Dec 23, 2014

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One time relaxation in Rules for leave encashment during service - Permission for leave encashment to Railway Employees who have failed to avail leave encashment during the previous blocks RBE 141/2014.

Minimum educational qualification for open market recruitment to various posts on the Railways RBE 145/2014.

Revision of Training modules for Supervisors of Drawing/Design cadre of Electrical, Civil and S&T RBE 143/2014.


MACP Promotion order of commercial deptt

GOOD NEWS - Regarding Technical Scholarship to Group C & D. The limit of GP 4200 has been abolished by Railway Board.

MACP Benefits to following Commercial Staff (Booking Clerk Category)

Indian Railways’ Initiatives to Encourage Foreign Investors for Making Investment Under ‘Make In India’ Programme

The Ministry of Railways in November, 2014 have issued Sectoral Guidelines for permitting Domestic/Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) in construction, operation and maintenance in the following identified areas:- 

i) Suburban corridors through Public Private Partnership (PPP), ii) High Speed train projects, iii) Dedicated freight lines iv) Rolling stock including trains sets and locomotive/coaches manufacturing and maintenance facilities v) Railway electrification vi) Signalling system vii) Freight terminals viii) Passenger terminals ix) Testing facilities and laboratories x) Non-Conventional Sources of Energy xi) Railways Technical Training Institutes xii) Concessioning of standalone passenger corridors (branch lines, hill railways etc.) xiii) Mechanized laundry, xiv) Rolling stock procurement, xv) Bio-toilets, xvi) Technological solution for manned and unmanned level crossings, xvii) Technological solutions to improve Safety and reduce accidents. 

Guidelines for Railway Coolies

Zonal Railways of Indian Railways have been authorized to fix the porterage charges and revise the same every alternate year. These rates are displayed at prominent places at railway stations. To curb the incidence of overcharging by the licensed porters, special drives are launched from time to time and deterrent action is taken against erring licensed porters. 

This information was given by the Minister of State for Railways Shri Manoj Sinha in written reply to a question in Lok Sabha


Measures Taken to Strngthen Security on Railways

On vulnerable and identified routes/sections on Indian Railways, 1300 trains on an average are escorted by Railway Protection Force (RPF) daily, in addition to 2200 trains escorted by Government Railway Police of different States daily. Recruitment of 511 Sub-Inspectors and 17087 Constables of RPF has been completed recently. Out of these, 421 Sub-Inspectors have been deployed over zonal railways and initial training of 16388 Constables has been started in November, 2014. 

This information was given by the Minister of State for Railways Shri Manoj Sinha in written reply to a question in Lok Sabha


Indian Railways Run 1158 Superfast Trains

The number of Superfast trains, Shatabdi Express, Rajdhani Express and Duronto Express presently running on Indian Railways is as under:
Type of trains
Number of trains
 (in singles)
Superfast Express Trains (including Shatabdi Express, Rajdhani Express, Duronto Express, Janshatabdi Express, etc.)
Shatabdi Express
Rajdhani Express
Duronto Express

            Speeding up of trains is a constant endeavor and continuous process on Indian Railways and is dependent on constant optimization of the investments made by Railways in modernization of technology, high powered locos, modern coaches and better track. Moreover, Linke Hofmann Busch (LHB) Air Conditioned coaches running in service are already fit for 160 Kilometer per hour speed potential.

Railways Vacant Land to be Utilized for Commercial Development Through RLDA

Railways conduct the audit of its land every year by way of verifying land records. As on 31st March 2014, the total land available with the Railways is 458589 hectare out of which 412180 hectare is utilized for Railways’ operational purposes and allied usages, leaving 46409 hectare as vacant land. The vacant Railway land is mostly in the form of narrow strips along tracks, which is required for servicing and maintenance of track, bridges and other infrastructure. The vacant railway land is also utilized for execution of various infrastructural projects for meeting future growth needs of Railways and includes projects like doubling/tripling and traffic facilities works, etc. The vacant land which is not required by Railways for its immediate operational needs, is utilized for commercial development through Rail Land Development Authority wherever feasible, in order to mobilize additional financial resources. 

Railways Constitutes Task force for Leveraging of Idle Space on Railways to Generate Additional Revenue

The Indian Railways have a lot of idle space in coaches, wagons, trains, railway stations, consumable items, utensils, beddings etc, which could be used for advertising, publicity and other purpose to generate additional revenues. Under the directions of the Minister of Railways Shri Suresh Prabhakar Prabhu, a Task Force has been constituted to deliberate on this issue and submit a detailed report suggesting broad policy and operational framework and other relevant issues having a bearing in this matter. 

Railway Minister Directs for Formulation of Integrated Policy on Cleanliness

The Minister of Railways, Shri Suresh Prabhu has issued directions for formulation of Integrated Policy on Cleanliness at the station, platforms and coaches. This policy will ensure better and effective coordination among number of departments involved for providing cleanliness. The sense of responsibility and accountability will also be clearly defined.





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