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.
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)
Railway app enables you to book flight tickets to ordering food
Before the launch of Saarthi app, there were multiple mobile Railway apps
The app has been developed by the CRIS (Centre for Railway Information Systems), the Railways’ software arm
The Rail app Saarthi is launched by India’s Railways Minister, Mr Suresh Prabhu on 13th July 2017. The app enables you to book flight tickets to ordering food, this mobile application can do everything. The app is an integrated mobile application to cater all kinds of passenger requirements, which includes ticket booking, inquiry, onboard cleaning and ordering a meal on a single platform. At the launch event of the app, it was also announced that the extension in the advance booking period for foreigners to 365 days from present 120 days. Now a lower berth in a 3AC coach will be reserved for physically-challenged people and the middle for the individual accompanying them.
Suresh Prabhu said that with the launch of new app, they aim to provide better customer experience, there was a need for an integrated application which could give a single window interface for these services. Before the launch of Saarthi app, there were multiple mobile Railway apps and to use different services, the user had to search and download each application separately.
The Rail ‘Saarthi’ app stands for, “Synergised Advanced Application Rail Travel Help and Information. Apart from providing impeccable facilities and services, the app also caters to features such as safety for women, compliant facility, booking porter, retiring room and suggestion for improvement. Moreover, the app can now also be used for booking taxis and hotels. Interestingly, you can also book air ticket through the app and give feedback. When it comes adding some more benefits then, in addition, Indian railways presented an integrated mobile application to cater to various passenger requirements, including ticket booking, inquiry, on-board cleaning and ordering meal on a single platform.
The app has been developed by the CRIS (Centre for Railway Information Systems), the Railways’ software arm. The estimated cost of in building the app has been Rs 7 crore. The initiation of Integrated Railway Mobile App for Indian Railways was announced in the Rail Budget 2016-17. The official had said that there are other multiple Railway apps which cater to various passenger requirement, including onboard cleaning but most of them offer only a single service. These apps can be searched and downloaded separately. This gave rise to the need of providing a single window interface for these services.
In order to provide better customer experience, there was a need for an assimilated app, which could give a single window interface for such kind of facilities, Prabhu said after launching the app.
You need to go to Google Play Store on your Android device.
Search for the term “COMS – for RAIL SAARTHI”.
You will see an ‘Install’ button. Clicking on that will download and install the app on your device.
Once installed, you will have to log in to the app after creating a ‘Sign In’ ID.
In order to download the application, you need to go to Google Play Store on your Android smartphones. Thereafter, you need to search for the term “COMS – for RAIL SAARTHI”. This is the newly launched app. At the landing page, you will see an ‘Install’ button. Just pressing on that will download and install the app on your device. Once installed, you will have to log in to the app after creating a ‘Sign In’ ID. The landing page on Google Play Store says, “App should be download in combination with SAARTHI app available at google play store.”
Benefits Of Rail Saarthi Mobile App:
The new digital initiative will reduce the crowd on the ticket counter. Initially, the App was launched on the Android platform. The Railway Android app and Railway IOS app will soon be launched on Windows platform. Explain that till now the Railways had kept separate apps for different services but now all these workers will be done from the same app.
With the introduction of this app, the lower berth in a 3AC coach will be reserved for physically-challenged people and the middle for the individual accompanying them. However, in the 3AC coach of a train, there will be only one such berth. Until now, the facility was only in the sleeper class — 2 berths — which has now been extended to the 3AC as well. It has also extended the advance booking period for foreigners to 365 days from the present 120 days.