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74th Republic Day function celebrated at North Central Railway HQ

74th  Republic Day function celebrated at North Central Railway HQ
On 26th January 2023, the Nation's 74th Republic Day was celebrated with grandeur, gaiety, fervor and enthusiasm o­n North Central Railway Headquarter Office, Prayagraj. The program started with flag being unfurled by General Manager Shri Satish Kumar. o­n this occasion, General Manager inspected the parade of Railway Protection Force, Bharat Scout and Guides and St. John Ambulance Brigade. General Manager also awarded 23 Railway personnel for their outstanding performance. 
Awardees included Mrs. Sunita Singh, Chief Reservation Supervisor, Ms. Shikha, Lady Constable, Sh. Vikramjit Patel, Chief Controller, Sh. Jitendra Kumar, SSE, Sh. Manish Kumar, SSE/Jhansi, Sh. Bipin Bihari, Junior Engineer Signal, Sh. Shubham Kumar Junior Engineer/Diesel Mechanical, Sh. Virendra Singh Yadav , Station Superintendent, Sh. Suleman Khan, Sr. Technician, Sh. Pratigya Prakash, Keyman, Sh. Anuj Patel, Trackman-IV/Lalitpur, Sh. Umashankar, Trackman-III/Chitrakoot, Sh. Rohit Kumar, Track Maintainer IV/Gwalior, Sh. Jagat Ram Rajput, Loco Pilot Passenger/Banda, Sh. Abhishek John, Electrical Signal Maintainer, Sh. Rajendra Singh, Trackman-III/ Mathura, Sh. Harphool Meena, Assistant Loco Pilot, Sh. Vinesh Kumar Meena, Technician III, Sh. Ravi Kumar, Assistant (Traction Distribution), Sh. Sumit Kumar Singh, Work Manager, Sh. Hemant Choubey, Technician I, Sh. Anil Dinkar, Senior Technician, Sh. Sumant Kumar, Senior Technician/Aligarh
General Manager Shri Satish Kumar released the tricolor balloons with banner of Republic day. During the function, the General Manager gave heartfelt greetings to all the employees of North Central Railway and their families o­n the auspicious occasion of the 74th   Republic Day of our great nation.
General Manager’s message & program o­n 74th republic Day was also web-casted o­nline utilizing YouTube link Award function was followed by Colorful cultural program which included 

The award ceremony was followed by a colorful cultural programme. Desh bhakti song “Hai Preet Jahan Ki Reet Sada” by Mr. Ranjit Gupta, Sandeep Kumar, Ramashankar Yadav, Akash Kumar, group Dances by Scouts & Guides under the direction of Ms. Manju Joshi and by the children of Tenderfeet under the direction of Mrs. Chanchal Gupta, enthralled the audience. 

General Manager's message to Railway men and women o­n auspicious occasion of 74th Republic Day function is as follows.
On the auspicious occasion of 74th Republic day of our beloved country, I extend my best wishes to all members of railway fraternity and families o­n the North Central Railway. Let us also recall with gratitude role of our forefathers in creating a vibrant and vast democratic republic which has grown from strength to strength over the years. It is the occasion to review our past performances to enable us to know about our achievements and goals toward fulfillment of dreams of our constitution-makers.
North Central Railway, since its inception in year 2003, has emerged as an important constituent of Indian railways. In spite of NCR not being a loading railway, we have registered a 5% increase in originating loading and 22% growth in throughput.  A new record level of throughput achieved o­n any single day o­n 17th January, 2023 over NCR i.e 36141 wagons (714 trains), earlier best was 35723 wagons o­n 15.01.2022. The originating freight loading in our freight earnings in current financial year till December, 2022 grew by 6.70% in comparison to same period of last year.  Our Passenger and Sundry Earnings have also grown by astounding 60.37% and 58.67% respectively over same period of last year. Even the ticket checking earning is 75.5 % higher than last year. We have already crossed the annual target of scrap disposal in the month of January itself & achieved the earning of Rs 200.83 crores upto 12th January 2023. 
NCR has also earned ever best Rs. 113.33 Crores by way-leave and siding charges. We have not o­nly improved earning but have also enhanced our efficiency to curtail expenditure. Our Solar plants are also performing best in Indian Railways,  9.63 million units of energy has been generated through them and saved the energy bill to the tune of almost Rs. 3.91 crores along with saving 8200 Metric Tonnes carbon emission upto the third quarter of current financial year. During the current year, monetary savings to the tune of Rs. 177.59 crores were achieved, by use of reduction in diesel under wire, regenerative braking in 3-phase electric locos, shutting down of diesel locos when not in use, solar energy generation and reduction in non-traction energy consumption. After introduction of 03 LHB rakes this year, a total of 29 such rakes have been made HOG compliant, thus saving diesel of more than Rs. 19 Crores.
Five new pair of train services for passengers have been started this year for passengers of our zone along with temporarily adding 122 extra coaches to different trains. We have also run 925 trips of special trains for various important destinations along with giving temporary stoppages to 20 trains. We have also increased frequency of 8 trains to enhance passenger convenience. During the current financial year, Foot Over Bridges have been constructed at 13 stations, platform sheds have been provided at 11 stations, platforms raising works have been completed at 07 stations and extension of platform length has been done at 02 stations. These works have not o­nly enhanced convenience level but also have helped in ensuring safety of our esteemed passengers.
05 escalators and 03 lifts have already been commissioned during 2022-23 and works for 06 more escalators & 04 lifts are in progress. To update information system for passengers at stations, 4 stations have been provided with train indication boards and 20 more stations with Auto Announcement System. Illumination has been improved at 09 stations- Chunar, Vindhyachal, Hathras, Mandrak, Somna, Maripat, Ajaibpur, Danwar and Sikandarpur having footfall of greater than 2000 per day.
NCR caters to o­ne of the most dense rail networks of Indian Railways. Despite severe capacity constraints, we have raised the speed of 44 trains this year, taking the total to 550 trains from earlier 110 KMPH to 130 KMPH, thus becoming the zone with highest number of trains with speed of 130 KMPH or more. We have switched 31 pairs of trains from Diesel to Electric traction.  
We have enhanced the speed of 12 sections and loop lines of 13 stations over NCR. We are providing better maintenance input to our infrastructure. We have relaxed 03 permanent speed restrictions and have completed 363 sets of Through Turnout Renewal in the current financial year which is 34% higher than the corresponding period of last year. 
We are strengthening our infrastructure through capacity enhancement projects. NCR crosses the last hurdle in pursuance of Mission 100% electrification with electrification of Ishanagar-Udaipura section of Jhansi Division. With commissioning of Automatic Signalling in Satnaraini-Rasulabad-Faizullahpur section (16.2 Km), o­n 30.12.2022. New Delhi-Pt. Deen Dayal Upadhyaay section (756 Km.) is now fully Automatic Signalled section. With this total 892 Route Km. & 1910 Track Km. has been commissioned with Automatic Signalling over North Central Railway which is highest among all zonal Railways. During the year, till December 2022, 33.23 Km doubling, 68.77 Km third line and 11 Km 4th line work has been commissioned.
Apart from it, Electronic Interlocking has been commissioned at 27 stations, BPAC in 13 block sections and Dual Detection in 856 track sections have also been commissioned to improve asset reliability. 
Safety has been of paramount importance to us. In order to inculcate the habit of observance of safety practices in operation, we have conferred special safety award to 47 railway employees. During this financial year total 09 safety drives have been conducted to check the safety practices and sharpen the skills of respective staff.  We are also strengthening infrastructure and implementing state of art technology to improve safety reliability. Vrindavan-Ajhai section has become the first section of the Indian Railways with KAVACH having maximum speed limit of 160 KMPH. With installation of 04 more Hot Box Detectors uptill now 12 HBDs have been installed to detect enroute bearing failures and brake binding cases. Fire safety is another priority area and in order to ensure it, NCR based 345 AC coaches & 51 power cars have been equipped with Fire Smoke Detection System. 
Safety at level crossings has conventionally been a cause of concern for railway administration. During the current year we have removed 34 level crossings and constructed 05 ROBs & 22 RUBs. In order to strengthen the safety at level crossings, 03 level crossings have been interlocked and 11 gates have been upgraded with the provision of power operated lifting barrier this year. 
Our Vigilance department is issuing system improvements by conducting checks. They have suggested 05 system improvements since August 2022. Due to vigilant action of the department an earnings of Rs.57.20 Lakh has also been registered since August 2022.
Our Security Personnel are always alert towards passenger security and safety of railway property. They have rescued 1053 children, 160 ladies & 142 gents  either by reuniting them with their families or handing them safely over to NGOs under operation Dignity. Our security team has also taken stringent action against the carriage of intoxicating and prohibited materials, as 137 persons have been arrested and material approximately worth Rs. 1.98 Crores has been recovered under operation NARCOS. Action has also been taken against unauthorized ticketing and vending as 126 unauthorized ticket agents and 6459 vendors have been arrested during the o­ngoing financial year. 
We have taken several welfare steps to ensure job satisfaction among our committed staff. In order to streamline the health services and keep the track of all the health related records of our staff, Hospital Management & Information System has been implemented over all the railway hospitals and majority number of health units. To cater the best health services in-house, our doctors have carried out 28 special, 1109 major, 5521 minor and 781 cataract surgeries during the o­ngoing year. Our medical department has also conducted several health checkup and blood donation camps. In order to facilitate our esteemed passengers during journey, our medical teams have provided first aid to 10731 passengers while in need of treatment. To ascertain best quality services, about 2100 food samples and 30000 water samples have been collected for testing under various considerations.  To enhance individual's skill, level of awareness and level of motivation to perform their job well, more than 500 personnel have been trained under Rail Kaushal Vikas Yojna and 18185 staff have been trained in various training centres of the zone. To strengthen our workforce and induce a sense of empowerment among staff, we have completed 184 appointments o­n compassionate grounds, 4909 staff have been promoted and 1095 staff have been given financial up-gradation. 
Sportspersons & cultural team members of NCR have always brought laurels for our country. I take this opportunity to congratulate our players specially Ms. Chhavi Yadav who won Mumbai marathon and stood first in inter railway cross country championship. I also wish to congratulate weightlifter Ms. Komal Kohar and Powerlifter Shri Amanpreet for raising their bars further high and setting up national records. I wish to congratulate our men & women cross country teams, weightlifting, gymnastic, powerlifting teams for performing outstandingly during various championships including inter-railway competitions.
Remarkable efforts have been made in implementing Rajbhasha policy over North Central Railway. We have won Railway Minister Rajbhasha Shield and Nagar Rajbhasha Karyanvayan Shield, our IG/RPF has also been conferred with Rail Minister's Rajbhasha  Medal.
I wish to congratulate our recognised Unions, Federation & Associations for maintaining good & harmonious atmosphere over North Central Railway. I congratulate Scout & Guide for organizing various training camps and participating in national Jamboree  winning in 11 competitions. I also wish to recognize the contributions made by St. Johns Ambulance Brigade & Civil defence personnel for railways working selflessly for various social causes during mela arrangements by Railway administration. Volunteers from the brigade helped around 700 persons during Navratri Mela at Vindhyachal with their life saving skills.
 I also congratulate NCRWWO for their commendable efforts in helping needy railway families through various schemes. 
On this glorious occasion of Republic Day, let us resolve to meet the future challenges as a strong cohesive team and march ahead to achieve our goals with highest level of efficiency and dedication in service to the Nation. o­nce again, I convey my best wishes for a bright future to all railwaymen & their families.

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