Chairman of the Railway Board has made it clear to the ministry officials that ‘VIP culture’ must be stopped to bring about a substantial change in the system
NEW DELHI: The new boss of Indian Railways, Ashwani Lohani, has taken the unconventional route to discipline its workforce in order to improve functioning of the railway ministry. Lohani, the chairman of the Railway Board (CRB), has made it clear to the ministry officials that ‘VIP culture’ must be stopped to bring about a substantial change in the system. There will now be a strict prohibition on accepting gifts for all railway officers and they have also been told to give up unnecessary protocols.
Ashwani Lohani, Chairman, Railway Board (CRB), New Delhi stressed on according top priority to Safety on Indian Railways. He was addressing a high level performance review meeting of General Managers (GMs) of all the Zonal Railways including Production units on the aspect of Safety, Punctuality, Loading and Works in progress today i.e., 16th September, 2017 from Railway Board, New through video conference.
Interacting with the General Managers, Ashwani Lohani stated that Safety is the prime concern for Indian Railways in the changing times. He advised the General Managers and other senior officials to interact more with the field and monitor the implementation of rules formulated for the improvement of systems for ensuring safety. He emphasized on Cleanliness at the stations, trains and work places also. He instructed on focus to be given to elimination of Unmanned Level Crossings, provision of Gate Mitras, Construction of Limited Height Subways to eliminate Level Crossings as per the target fixed. He also stressed upon welfare of the workforce to achieve optimum productivity in train operations.
Further, he instructed to focus on the Cleanliness Drive being taken up Nationwide “Swachhta hi Sewa” which commenced on 15th September, 2017 and will continue upto 2nd October, 2017 which will be observed Swachh Bharat Diwas.
Vinod Kumar Yadav, General Manager, SCR appraised on the Safety Performance of the Zone. He stated that Zone is focusing on track maintenance and elimination of all the 268 UMLCs which are presently manned by Gate Mithras. He informed that the asset reliability on the Zone has been significantly improved and Cleanliness has been accorded top priority. The Zone has initiated several Staff Welfare measures to resolve grievances of the employees.
An Employees’ Charter has been prepared and being implemented at Headquarters and Divisions to facilitate employee needs. SCR bagged several awards and Green Co Certificates for Workshops and Service Buildings for green initiatives.
John Thomas, Additional General Manager; Shri K.V.Siva Prasad, Principal Chief Engineer; Shri Arjun Mundiya, Principal Chief Mechanical Engineer; Smt. Padmini Radhakrishnan, Principal Financial Advisor; Shri M.G.Sekharam, Principal Chief Commercial Manager; Shri Vinay Mohan Shrivastava, Principal Chief Signal & Telecommunications Engineer; Shri Vijay Agrawal, Chief Administrative Officer (Construction); Shri S.K.Agarwal, Chief Electrical General Engineer; Shri D.K.Singh, Chief Safety Officer; Shri P.K.Sangewar, Principal Chief Material Manager; Shri N.V. Ramana Reddy, Principal Chief Personnel Officer; Dr. K.H.K.Dora, Principal Chief Medical Director; Shri Sanjay Sankrityayan, Chief Security Commissioner were also present during the meeting.