Ministry of Railways earmarks seats for Security Personnel of escorting teams in the trains Berth no.63 in S1 Coach of the train earmarked for Security Personnel

To help passenger to contact security personnel onboard a running train, Indian Railways has decided to earmark seats for security personnel of train escort team. In a recent circular issued from Ministry of Railways, provision of one side lower berth (berth no.63) in coach S1 has been earmarked in Sleeper Class coach in the entire train in which this security staff is travelling. If the train is being escorted by GRP, one berth will be earmarked for GRP and in case the train is escorted by RPF, one berth in Sleeper class will be earmarked for RPF. In case no RPF/GRP is escorting the train, no accommodation will be earmarked for them.

In case of any untoward incident or for any security related issues during journey, passengers may contact the security staff at the earmarked accommodation.
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New Policy Initiatives By Railways

A number of new policy initiatives by Railways have been introduced since last few years. The details of these initiatives are as under:-

FDI in Railways: The proposal has been cleared by Government for allowing 100 per cent FDI in Railway infrastructure, apart from operations, through automatic route.
·         High-speed bullet trains : Railways has announced a Bullet Train between Ahmedabad and Mumbai with MOU between Railways and Japan.

Policy initiatives for freight trains :-
Ø  Long term tariff contract (LTTC) with key freight customers at predetermined price escalation principals.

Ø   For the first time ever in Indian Railways, freight rates were reduced.

Ø  Port congestion charges dropped.

Ø   Busy season surcharge dropped.

Ø  Dual pricing policy of iron withdrawn.

Ø  Multi point loading introduced.

Ø  Siding policy liberalised .

Ø  Automatic freight rebate scheme in traditional empty flow direction introduced.

Ø  Time tabled freight services introduced.

Ø  Container sector opened up for more commodities.

Ø  Goods terminals opened up for handling containers.

Ø   Last mile connectivity through Roadrailers, Roll on Roll Offs Appointed Key Customer Managers to serve as single point of contact for all major freight customers.

Ø  Structured dialogue between Railways and Customers christened ‘Samvad’ started.

Ø  Electronic registration of Demand and Electronic transmission of Railway Receipts started.

Railway land leased out for horticulture and plantation of trees
Discharge free Railways – bio-toilets in all coaches.
SRESTHA - New R&D organisation to serve the future technology needs of Railways.
SUTRA World class data analytics, simulation softwares, network optimisation and decision support systems.
RAIL INVESTMENT AND PLANNING ORGANISATION - Develop and own the corporate medium term and long term plan, identify investment opportunities, standardize economic easements of projects and propose optimal modes of financing.
Following administrative reforms have been introduced to make the functioning of Railways delivery oriented:-

·            In October 2017, major administrative and financial powers delegated to General Managers, Divisional Railway Managers and Chief Workshop Managers for faster decision making and execution. Model Schedule of Powers issued from Railway Board for the 1st time for uniform delegations across zones (replacing 16 different Schedule of Powers of zones).

·            To support Divisional Railway Managers in efficient management of the Divisions and field working, it has been decided to post extra Additional Divisional Railway Managers; at least 2 in each Division.

·            To improve station management and customer service and bring more commercial orientation to the organization, Station Directors have been posted at a number of major stations.

·            Protocol during VIP and higher officers’ visit/inspections have been curtailed and kept at bare minimum.

·            Initiatives for employee grievance redressal :-

Ø  Employee charter for time-bound redressal of employee grievances has been constituted.

Ø  ‘NIVARAN’ - online grievance redressal machinery has been instituted.

·                                 Intensive recruitment drive to fulfill safety category vacancies.
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