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Ratan Tata to help revamp Railways; Prabhu appoints him head of Kaya Kalp council

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Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu in a follow up action to the Budget announcement has constituted the ‘Kayakulp’ Council and has appointed former Tata Group chairman, Ratan Tata to head its council.

The primary aim of this council is to recommend changes, innovative methods and new practices for the improvement, betterment and transformation of the ailing Organization of Railways in India.

Prabhu is looking for innovative suggestions from these committees. “It will be easier for him to implement these ideas if they come as suggestions. If they come from within the railways, they are bound to get stuck in bureaucratic processes,” an official said.

The Council is likely to be a standing committee and would interact with all its stakeholders. It would initially have Shiv Gopal Mishra, General Secretary of All Indian Railwaymen’s Federation (AIRF) and Dr. M. Raghavaiah, General Secretary, National Federation of Indian Railwaymen (NFIR), the two recognized federations representing the railway employees as members.

Suresh Prabhu in the budget speech had said –“Every dynamic and thriving organization needs to innovate and re-invent its practices. In accordance with the vision of Prime Minister for Innovation, Technology Development and Manufacturing, the Indian Railways intend to set up an innovation council called “Kayakalp” for the purpose of business re-engineering and introducing a spirit of innovative in Railways.”

The setting up of this committee with immediate effect is the fulfillment of Prabhu’s promise as stated in his Railways Budget speech.

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Union Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu advocates major push for complete Digitalisation of Indian Railways

The conference focused on building a road map for transforming the Indian Railways into a completely digital enterprise

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New Delhi, March 27, 2017: Advocating major push for complete digitalisation of the Indian Railways, Union Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu on Monday said the move could prove to be a game changer as it would result in saving billions of dollars.

Prabhu said a holistic approach for digitalisation of the Railways in partnership with the IT industry would benefit both the Railways as well as the vendors who partner with it in different spheres.

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“We are working on an integrated, comprehensive strategy to leverage information technology for improvements in systems and processes, and to enhance efficiency,” Prabhu said at a conference on “Building Digital Railway for Digital India” here.

The conference focused on building a road map for transforming the Indian Railways into a completely digital enterprise.

“It (complete digitalisation) will be a game changer if the Railways can save six billion dollars by investing two billion dollars,” Prabhu said.

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The minister, however, warned that cyber security should be kept in mind while going for digital platforms.

The Indian Railways One Information and Communication Technology (IR-OneICT) Platform is an initiative to enable Indian Railways to deliver goods and services in tune with the demands by creation of logistics and transport capacity enabled by digital platform.

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It aims to use digital technology to better connect the goods and services with the market.

“The better capacity and asset utilisation would mean helping Indian Railways in running more trains, carrying more freight, providing better and reliable services to the passenger, increased revenues and safe operations,” a government statement said. (IANS)