Dec 3, 2016

EXTENSION OF AC WEEKLY SPECIAL TRAINS BETWEEN PUNE & HAZRAT NIZAMUDDIN

Central Railway will extend the run of Air-conditioned weekly special trains between Pune and Hazrat Nizamuddin upto 12.1.2017 to clear the extra rush of passengers during winter season. The details of extended trips are as under: 

04417 AC weekly special will leave Pune at 0515 hrs o­n every Thursday from 8.12.2016 to 12.1.2017 (6 trips) and arrive Hazrat Nizamuddin at 0535 hrs next day.

INTEGRATED BLOCK o­n TRANS-HARBOUR o­n 4.12.2016

Central Railway will operate an Integrated Block o­n Trans-Harbour line o­n Sunday 04.12.2016 from 11.30 am to 2.00 pm as under:

UP & DOWN LINE BETWEEN THANE AND NERUL/VASHI FROM 11.30 AM TO 2.00 PM

Up & Dn Trans Harbour line services will remain suspended between Thane and Vashi / Nerul station from 11.30 am to 2.00 pm. Hence, no servies will be availabe at Airoli, Rabale, Ghansoli, Koparkhairane and Turbhe Stations. 

A train mishap is waiting at every corner: What ails the Indian Railways


Rescuers search for survivors after 14 coaches of the Indore-Patna passenger train rolled off the track near Pukhrayan village Kanpur Dehat district, UP. (AP File Photo)

“Rail safety” is a curiously defined term in India.

A common theory heard from rail managers: In terms of accidents, the record of the Indian Railways stands at 0.20 accidents per million train kilometers. This, they say, is better than that of several European nations including Sweden, Belgium, Austria and Finland.

What is left unspoken – or deliberately concealed – is that the railways also have the dubious distinction of having remained at the top of the heap in the numbers of passenger fatalities.

The facts are worrying. The railways have accounted for approximately three times the combined number of people killed in train accidents in Canada, United Kingdom, Germany and Japan in the last decade.

Against 854 train-related fatalities -- including level crossing accidents -- reported from these countries in the 13-year period from 2002-03 to 2015-16, an estimated 3,029 passengers were reported killed in India in a ten-year period from 1999 to 2009, official documents show.

Flawed approach

The Indian Railways takes pride in its staggering numbers: 7,083 stations, 1,31,205 bridges, 9,000 locomotives, 51,030 passenger coaches, 2,19,931 freight cars and 63,974 route kilometres – operating 19,000 trains each day and transporting 2.65 million tons of freight and 23 million passengers.

What is implicit in these numbers railway officials reel out is that, given its high volumes accidents will happen. Accidents involving five or more deaths in the European Union (EU) are categorised as “catastrophic accidents”. By these parameters, a catastrophe has been happening on Indian tracks every now and then.

“A work culture that promotes passenger safety just does not exist in India,” rail expert Raghu Dayal said.

Why accidents happen

Train accidents – or fatalities – have been happening because of a combination of factors including laggardness at technological upgrade needs; the legacy issues that have caused huge capacity constraints on the network and, most of all, because of the failure of successive governments to initiate policy reforms that can enable passenger safety concerns to become a central component of rail operations.
TRACKING RAILWAY SAFETY
Reports by rail safety committees gathering dust
  • 1954 Justice Shahnawaz Committee suggested policy reforms to ensure centrality of safety in operations. STATUS: Not implemented
  • 1962 Justice Kunzru committee recommended separation of cadres of diesel and electric loco pilots. STATUS: Not implemented
  • 1968 Justice Wanchoo committee also suggested separation of cadres of diesel and electric loco pilots. STATUS: Not implemented
  • 1978 Justice Sikri committee recommended infusion of funds to ensure safety. STATUS: The suggestions of the panel were not implemented
  • 1998 Justice HR Khanna committee STATUS: 169 of 278 suggestions accepted, 70 partially accepted. Key suggestion for safety regulator not accepted
  • 2001 Justice Sagir Ahmed panel set up to look into Howrah-Amritsar Mail accident STATUS: Still under consideration
  • 2004 Justice GC Garg panel set up to look into Golden Temple Mail and Sealdah Express accident STATUS: Still under consideration
  • 2012 Safety review committee headed by Anil Kakodkar STATUS: 68 of 106 recommendations accepted, 19 partially accepted, 19 rejected. Only 27 suggestions implemented.


Structured in the manner that it is today, the Chairman Railway Board (CRB) is required to fulfil dual roles as a principal secretary to the central government and as the chief executive officer of a business organisation. The office of the chief commissioner of railway safety (CCRS) – which functions under the civil aviation ministry – draws perks, allowances and benefits from the railways ministry, while its reports/recommendations are liable to be – and have often been - rejected or over-ruled by the railway board. The amended Railway Act of 1989 insulates grade-A or class-1 officers from accountability in train accidents, as only grade-C employees have been empowered to provide safety certification of tracks and coaches. This has led to situation when grade-C employees are compelled by superiors into compromising on routine safety drills because of pressure to achieve the organisation’s business objectives. Invariably, grade-C employees are the ones held accountable for – and punished – for mishaps.

“Safety preparedness is also compromised because a large percentage of assistant loco pilots have been continuously placed on stationary duties as bungalow peons or computer operators,” said Sanjay Pandhi of the Indian Railways Loco Running Men Organisation (IRLRO).

Capacity constraints

India’s railway tracks are hugely congested. Four hundred and ninety two of the 1219 ‘high density sections” of the railways – or 40% of sections – are today running 100% or above its line capacity, says a railways white paper of 2015. On the Mughal Sarai-Ghaziabad section, the busiest in the country, there is a train leaving an originating section every two minute. Approximately, 3000 railway bridges are more than 100 years old and 32 of these are classified as “distressed bridges”, but are still in operation.

The old Yamuna bridge at Delhi was declared “unsafe” about a decade ago but trains are still being run on it at slow speeds. Tracks near the Shahadara station in the capital were similarly declared unserviceable several years ago, but the “leisure” of blocking the section for complete repair work has just not existed. There have been complaints that the Gaya-bound ‘Mahabodhi Express’ has developed skid marks on its engine wheels and needs repair, but the problem has not been attended to in last several months. Ultrasonic track flaw detection machines have not been sufficiently procured, while the quality of steel supplied to lay tracks or build coaches is not scientifically examined

“The time available to carry out maintenance work has progressively shortened. There is a mishap waiting to happen at every corner,” former Railway Board member RR Jaruhar warned.
Source - Hindustan Times

Indian Railways to go cashless in six months



Picture for representational purposes

New Delhi: The railways have prepared a vision document and are likely to tie up with all banks to give an option of hassle-free payment gateway to passengers, freight operators and all other stakeholders.

“Already we have been offering cashless ticketing options through the IRCTC website. More than 58 per cent of the train accommodation is presently reserved through e-ticketing. Since the remaining load is not too much, railways going cashless is viable,” said a railway officer.

Dec 2, 2016

Clarification on Gold Jewellery and Ornaments – No Limit on holding of Gold Jewellery or Ornaments

Clarification on Gold Jewellery and Ornaments – No Limit on holding of Gold Jewellery or Ornaments

RBE No. 135/2016 – Recommendations of the High Power Committee to review the duty hours of running staff – Decisions thereof on Breach of Rest Allowance.

RBE No. 135/2016 – Recommendations of the High Power Committee to review the duty hours of running staff – Decisions thereof on Breach of Rest Allowance.

7वां वेतन आयोग : अलाउंसेस को लेकर वित्त राज्यमंत्री मेघवाल ने दिया यह बयान, बातचीत लगभग पूरी

7वां वेतन आयोग : अलाउंसेस को लेकर वित्त राज्यमंत्री मेघवाल ने दिया यह बयान, बातचीत लगभग पूरी

COMPETITION FOR NEW IDEAS FOR THE BETTERMENT OF INDIAN RAILWAYS


In the Budget Speech 2016, Hon'ble Minister of Railways, Shri Suresh Prabhu had announced setting up of 'Innovation grants to employees, start-ups and small businesses'. Under this initiative, Indian Railways are seeking out solutions to its most critical problems through annual Innovation Challenges.

EXTENSION OF AC WEEKLY SPECIAL TRAINS BETWEEN PUNE & HAZRAT NIZAMUDDIN

EXTENSION OF AC WEEKLY SPECIAL TRAINS
BETWEEN PUNE & HAZRAT NIZAMUDDIN

Central Railway will extend the run of Air-conditioned weekly special trains between Pune and Hazrat Nizamuddin upto 12.1.2017 to clear the extra rush of passengers during winter season. The details of extended trips are as under: 


04417 AC weekly special will leave Pune at 0515 hrs o­n every Thursday from 8.12.2016 to 12.1.2017 (6 trips) and arrive Hazrat Nizamuddin at 0535 hrs next day.

Nov 28, 2016

Meager financial Benefit of 14% in 7th CPC – Parliament Q & A

Meager financial Benefit of 14% in 7th CPC – Parliament Q & A

Grant of Advance for Cancer treatment in Private Nursing Home under CGHS / CS (MA) Rules

Grant of Advance for Cancer treatment in Private Nursing Home under CGHS / CS (MA) Rules

Meager financial Benefit of 14% in 7th CPC - Parliament Q & A

GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF FINANCE
LOK SABHA
UNSTARRED QUESTION NO: 1755
ANSWERED ON: 25.11.2016

Meager Benefits of 7th CPC

PINAKI MISRA
Will the Minister of

FINANCE be pleased to state:-

(a) whether the Government employees got only a meager financial benefit of 14 per cent or less after implementation of 7th CPC;

(b) if so, the details of percentage of salary they got before and after implementation of Seventh CPC and the reasons for such meager hike in their salaries; and

(c) whether the benefit given in the 7th CPC is one of the lowest in all time ever since the Government had been implementing the recommendations of CPC and if so, the details thereof?

ANSWER
MINISTER OF STATE IN THE MINISTRY OF FINANCE
(SHRI ARJUN RAM MEGHWAL)

(a) to (c): All Government employees have got a financial benefit of at least 14.29 per cent by way of revision of salary after implementation of Seventh Central Pay Commission (7th CPC). The increase in pay as recommended by the 7th CPC is based on the detailed deliberations by the Commission keeping in view all relevant factors having a bearing upon the prevailing circumstances, which has been accepted by the Government.

Authority: www.loksabha.nic.in

Grant of Advance for Cancer treatment in Private Nursing Home under CGHS / CS (MA) Rules

REF: BPMS / MH&FW / Advance / 156 (8/1/L) 
Dated: 25.11.2016
To,
The Secretary,
Govt. of India, Min. of Health & Family Welfare,
156 - A, Nirman Bhawan,
New Delhi 110001.

Subject: Grant of Advance for Cancer treatment in Non-Empanelled Private Hospitals / Private Nursing Home under CGHS / CS (MA) Rules.

Respected Sir,
Considering the hardships being faced by cancer patient, vide O.M. No.1967/2013/DEL/CGHS/SZ/D52/CGHS(P) , Dated 30.12.2014 Department of Health & Family Welfare, CGHS (Policy) Division delegated the powers to HOD’s for permission / ex-post facto approval for cancer treatment taken in non-empanelled hospitals subject to reimbursement being restricted to CGHS rates or actual expenditure, whichever is less.

 

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