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Five-member panel on privatization of railway stations & trains

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.

11 Oct 2019
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Ire of higher ups: Man behind Train18 feels the heat

New Delhi: The man behind the design and development of 'Train 18' (India's first semi high speed train later rechristened Vande Bharat Express) feels the heat of taking up an administrative issue bluntly in the department. As reported by The Hindu his decisions proved distasteful to the higher ups inviting their ire.

 

Southern Railway's Chief Mechanical Engineer Subhranshu was transferred to Rail Wheel Plant, Bela in Bihar as Chief Administrative Officer last week. His present posting is being termed as punishment posting with no routine transfer due to him which is in normal course done in two years.

 

The power corridor is considering his decision as reason for his abrupt unceremonious transfer. As reported ordering the suspension of on board housekeeping services in several trains proved counterproductive for him as it pointed out that Southern Railway was running out of funds to pay contractors’ dues. 

 

Though the Railway Ministry swung into action and released an amount of Rs 50 Cr immediately as against the pendency of Rs 38.6 Cr till August 22, 2019.

 

Interestingly, the sanction of fund anf Subhranshu's transfer order came almost simultaneously.

25 Aug 2019
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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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Ire of higher ups: Man behind Train18 feels the heat

By IndianMandarins 25 Aug 2019

New Delhi: The man behind the design and development of 'Train 18' (India's first semi high speed train later rechristened Vande Bharat Express) feels the heat of taking up an administrative issue bluntly in the department. As reported by The Hindu his decisions proved distasteful to the higher ups inviting their ire.

 

Southern Railway's Chief Mechanical Engineer Subhranshu was transferred to Rail Wheel Plant, Bela in Bihar as Chief Administrative Officer last week. His present posting is being termed as punishment posting with no routine transfer due to him which is in normal course done in two years.

 

The power corridor is considering his decision as reason for his abrupt unceremonious transfer. As reported ordering the suspension of on board housekeeping services in several trains proved counterproductive for him as it pointed out that Southern Railway was running out of funds to pay contractors’ dues. 

 

Though the Railway Ministry swung into action and released an amount of Rs 50 Cr immediately as against the pendency of Rs 38.6 Cr till August 22, 2019.

 

Interestingly, the sanction of fund anf Subhranshu's transfer order came almost simultaneously.

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Railways may retrench officers and employees

By IndianMandarins 14 Jul 2019

The Ministry of Railways may review the performance of its employees to determine their suitability for continuation in their jobs. In group A and B, the performance of officers aged 50 and in group C and D, employees above 55 years, are to be reviewed. Besides, the performance of officers and employees who have completed 30 years of service may also be reviewed. 

 

The Ministry's proposal for review follows a directive issued last month by the Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT).

 

After considering the DoPT directive, the Railway Board on Tuesday advised the zonal railways and production units to assess the performance of employees.

 

One of the reportedly controversial guidelines for identifying employees for early retirement states that if the conduct of an employee is not deemed in public interest or obstructs the efficiency in public service, they can be recommended for premature retirement.

 

It is expected that the plan for premature retirement of employees, in particular, may run into serious obstacles because the railways have strong unions. On the other hand, the government may not face that kind of opposition in weeding out Group A & B officers whose associations have no deterrence power.

 

The plan, if implemented unwisely, may disrupt railways functioning which is already short of 2.9 workers and officers at various levels.

 

Official records show that, as on March 31, 2017, the strength of railway employees was 13,08,323 and over 2.9 lakhs posts were vacant. Further, from 2013, about 22,000 to 25,000 railway employees have been inducted into the service every year, while the retirement rate was 55,000 to 60,000 a year.

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Railways: 40 officers empanelled for GM level appointment

By IndianMandarins 12 Jun 2019

Amid six GM posts lying vacant in Indian Railway the ACC on Tuesday approved the panel of forty officers for appointment to General Manager level positions. Officers on the list are;

 

  • R Gupta (IRSME:1984)
  • Rajiv Kumar Vyas (IRSS:1984)
  • Anil Kumar Kathpal (IRSME:1984)
  • G Banerjee (IRSEE:1984)
  • John Thomas (IRSEE:1984)
  • V M Srivastava (IRSEE:1984)
  • Sanjiv Mittal (IRSE:1984)
  • Anand Prakash (IRSE:1984)
  • Santosh Kumar Agarwal (IRSE:1984)
  • Uma Shankar S Yadav (IRSE:1984)
  • Y P Singh (IRSSE:1984)
  • S P Singh Chauhn (IRSSE:1984)
  • S K Goel (IRSEE:1984)
  • Shailendra K Singh (IRSEE:1984)
  • S Swarup (IRSEE:1984)
  • Anand S Khati (IRPS:1985)
  • Manoj Joshi (IRSME:1985)
  • A Gangal (IRSME:1985)
  • Shubhranshu (IRSME:1985)
  • Anuj Prakash (IRSME:1985)
  • Sunil Bajpai (IRSME:1985)
  • A K Pandey (IRSS:1985)
  • Alok Kansal (IRSE:1985)
  • Sanjay Rastogi (IRSE:1985)
  • Om Prakash Singh ((IRSE:1985)
  • K Shunmugaraj (IRSS:1986)
  • Ram Lal (IRSS:1985)
  • Aditya Sharma )IRSS:1985)
  • Rajesh Agral (IRSE:1985)
  • Sanjay Kumar Mohanty (IRTS:1985)
  • Mukesh Nigam (IRTS:1985)
  • Sanjay Singh Gehlot (IRTS:1985)
  • Naresh Salecha (IRAS:1986)
  • N P Pande (IRAS:1986)
  • Arun Arora (IRSME:1986)
  • A K Agarwal (IRSME:1986)
  • Sushant Kumar Mishra (IRTS:1986)
  • Ms Reena Ranjan (IRAS:1986)
  • Ms Anuradha Mukhedar (IRAS:1985)
  • Kailash C Swami (IRSE:1986)

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Shukla tipped as ED, Vigilance (Mechanical) in Railway Board

By IndianMandarins 27 May 2019

Indianmandarins reliably learns that Dinesh Shukla (IRSME) may shortly be appointed to the post of ED, Vigilance (Mechanical) in Railway Board.


Presently, he serves as Executive Director Personal Grievances (EDPG) to Manoj Sinha, the outgoing MoS Railways who reportedly worked hard to ensure Shukla a coveted post in Railway Board.

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Appointment of five Railway GMs hangs in balance

By IndianMandarins 16 May 2019

It is reliably learnt that crucial appointments to the post of General Manager and Zonal Managers of Indian Railways have been left to languish due to differing views between Railway Board and Department of Personnel and Training on recommendations of selection panel. It goes on without signs of an early solution.

Top sources indicate that (DOPT) twice returned the panel recommended by the Railway Board for appointment to GM level posts in Indian Railways.

Sources say, Ministry of Personnel sensed the possibility of intended advantages to be given to a particular service. And, thus, the DOPT expressed its displeasure by returning the panel.

Chairman Railways Board is reported to be trying to address DOPT’s concerns that relate to maintaining fairplay in appointments.

At present the posts of GM, Rail Wheel Factory (Bangalore) and GM, Southern Railway, are lying vacant. This is so since 1 April 2019. Moreover, GM posts in Eastern Railway (Kolkata), South East Central (Bilaspur) and Rail Coach Factory (Kapurthala) fell vacant on 1 May 2019 and await new appointments ever since.

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Thirteen officers may be appointed Additional Member, Railway Board

By IndianMandarins 09 May 2019

Indianmandarins has reliably learnt that NaMo administration may clear the appointments to over a dozen posts of Additional Member (AM) created recently under the cadre restructuring of Railway Board. If some well-placed sources are to be believed thirteen officers may find place on the list;

Ravindra Gupta (IRSME)- Additional Member, Project

N Madhusudan Rao (IRTS)- Additional Member, Safety

R K Vyas (IRSS)- Additional Member, Production

Sudhir Agrawal (IRSE)- Additional Member, Bridge

Naresh Saklecha (IRAS)- Additional Member, revenue

Sohanvir Singh (IRSE)- Additional Member, Land & Amenities

Devendra Kumar Sonkaria (IRSME)- Additional Member, Rolling Stock

A K Tiwari (IRSME)- Additional Member, Traffic Restoration and Crew Management

J K Saha (IRSME)- Additional Member, PU

Rakesh Kumar Jain (IRSSE)- Additional Member, Telecommunication

B M Srivastava (IRSSE)- Additional Member, Signal & Telecom

C M Jindal (IRAS)- Additional Member, Internal Audit

Sanjiv Mittal (IRSE)- Additional Member, Station Development

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Rly's cadre restructuring runs into troubles

By IndianMandarins 17 Apr 2019

Indian Railways' cadre restructuring exercise is said to have run into troubles because of its 'lop-sided' approach. Even as Group B officers feel the exercise may undermine their promotional avenues, the Promotee Officers Association (POA) is said to be on a warpath because of their apprehension that Group A is trying to abrogate Group B posts.

 

It is said under the current cadre restructuring exercise, additional posts in Group A level may be created to ensure faster promotion for officers selected through Union Public Service Commission (UPSC).

 

It is feared that this may ultimately jeopardize the chances of Group B officers. As per the plan, it is pointed out, the Board wants to cut back on Senior Scale posts, thereby surrendering 22 to 25 percent posts in that cadre. This may work to the disadvantage of Group B officers as the reduced number of posts may automatically create stagnation in their ranks.

 

Further, against the cutback of about 25% posts, Group A officers may increase their share at the Senior Administrative Grade (SAG) and in the Principal Head of the Department (PHoDs) posts, even though they are already getting non-functional upgradation in a time-bound manner.

 

It is said that since the posts of Divisional Engineers and Divisional Personnel Officers at Sr. Scale may come down, it may have a cascading impact on the future prospects of not only Group B officers but also officers below that category like Junior Engineer and  Assistant Engineers.

 

It is pointed out that officers belonging to Group B and below are already suffering stagnation in their career because they are stuck at one post of 12-15 years. The Department Promotion Committee (DPC) often meet six to seven years late and this is one of the main reasons for stagnation in the ranks of middle and junior level officers. So we have officers stagnating at mid-level for 12 to 15 years in one post due to delay in clearance from DPC.

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