Joshi has his task cut out: Reforms in scam-hit railways

IMPORTANT POSTS LIKE ADDITIONAL MEMBER (VIGILANCE) HAVE ALSO BEEN DOWNGRADED IN PAST YEARS

NEW DELHI: The new railways minister CP Joshi’s first task would be to set the house in order by undertaking organisational reforms.

Road, transport and highways minister CP Joshi, who assumed additional charge of the Railways portfolio after the unceremonious exit of Pawan Kumar Bansal on May 11, is being tipped to take charge as the full-time Railways Minister.

Over the next few days, heads of various railway directorates are scheduled to make presentations before the new Railways Minister.

On Wednesday, Joshi convened a meeting with Chairman Railway Board (CRB) Vinay Mittal and Member Mechanical (MM) Arunendra Kumar; followed by a more elaborate meeting with MM on Thursday.

Taking procedural and administrative measures to reduce political interference and prevent possibilities of bribery in promotions and postings will be the biggest challenge for the new Railways Minister.

In past years, the Railways have flagrantly violated DoPT guidelines for crucial posts. For example, all of the last five secretaries of the railways board did not fulfill the criteria for elevation to the post at the time of their appointment.

Other important posts such as additional member (Vigilance) have also been downgraded in past years, and officers not eligible for the post have been appointed.

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