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Tuesday, February 18, 2020

Avishek G Dastidar


Explained: How does India’s Railways’ corporate train model work?
Tue, Feb 18, 2020

Under this 'experiment', the Railways plans to lease out 100 routes to private players to run 150 trains.

PM flags off Kashi Mahakal Express, Railways big push on religious tourism this year
Mon, Feb 17, 2020

This Lord Shiva-themed train will be followed by a Ramayan-themed train to be launched next month from across India in a big way, marking Indian Railways’ major push in the religious tourism segment.

Railways cadre merger plan shot down by most panels
Wed, Feb 05, 2020

The government has decided that from 2021 UPSC will hold a separate exam for candidates of the Civil Services exam to join IRMS, like the Indian Forest Service does.

Budget 2020: 150 private trains on Indian Railways map; Tatas ‘interested’
Sun, Feb 02, 2020

The government is expecting an investment in rolling stock to the tune of at least Rs 22,500 crore, and Railways is hoping to earn through licence fee and haulage charges by leasing out 100 traffic-heavy routes to private players, who will operate 150 trains.

Railways facing ‘worst crisis ever’; FY20 books may see revenue deficit
Sat, Feb 01, 2020

The Budget, to be presented by Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Saturday, however, might not reflect this scenario yet, papering over what is being believed to be the worst financial crisis ever faced by the national transporter.

Railway merger: Serving officers may get option to remain in their cadres
Thu, Jan 30, 2020

Sources told The Indian Express that one of the options the Railways Ministry might propose to the Committee of Secretaries is to give serving officers an element of choice.

Railway officers: Cadre merger decision not unanimous, will create ‘conflict of interest’ 
Wed, Jan 15, 2020

A letter jointly written by the service associations of Indian Railway Traffic Service, Indian Railway Personnel Service and Indian Railway Accounts Service officers says that the move to merge the cadres will kill specialization in Railways

Protests against cadre merger: Railway traffic officers suggest division into two streams
Sat, Jan 11, 2020

In its petition, the association has suggested that the posts of zonal General Managers, Divisional Railway Managers (DRM) and Railway Board Members should be filled through a revised selection process and not just through seniority among various services.

Railways’ finance wing: Merging cadres will hurt ‘judicious spending of taxpayers’ money’
Thu, Jan 09, 2020

The proposed merger combines all cadres of Railways officers into a single Indian Railways Management Service (IRMS). Any eligible officer can occupy any post, irrespective of training and specialisation.

Railways likely to consider fare hike for suburban network
Wed, Jan 08, 2020

Sources said a possible marginal increase in the suburban network, scattered over various distance slabs, is on the discussion table, even though no timeline has been decided and the details are still being worked out.

Trouble over cadre merger move: Railways civil service probationers to seek re-allotment
Fri, Jan 03, 2020

A pan-railway Civil Services Officers’ Association is being revived to represent all three services — Traffic, Accounts and Personnel.

Explained: What Railways restructure means
Fri, Jan 03, 2020

The government has decided to trim the Railway Board, and merge service cadres. How were the Railways being run so far, and why was an overhaul felt necessary? And why has it upset civil servants in Railways?

Railway unions, officers’ body backed creation of single service in 2015
Thu, Jan 02, 2020

The civil servants of Railways have been on a protest against the government’s recent decision to merge all the eight technical and non-technical services into one Indian Railway Management Service.

Rail fare goes up, new rates effective from today
Wed, Jan 01, 2020

An additional 1 paisa per kilometer will be charged on ordinary non-AC trains and 2 paise per kilometer will be charged extra for Express Non-AC trains

Bibek Debroy: ‘Said two services only if you have two separate exams… that’s the caveat’
Mon, Dec 30, 2019

His report is being cited by the government and all stakeholders to argue both in favour of and against the recent controversial move to unify all eight Group A services into one Indian Railways Management Service.

Move to merge cadres: With postcards, petitions to PM, railway officers intensify stir
Sat, Dec 28, 2019

Thousands of postcards are being readied to be sent to Modi and Railway Minister Piyush Goyal, signed by civil servants and others from Railways, demanding two unified services — one technical and one non-technical — instead of one for civil servants.

Railway board chief hints at passenger fare hike
Fri, Dec 27, 2019

“We are going to rationalise both fare and freight. Freight rates are already very high so I don’t think we will be raising freight rates... in fact, we need to rationalise freight rates... to bring down logistics cost,” Railway Board chairman V K Yadav said.

Many doubts on dept merger move, Railway Board chief tries to allay fears
Fri, Dec 27, 2019

Those who expressed apprehension about the move to merge all eight Group A railway services — five technical and three non-technical — were mostly from the civil services working in zonal units.

Railway Board trimmed, cadres merged for ‘smooth operation’
Wed, Dec 25, 2019

Five-member Board with merged IRMS officers likely to be in by next year.

Mumbai’s CSMT station set for makeover
Tue, Dec 24, 2019

The idea, according to officials, is to take up the mammoth project in the next phase of India’s station modernisation plan.