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Sreedharan set to return to Railways

Will chalk out procedure to ensure accountability.

Written by Avishek G Dastidar | New Delhi | Published: November 14, 2014 1:07 am
Sreedharan has been asked to give an interim report in two weeks and then a final report within a period not exceeding three months. Sreedharan has been asked to give an interim report in two weeks and then a final report within a period not exceeding three months.

E Sreedharan — popular as the ‘Metro man’ — is set to make a comeback to his erstwhile parent organisation, Indian Railways. Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu has named Sreedharan as the head of a “one-man committee” to chalk out for the national transporter a proper system and procedure to ensure accountability and transparency.

The order for the 82-year old Sreedharan was issued by Rail Bhawan on Thursday. In his individual capacity, Sreedharan is free to co-opt anyone he chooses to work out strategies/procedures for General Managers and other functionaries for taking all commercial decisions, including that of tendering.

This comes right after Prabhu made it categorically clear to the Railway Board that files for tendering and procurement should not come to the minister at all. One of the terms of reference for the Sreedharan “committee” is to help Railways put in place a system that enables delegation of such responsibilities to GMs.

Sreedharan has been asked to give an interim report in two weeks and then a final report within a period not exceeding three months. The committee has also been empowered to recommend a professional organisation to be engage, if necessary, to achieve this goal.

“The committee would suggest the system and procedure and a manual of instruction to be followed to implement the above. The Management Information System to be used for proper and time-bound disposal of the cases,” the order says.

Sreedharan’s last assignment with Railways was as one of the members of the High-Level Safety Review Committee headed by Anil Kakodkar in 2012. As the first Managing Director, he is best known for building the Delhi Metro and running it as an efficient transport system. He was awarded the Padma Shri in 2001, and the Padma Vibhushan in 2008.

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    Anil Sabaji
    Nov 14, 2014 at 2:26 am
    Welcome back Mr. Sreedharan. We hope you would use Modi's Broom to clean up clutters in Indian Railway system.
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      Harish
      Nov 14, 2014 at 1:01 pm
      Best choice of Suresh Prabhu....He would definitely bring Railways on the right track
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        Babumoshai
        Nov 14, 2014 at 5:17 am
        I hope Mr. Sreedharan will use this opportunity mentor some good people who can in turn take up such responsibiities in future,
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          Mathew Mark
          Nov 14, 2014 at 5:04 am
          Good to include person like Mr. Sreedharan, Mumbai needs urgently the metro for central and western suburbs connecting CST-Thane first and extend further upto Karjajt and for western Churchgate-Borivali to reduce the rush during the peak hours.
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            Nisha Shah
            Nov 14, 2014 at 6:03 am
            Right people in right places at the right timeThat is Modi magic
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