Air India CMD Ashwani Lohani and that’s enough for his opponents to join hands together.

Though extension to CRBs in recent past failed to yield desired outcome but the outgoing CRB Yadav may get an extended tenure. Reportedly, Yadav is known for his fair service records and has been synergetic with the higher ups which may help him securing extension.

The other strong claimant for the top job is Vidya Bhushan (IRSME:1983), GM of East Coast Railway who has 22 months before he retires.

But what appears worth underlining is vigilance angle which is not so surprising. If some well-placed sources are to be believed Trivedi is likely to be trapped in a Vigilance case even though he did play crucial role to roll out Vande Bharat Express. 

08 Nov 2019
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DOPT clears RR: Appointment for 15 AM posts expected shortly

By IndianMandarins 10 Dec 2019

If some top sources at DOPT are to be believed the department has cleared the Recruitment Rules (terms and norms) for 15 newly created posts of Additional Member in Railway Board. Reportedly, the approval reached Rail Bhawan last Saturday triggering speculations that Railway Board will start its bit to fill these posts.

Indianmandarins had on November 29 reported (CLICK TO READ) that Ministry of Railways had sent a proposal to the Department of Personnel & Training for its approval on Recruitment Rules (RR).

It may be mentioned that in a cadre restructuring approx 15 new posts of Additional Member (HAG+ level, same as GM) were created in March this year. of 15 newly created posts; IRAS earned 2 posts; IRSE, IRSEE & IRSME earned 03 posts each whereas IRPS, IRTS, IRSS & IRSSE earned 01 post each. In addition, approx. 5 posts of Additional Member are already lying vacant which too may filled up together with newly created posts.

Senior officers belonging to eight different services may stay hopeful for career progression which was hanging in balance since April this year.

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CRB Appointment: PMO keeps a tab on maneuvering

By IndianMandarins 08 Nov 2019

Maneuvering in Indian bureaucracy sometimes provides more spice than the real politic. Appointment of the next CRB and efforts to get extension to the outgoing CRB Vinod Kumar Yadav (IRSEE:1980) appear to have set the stage for a new drama unfolding. The matter has gathered importance also because this time only a couple of senior officials have the eligibility to become Chairman of Railway Board. If some top sources are to be believed, PMO too is silently watching the matter.

Indianmandarins has reliably learnt that vigilance department has started its attempt to explore avenues which may go against East Central Railway, GM, L C Trivedi (IRSME:1983) who is considered to be the most eligible candidate to succeed Yadav who is retiring December this year. Trivedi has a fair career record and is considered to have competence and administrative acumen among the present lot with almost 20 months of service remaining. Senior Railways officials say that Trivedi is a close relative of former CRB and incumbent Air India CMD Ashwani Lohani and that’s enough for his opponents to join hands together.

Though extension to CRBs in recent past failed to yield desired outcome but the outgoing CRB Yadav may get an extended tenure. Reportedly, Yadav is known for his fair service records and has been synergetic with the higher ups which may help him securing extension.

The other strong claimant for the top job is Vidya Bhushan (IRSME:1983), GM of East Coast Railway who has 22 months before he retires.

But what appears worth underlining is vigilance angle which is not so surprising. If some well-placed sources are to be believed Trivedi is likely to be trapped in a Vigilance case even though he did play crucial role to roll out Vande Bharat Express. 

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Premature-retirement: 154 SAG & HAG officers being reviewed

By IndianMandarins 24 Oct 2019

If some well-placed sources are to be believed Railways Ministry has kick-started the NaMo administration’s directives of periodic review of officials to find out fit cases for premature retirement.

Reportedly, Railway Board is reviewing the services of 154 Indian Railway Medical Service (IRMS) officers at Senior Administrative Grade and Higher Administrative Grade who have attained 50 yrs of age or would be attaining 50 yrs of age in between 01.01.2020 to 31.03.2020.

Railway Board is appeared to have conveyed to the Zonal Railways that the screening of all IRMS officers between the above mentioned age brackets be carried out by an by internal committee. The Board has set 31.10.2019 as the deadline for submition of reports.

It may be mentioned that only 154 IRMS officers are presently working directly under the Railway Board whereas rest of the IRMS officers work under the direct supervision of Zonal Railways.

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Five-member panel on privatization of railway stations & trains

By IndianMandarins 11 Oct 2019

Railways ministry has constituted a five-member committee in the chairmanship of NITI Aayog CEO Amitabh Kant to look into the matter of privatization of railway stations and trains on various routes. The committee has to look into the matter of developing 50 stations across the country as world class besides handing over 150 trains to private operators for better service.

Other members in the group included chairman of Railway Board, finance commissioner, finance and urban development secretaries and member of railway board besides some other members. The committee has been asked to complete its work and submit its report in one year.

Proposal to constitute such a committee was given to the railways ministry by NITI Aayog only. NITI Aayog CEO Amitabh Kant had written a letter to Railway Board chairman Vinod Yadav in this regard in which dissatisfaction was expressed over the development of stations and suggestions were given to take some measures.

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IRCON celebrated its 43rd Annual Day ‘Srijan’

By IndianMandarins 02 May 2019

IRCON International Ltd. celebrated its 43rd Annual Day on 28th April 2019 in a function organized at Airforce Auditorium, Subroto Park, New Delhi. Vinod Kumar Yadav (Chairman, Railway Board), Vishwesh Chaubey (Member Engineering, Railway Board), S K Chaudhary (CMD, IRCON) inaugurated the event by the lighting of lamps. Deepak Sabhlok (Director, Projects), Mukesh Kumar Singh (Director, Finance) and Yogesh Kumar Misra (Director, Works) and many senior officers and ex-officers of Railway Board and other organizations were also present on the occasion.


Speaking during the event, Vinod Kumar Yadav (CRB) praised IRCON for its remarkable achievements in the year 2018-19 and wished that it would play a lead role in the infrastructure development of the Indian Railways in the forthcoming years.

 

Vishwesh Chaubey said that IRCON’s contribution in the project of national importance was exemplary and shows the highest degree of commitment and engineering excellence of its engineers.

 

IRCON CMD S K Chaudhary attributed the all-round success of the company to its team and thanked the Railway Board for reposing its faith on the capability of IRCON. He said that the company was committed to further accelerate the growth by preparing itself for future challenges in the construction sector.

 

This year IRCON named its Annual Day Event as ‘Srijan’; a Sanskrit word which means- creation, construction which is synonymous with the core business of IRCON which creates and develops world-class infrastructure projects across the globe.

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V K Yadav appointed Chairman, Railway Board

By IndianMandarins 01 Jan 2019

In our previous report we had underlined that NaMo Govt had been giving utmost importance to performance when it comes to appointing key officers. By appointing Vinod Kumar Yadav (IRSEE:1980) as Chairman, Railway Board and ex-officio Principal Secretary to Govt of India, the NaMo Govt and Railway Minister Piyush Goyal made it abundantly clear. Yadav was recently empanelled to hold secretary equivalent post in Govt of India. He also served in UNIDO and DIPP and had extensive interaction with international organisations like JICA in various development projects. V K Yadav is also senior most officer in the rank of GM with over a year as residual service. It may be mentioned that seniority of senior officers in Railways is calculated on the basis of seniority in GM's panel.

 

For instance, South Central Railways (SCR) has fared high on performance parameters under the leadership of V K Yadav. SCR was best performing zone in the year 2017-18 as adjudged by Ministry of Railways. It's performance in present year too is laudable. There has been no consequential accident in SCR this year (as against 45 all over India). Punctuality performance (M/E) has also improved from 75% (April) to 85% (November). There is 22% growth in loading. 

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Who will succeed Lohani as next CRB; Chaubey or Agrawal?

By IndianMandarins 21 Dec 2018

As usual the top echelons of power would not open their cards relating to the next Railway Board Chairman or relating to the fate of outgoing CRB Ashwani Lohani retiring this month but several theories have been doing rounds.

 

As the story goes most of the senior-members of Railway Board are left with less than a year to retire which is considered mandatory for the top job. Among vocal claimants are Ghanshyam Singh (Member, Traction) retiring in May 2019; S N Agrawal (Member, Staff) retiring in June 2019 whereas A K Prasad (Financial Commissioner) and Girish Pillai (Member, Traffic) will be retiring in March and July 2019 respectively.

 

The remaining two, Member (Engineering) Vishwesh Choubey (IRSE:1980) and Member (Rolling Stock) Rajesh Agrawal (IRSME:1980), have residual service of more than a year. But seniority issue appeared to have become the bone of contention.

 

As per the laid down norm, seniority is decided by a GM panel which places Vishwesh Chaubey, who joined Railway Board after Rajesh Agarwal, senior to Agarwal.  He has thus said to have emerged as the most prospective and plausible claimant to become Chairman of Railway Board.

 

But all would depend on the mood swings of the NaMo administration. It is to be seen whether it goes for extension/re-appointment of Lohani beyond 31 December 2018.

 

Recently, both IB and RAW chiefs were given six months extension.  So, everyone is seen guessing. Indianmandarins has learnt that Lohani would be drafted for some special assignment under Ministry of Civil Aviation before his retirement. 

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ICF tender for propulsion system triggers controversy

By IndianMandarins 14 Nov 2018

The tender floated by Integral Coach Factory Chennai for acquiring propulsion systems for 141 electric trains has run into a controversy. The tender, estimated to be worth Rs 1,200-1,500 crore, will open on November 15.


Bharat Heavy Electricals Ltd, which has been regularly supplying locos and equipment to the railways, has written to the Railway Board complaining that the tender favours three select Indian companies. Another major manufacturer, who did not want to be identified, has alleged that the tender conditions favor only one Indian company.


One prominent manufacturer has reportedly said it would soon file a complaint with the Competition Commission of India and the PMO as the tender condition did not fulfil the ‘Make in India’ criteria in entirety.


In a letter to Railway Board chairman Ashwani Lohani, BHEL has said ICF's tendering conditions may cause cost escalation. “BHEL is getting deprived of the opportunity for being considered for bulk quantity in view of a change in eligibility criteria,” BHEL chairman Atul Sobti wrote in the letter.

“In the earlier tender, the qualifying criteria was that the participant should have supplied one AC rake (one train set), which has now been increased to ten,” wrote Sobti, who is also the company’s managing director.


“I have been told that three parties may be eligible for bulk tender, whereas BHEL, the only public-sector company, is getting eliminated. If the conditions are not changed, BHEL will not only be denied a fair opportunity to submit its competitive bid but the reduced competition may also preclude the discovery of the most economical price for Indian Railways,” Sobti said in his letter.


Another major manufacturer, Titagarh Wagons, has asked the railways to increase the tender submission timeline so that the bids can be more competitive.


In a letter to S Mani, GM of Integral Coach Factory, Titagarh Wagons, has reportedly said, “We have a feeling that the given timeframe for tender submission is not adequate to prepare a detailed, most competitive and attractive techno-commercial proposal, given the volume of this project. Therefore, we earnestly request to extend the due date of submission by two months."


In February, the Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion (DIPP), had raised red flags over a similar tender for a train-set project – which had resulted in a single bidder outcome as a consortium led by rolling stock manufacturer Medha was the sole bidder.


In a letter to the Railway Board, DIPP secretary Ramesh Abhishek had then observed that the eligibility conditions set in the train-set tender “prima facie seem to be non-compliant to the public procurement (preference to make in India) order”. The tender was later scrapped.

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