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Scheme of General Departmental Competitive Examination (GDCE) for filling up of 25%-50%

R.B. Estt No. 60/2015
GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF RAILWAYS
(RAILWAY BOARD)
NO.E(NG)I-2008/PM1/6
New Delhi, dated 10.06.2015
1. The General Managers (P)
All Indian Railways & PUs.
(As per Standard List).
2. The Chairman,
(a) Railway Recruitment Boards;
(b) Railway Recruitment Cells.
Sub: Scheme of General Departmental Competitive Examination (GDCE) for filling up of 25%-50% of net direct recruitment quota vacancies in Group ‘C’ categories – Partial shift in the duty of agency conducting GDCE regarding.
Ref: (i) Railway Board’s letter No.E(NG)I-92/PM2/16 dated 20.08.1993.
(ii) Railway Board’s letter No.E(NG)I-2011/PM1/2 dated 12.09.2014.
(iii) Railway Board’s letter of even number dated 20.10.2014 & 14.11.2014
Effecting partial modification in the existing provisions governing GDCE, instructions have been issued vide Board’s letters of even number dated 20.10.2014 and 14.11.2014, referred to above. Since other conditions of GDCE remained same, GDCE examination, hitherto, is used to be conducted in two stages as have been conducted by RRBs prior to revision in instructions.
2. The issue of stages of examination has since been considered by Board and it has been decided that GDCE, for all posts, may be conducted in single stage only in view of small number of Railway employees appearing against the same.
Please acknowledge receipt.
Hindi version shall follow.
(Kajal Mukherjee)
Joint Director Estt. (N)III
Railway Board.
source - govemployee 

IRCTC examining the Proposal to make Aadhaar mandatory for Users’ Registration

New Delhi: The Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC) is planning to make Aadhaar card mandatory for its user registration process for e-ticketing. This will ensure that users registering on the IRCTC web site are properly identified of their identity and address through the Aadhaar card number verification.

In a related move, IRCTC has decided to ramp up its e-ticketing operations by hiring the services of Standardisation Testing and Quality Certification (STQC) for conducting the Security Audit of its Next Generation E-Ticketing System. As part of this, STQC will conduct the web application security and vulnerability assessment of servers and devices that are part of its e-ticketing operations on the hosted servers of www.irctc.co.in. The STQC Directorate is an attached office of the Department of Electronics and Information Technology, Government of India.

IRCTC to deploy HP Itanium Servers to Speed up Next Generation e-Ticketing System

New Delhi: Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC) will deploy five new HP Itanium servers to speed up e-ticketing operations.

IRCTC has already imported five new servers from Singapore that will change the way passengers book rail tickets on its digital platform.

On June 1, IRCTC installed two Linux-enabled servers, substantially increasing the booking capacity of e-tickets. Indian rail passengers benefited during tatkal reservation thanks to the installation of Linux-enabled servers that have doubled peak-time efficiency for booking tatkal tickets in the morning hours.

Railways have tied up funds for the next 2 years for ambitious Rail Reforms & Modernisation Program: Suresh Prabhu

New Delhi: Indian Railways has tied up funds for the next two years for its ambitious Railway reforms and modernisation programme. Union minister for Railways Suresh Prabhu conveyed to institutional investors that the government would be spending Rs.8.50 lakh crore ($125 billion) over the next five years to modernise Indian Railways.

Prabhu said: “We have already received a 30-year loan from LIC with a moratorium of five years. Pension funds too are more than willing to fund us and, frankly, we are spoilt for choice. Funding is not an issue for the next two-three years time.”

He said the rail network was the backbone of the integrated market that would be created after the introduction of the goods and services tax.

RailTel to expand WiFi Services at all the Railway Stations across India through RailWire

New Delhi: Free Internet usage sounds great if you are traveling across country via trains. RailWire brand which is already providing its broadband services is now all get set to provide its wifi services across country’s rail platforms very soon. Although public is already started availing its services in New Delhi as well as Banglore railway stations, public can use free wifi for initial half an hour while they step into platform after registering themselves and after that they have to buy token to avail further services.

India at very fast pace moving towards making itself digitally sound. Concept initiated by PM Modi has boomed techno industry and created its importance across various verticals at large scale. Recently, Railtel Corporation has also signed MOU with metro services to provide its WiFi services which would be implemented in 6 months and travelers would be able to avail quality internet speed.

It has positioned itself to realize the vision to connect people while keeping securable services in mind and ensured to leverage their telecom infrastructure to enable all citizens and businesses, both in rural & urban areas, to participate in the internet & web economy. Wifi services will be delivered to villages, panchayats, homes, SMB’s, tourist places, tier2 and tier3 cities, educational, healthcare and entertainment verticals very soon.

The authorities stated, “Security is one of the important things we need to watch at very step and hence we are making sure that wifi services will provided to registered IP address only to make data usage safe for users.” Also, organization has collaborated with market players such as cable operators, SCOs to reach masses.

As per government of India’s stated aim, RailWire is all set to contribute to goals such as to provide affordable & reliable wifi-on- demand broadband-on-demand by the year 2015, to provide high speed & high quality broadband access by 2020 to all village-panchayats, villages & habitations, enable e-governance in key sectors like Health, Education, Skill Development, Employment, Governance and Banking to ensure equitable & inclusive growth.

Currently RailWire has been set up int the cities/towns covering length and breadth of the country i.e. Secunderabad, Agra, Mysore, Dindigul, Bangalore, Hospet, Varanasi, Gurgaon, Kolkata, Chennai, Patna, Ambala, Lucknow, Meerut, Allahabad, Sahibzada Ajit Singh Nagar, New Delhi, Bhubaneswar, Visakhapatnam, Kakkanad, Guwahati, Belgaum, Tirupati, Bangalore Urban, Satna, Kanpur, Ernakulam, Shoranur, Chandigarh, Hubli, Ludhiana, Noida, Jaipur, Ahmedabad, Thiruvananthapuram, Indore, Ranchi and Mumbai. RailTel is planning to spread RailWire’s reach to every village and panchayat in the vicinity of Railway areas shortly.

Skill Development & Entrepreneurship Ministry to exploit RailTel’s 43000 Kms OFC Network to enhance Youth Skills

Rajiv Pratap also said that his team from the Ministry are also about to discuss with Microsoft, Google, IBM, Cisco, Apple, Adobe, Facebook and Linkedin for various Information Technology related Skill Development and Certifications for the rural youth across the country

New Delhi: Union Minister of State for Skill Development and Entrepreneurship (Independent Charge) Mr.Rajiv Pratap Rudy today revealed that a “Big Agreement” with the Ministry of Railways to utilise the 43,000 Rkms-long Optical Fiber Communication network of RailTel Corporation of India Ltd (a Telecom Public Sector Enterprise under Ministry of Railways) was in the offing to train the country’s youth in computer, internet and various other technical related skills.

Pipavav Port shut as Railway track washed away

Pipavav: Cargo handling at Pipavav port in Gujarat’s Amreli district has come to a standstill after large portion of the main railway line connecting the port to northern India was washed away in the Wednesday’s flash floods.

All the operations at the port run by the Danish APM Terminals have been halted and railway officials said that it will take at least three weeks for the railway track to be repaired.

Thousands of containers, majority of them, bound for northern states, have piled up at the port.

A four-km long portion of the broad-gauge line between Dhola and Pipavav was washed away in the flood. The port is connected to northern India by a 269-km Surendranagar-Pipavav broad-gauge line, which also runs double-stack container trains. A major portion of it passes through Amreli which was devastated by the floods.

Railway Minister calls for nation-wide Safety Check of Signaling Systems

New Delhi: Union Minister of Railways Mr.Suresh Prabhu called for a nation-wide safety check on the signaling system that had caused fire at Kurla back in 2008, leaving trains suspended for 48 hours. The check comes after the same system caught fire on June 17 at Itarsi in Madhya Pradesh due to which almost 100 outstation trains have been cancelled to and from Mumbai.

The signal system called as Route Relaying Interlocking (RRI) caught fire at Itarsi, Madhay Pradesh.

Speaking at a function at Bandra railway station, Mr Prabhu responded to a question asked by a reporters as to what is being done to ensure that the RRI system, which has been under severe criticism from within and outside the railways.

Crater between tracks derails Central Railway services in Mumbai


A deep crater was formed in between two tracks on the Kalyan-Ambernath section in the wee hours due to heavy rains. Railway staffers filled the ballast to carry out settlement of tracks at the spot. The Up line services were restored gradually after 8 am while the work on Down services continued for some time

Mumbai: A deep crater was formed in between two railway tracks on the Kalyan-Ambernath section in the wee hours due to heavy rains which resulted in trains running late on the Central Railway early Friday morning and inconvenienced scores of office-goers, specially from far flung suburbs. It not only affected suburban services but also long distance trains to Pune, Bengaluru — which had to take a long detour via Diva and Panvel to reach Karjat.

Railway Claims Tribunal/Ahmedabad imposes fine on Western Railway for Indifferent Attitude and prolonged Delays

Ahmedabad (ADI): In a landmark judgment that will ensure that the railway ministry does not take the Railway Claims Tribunal (RCT) lightly, the RCT Ahmedabad has imposed an exemplary fine on Western Railway officials for what it called ‘indifferent attitude’ towards the functioning of the tribunal.

The RCT awards compensation to victims of train accidents, and hurdles in its functioning severely inconvenience thousands of families who lose their loved ones in such accidents.

The RCT Ahmedabad, in the judgment pronounced on Thursday, has ordered WR officials to pay a fine of Rs.100 per day for every case at the tribunal where arguments have got over but no judgment could be given because of lack of support staff — typists and stenographers. The support staff for all RCTs have to be provided by the railways and, in case of RCT Ahmedabad, by the WR.

Chennai Metro Rail may be flagged off in next few days

Chennai (MAS): Chennai Metro Rail is all set to commence operations in the next few days. Officials are hopeful this will increase usage of public transportation ‘substantially’ and will reduce the commuters time.

Last week Parliamentary Affairs and Union Minister of Urban Development Venkaiah Naidu told reporters in Chennai that first phase of project is ready and that once the electoral code of conduct is over, it will be inaugurated. He was referring to R K Puramby-election, in which Tamil Nadu J Jayalalithaa is contesting, which is scheduled for June 27.

According to earlier reports, initial plans were that the first stretch of 10 kilometres will be opened by December, 2013, which was delayed due to various reasons.

 

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