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A leaner look: Railway board ‘rightsized’, again

“We will transfer 50 more people from the board,” an official in the know of the matter told ET. These officials will be moved to other divisions. “Around 200 senior officers will also be moved out from Northern Railways,” the official said. The downsizing is likely to happen across all 18 zones of the Indian Railways, the official said.

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Last Updated: Jan 17, 2020, 08.48 AM IST
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This is the second ‘rightsizing’ drive for the board.
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New Delhi: The Indian Railways is set to further downsize the Railway Board and move out 50 more senior officers, reducing the board strength to about 100, as it looks to fast-track the decision making process in the mammoth organisation and make it leaner.

“We will transfer 50 more people from the board,” an official in the know of the matter told ET. These officials will be moved to other divisions.

“Around 200 senior officers will also be moved out from Northern Railways,” the official said. The downsizing is likely to happen across all 18 zones of the Indian Railways, the official said.

The official said that this was being done to speed up the decision-making process in the organisation since projects were being delayed because of back and forth on files between multiple officials.

“We don’t want to have a big, fat board which delays decisions,” the official said.

This is the second ‘rightsizing’ drive for the board, which was envisaged as part of the Indian Railways’ 100 Days’ Agenda prepared in July 2019.
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The exercise comes at a time when the national transporter has received cabinet approval for merger of all cadres into one, ending departmentalism in the organisation, which was known to be a pain-point in efficient functioning of the railways.

On December 24, the cabinet led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi approved unification of the existing eight Group A services of the Railways into a Central Service called Indian Railway Management Service (IRMS).

“Railway Board will no longer be organised on departmental lines and replaced with a leaner structure organised on functional lines,” the government had said.
Last November, the Railway Board was downsized by 25% from 200 members.

The Union Budget for FY 19-20 presented in July last year pegged the investment requirement of the Indian Railways at Rs 50 lakh crore over a period of 12 years.

“The railways have an ambitious programme to modernise and provide the highest standards of safety, speed and services to the passengers,” the government had said while approving restructuring of the organisation.

“This requires speed and scale, and a unified, agile organisation to work single-mindedly on this task and capable of responding to challenges,” it added.


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