Ministry postpones foreign tours of top Railway Board officials, including the CRB

New Delhi: Railway Ministry has postponed the foreign tours of top officials, including the railway board chairman, who were scheduled to leave for a trip to China and Japan on Friday.

TOI had reported on Friday that top railway officials were heading towards foreign destinations at a time the national transporter has chalked out a detailed 15-day programme to be kicked off on May 26 to celebrate the Modi government’s first anniversary.

A high-level delegation, including Railway Board Chairman A.K.Mittal, Member (Electrical) Navin Tandon and Financial Commissioner Rajalakshmi Ravikumar was scheduled to leave on Friday and come back on May 31. However, Pradeep Kumar, Member (Staff), left on Thursday.

Four out of the seven members on the railway board being abroad surprised many within the organization as it came at a time when the transporter was gearing up to celebrate the government’s anniversary in a big way by reaching out to passengers.

However, a railway official said the visit was a scheduled engagement and arrangements had been put in place. He said additional member Mohd Jamshed was in-charge of the drive and was coordinating the mega plan.

The state-run transporter has planned a ‘customer felicitation fortnight’ from May 26 to June 6 in which all senior officials are supposed to visit stations and meet passengers and get feedback.

An official said this was an initiative of railway minister Suresh Prabhu, who is trying to revamp the cash-strapped railways by managing finances, infusing transparency and understanding issues faced by rail commuters.

All zonal General Managers and Divisional Railway Managers have been asked to conduct elaborate programmes including cleanliness and security drives. All general managers of zonal railways and divisional railway managers have been asked to actively participate in the drive to create awareness about Railways’ various achievements during the year.

Senior railway board officials have been directed to visit stations and travel in trains to get a feel of ground realities and problems faced by passengers. Apart from this, zonal railways have been directed to organize health camps, yoga sessions for employees and the public in remote areas of the country.  Officers will identify and launch 100 new projects, check tickets and will travel in trains.  Officers visiting stations are also to submit inspection report with their remarks on the progress made by the Railways.

The fortnight will also witness the launch of the new Indian Railways logo as a branding exercise. Roadshows, health camps, yoga classes are also to be organised during this period.