The railways has sought from the public innovative ideas to increase passenger-carrying capacity of coaches, ensure easy accessibility to trains from low-level platforms and develop new digital capabilities at stations. It has announced cash rewards for best innovative ideas on various aspects, including new design of wagons for efficient loading and transportation of new commodities. A campaign has been launched by the railways seeking innovative ideas from all citizens/sections of the country to improve working of the public transporter, said a senior Railway Ministry official. Almost every citizen of the country has personal experience with the railways, thus it is hoped that they will participate in this campaign with full zeal and zest.
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In order to encourage people’s participation in the contest, the railways has offered total six prizes worth Rs 12 lakh. The railways has categorised five challenges that are aimed at promoting innovation in the country by focusing on specific problems being faced by the public transporter.
Railways Minister Suresh Prabhu had announced in his budget that a campaign would be launched in this regard. The official said that today’s generation is very innovative and technology savvy and the coming time will be completely digital. Thus, the railways can benefit a lot if innovative ideas are sought from all citizens and the chosen ones are implemented.
The campaign will be a kind of brainstorming for all. According to the railways, participation procedure, terms and conditions, eligibility, guidelines are available at website — https://innovate.mygov.in/. Last date for submitting online application is December 20.