Kick-starting the process of serious
restructuring of rail bureaucracy, railway minister Piyush Goyal has announced
a slew of measures such as downsizing of the Railway Board, merging of
departments to ensure ideas translate faster into reality and delegation of powers
to field officers.
The process of identifying posts that can be
reduced in the Board and the powers that can be delegated to the field level is
already on. The Railways has decided to post around 90 officers stationed in
the Board and Zonal HQs, to Divisions which are real working units of Railways.
General Managers, Divisional Railway Managers
(DRMs) and field officials have been empowered through delegation of powers -
financial and administrative - to fast-track overall working. The post of
additional DRMs in all 68 divisions will be increased from one to two and from
two to three at some places to improve efficiency.
In two divisions in Mumbai, in Western and
Central Railways, ADRM posts will increase to four from two. One ADRM in each
of these divisions will exclusively deal with suburban services.
Divisions are the working unit as many feel these
need to be strengthened to improve train operations and other services. At
present, there are around 250 officers of the rank of Director and above and after
delegation of powers there is no need for them to be stationed at the Head
He said the transformation and mobility
departments were merged which resulted in the new Rajdhani between Delhi and
Mumbai being launched in record time recently .
Goyal said the PM and finance minister have given
full liberty to the Railway administration to utilise funds for safety.
"We'll also earn through station redevelopment and monetisation of
assets." He released a first-of-its-kind charter for rail employees
guaranteeing quick grievance redressal . The charter will be followed by a
similar document for passengers .