North Central Railway
No. 11PR/12/2019/Press ReleaseDate:26.12.2019
General Manager NCR conducts meeting on Organisational Restructuring of Indian Railways
A meeting chaired by GM NCR Sri Rajiv Chaudhry held in HQ office on Historic decision taken by Union Cabinet chaired by Hon,ble Prime Minister on unification of existing eight Group A service of Indian Railway into a central service called Indian Railway Management Service. Addressing the meeting attended by all Principal Head of Departments and Additional General Manager, GM Sri Chaudhry informed that Union Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi has approved a transformational organisational restructuring of the Indian Railways. Besides officers from HQ , DRM and Branch officers from all three divisions Agra, Allahabad and Jhansi also joined this important meeting through video conference. This historic reform will go a long way in achieving Government’s vision of making Indian Railways the growth engine of India's vikas yatra.
Sri Chaudry informed that these reforms include:
i.Unification of the existing eight Group A services of the Railways into a Central Service called Indian Railway Management Service (/RMS)
ii.Re-organisation of Railway Board on functional lines headed by CRB with four Members and some Independent Members
iii.The existing service of Indian Railway Medical Service (IRMS) to be consequently renamed as Indian Railway Health Service (IRHS)
Unification of different Railway Serviceshas been recommended by various committees from time to time for reforming Railways including - the Prakash Tandon Committee (1994), Rakesh Mohan Committee (2001), Sam Pitroda Committee (2012) and Bibek Debroy Committee (2015).
Sri Chaudhry informed that some of the key benefits expected from this historic decision are:
1.Increased delegation to empower GMs and field officers, allowing competitive operators to run trains etc. GM shall be given apex level at par with Secretary to Govt of India. This will help in speedy, quality and timely delivery of services benefiting our esteemed customers and other stake holders.
2.This will also help in meeting next level challenges and deal with various existing difficulties as will as it will promote smooth working of Railways, expedite decision making, create a coherent vision for organisation and promote rational decision making.
3.Reorganisation of railway board on functional line instead of current department verticals will help in smooth decision on cross departmental items thus enhanced productivity and all decisions shall be coherent to Organisational goal .
4.Railway board will be mainly involved with policy making hence more flexibility at zonal and divisional level for enabling faster decisions withing overall framework of policy .
GM Sri Chaudhry further informed that it is now proposed to create a unified Group A' service called "Indian Railways Management Service" (IRMS) from the next recruitment cycle. Creation of the new service will be done in consultation with DoPT and UPSC to facilitate recruitment in the next recruitment year. It will enable Railways to recruit engineers/non-engineers as per need, and offer equality of opportunity to both categories in career progression.
GM Sri Chaudhry assured all in service officers that their seniority and career progression etc. will be protected and modalities and unification of the services will be worked out by the Ministry of Railways in consultation with DoPT with the approval of Alternate Mechanism to be appointed by Cabinet in order to ensure fairness and transparency. The process shall be completed within a year.
The newly recruited officers will come from Engineering and non-Engineering disciplines as per need and posted as per their aptitude and specialisation to allow them to specialise in one field, develop an overall perspective, and prepare them to take up general management responsibilities at senior levels. Selection for the general management positions shall be through a merit-based system.
Sri Chaudhry further added that Railway board will no longer be organised on departmental lines, and replaced with a leaner structure organised on functional lines. It will have a Chairman, who will act as 'Chief Executive Officer (CEO)' along with 4 Members responsible for Infrastructure, Operations & Business Development, Rolling Stock and Finance respectively. The Chairman shall be the cadre controlling officer responsible for Human resources (HR) with assistance from a DG (HR). The Board will also have some independent Members (the number to be decided by competent authority from time to time), who will be highly distinguished professionals with deep knowledge and 30 years of experience including at the top levels in industry, finance, economics and management fields. The Independent Members will help Railway Board in setting a strategic direction. The restructured Board will start functioning after approval of the Board taking due care to ensure that officers are posted in the restructured Board or adjusted in the same pay and rank till their retirement.