The second meeting of ‘Kayakalp’, the Innovative Council of Indian Railways was held today i.e. on 25th August 2015 under the Chairmanship of Shri Ratan Tata, Chairman, Emeritus, Tata Sons
In the wake of the accident yesterday in Andhra Pradesh that claimed six lives, Tata Group Chairman Emeritus Ratan Tata today sought details of train accidents in the recent past to prevent such incidents, at the second meeting of Kaya Kalp Council. In the two-hour-long meeting held at Railway Board, Public Transporter was asked to prepare the accident data which would be taken up at the next meeting on September 11 at the next Kaya Kalp meeting.
According to a Kaya Kalp member, the Tata Group chairman Emeritus wanted to know whether level crossing gates are being equipped with hooter system to warn road users. The Council also viewed the comparison of performance of Indian Railways with that of other major railway systems of the world. In addition, the Council also took stock of how the Indian Railways have been addressing issues relating its social responsibility and employee benefits. It took a briefing about the way Railway finances are linked to Government of India finances. It also sought to understand subsidy element in Railway finances.
When told that some LC gates have the hooter system, he expressed a desire to have the complete data on accidents, including types of accident, casualties and other loss in the recent past and the steps being taken to curb such incidents, the member said.
Tata has also asked the two unions which are part of the council to come up with their suggestions on customer satisfaction and employees’ benefit at the next meeting.
Referring to the National Transport Policy prepared by the Planning Commission, Tata sought to know the railways’ plan for achieving the targets set in it.
Railways gave power-point presentations on aspects such as performance, social responsibility, customer satisfaction, employee benefits and adoption of modern technology in public transportation.
Data concerning railways of other countries like China, France, Germany and the UK, too, was presented in the meeting to fix a target for Indian Railways.
Kaya Kalp was set up to recommend innovative methods and processes for the improvement, betterment and transformation of the state-run rail network.
The meeting was also apprised of the huge cross-subsidy given to the passenger segment from freight earnings, the Kaya Kalp member said.
Minister of Railways Shri Suresh Prabhakar Prabhu had requested the Council to also address issues pertaining to safety, increase in efficiency through re-orientation of business processes and how to involve the public in finding solutions to some major problems being faced by Indian Railways. The council also looked at determining its course of action for achieving effective results within a reasonable time-frame.
Besides the Chairman, the meeting was attended by Members of the Council namely Ms. Ragini Yachuri, Executive Director (IR), Railway Board, Shri Shiv Gopal Mishra, General Secretary, All India Railwaymen’s Federation (AIRF), Shri M. Raghaviah, General Secretary, NFIR. Secretary of the Council Dr. Madhukar Sinha, Executive Director, Innovation, Railway Board was also present in the meeting. Besides two senior railway officials, general secretary of National Federation of Indian Railwaymen, M Raghavaiah, and general secretary of All-India Railwaymen’s Federation, Shiv Gopal Mishra, are members of the Kaya Kalp council.
Kayakalp would also be meeting more frequently in the future.