Archive for January, 2009

Railway committee on steam locomotives set up

The Ministry of Railways has set up a committee to suggest measures for the upkeep of the handful of steam locos left in the country.

The five-member committee called ‘Steam Traction Expertise and Maintenance Committee’ will comprise senior railway officials as members and retired personnel who have persistently strived to save the ‘queen of rails’ from going obsolete, senior railway ministry officials said.

Headquartered in New Delhi, the committee is expected to submit its report within a period of six months.

It will suggest methodology for meeting the requirements of trained inspectors, running staff and maintenance staff, the ministry officials said.

The officials noted that the worst part is that there are few running staff who can keep the locos running. Worse still is the dearth of steam loco pilots, making it more difficult to ensure the safety of the locos.

“The committee will also seek to prescribe the revised maintenance schedules of the locos and work content of each schedule which is of utmost importance keeping in view the reduced level of running of these locomotives,” they added.

At present, an estimated 30 locomotives are left in the country in running condition, the regulars hauling the sought-after tourist trains in intervals and toy trains to hill stations.

With the Rewari shed holding the last remaining steam locos, the committee would suggest organisational structure and responsibilities at Board, zonal railway and divisional level for sustaining steam traction.

The other key aim of the committee would be to assess the skills available in railway sheds and workshops for proper maintenance of critical assemblies, the ministry officials said.

As repairs and maintenance forms a critical component of these locos, including upkeep of the boiler, the committee is also expected to place its suggestion on these issues, they said.

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Indian Railways will soon run bullet train: Lalu

Fresh from a ride on Japan’s famed bullet train, Railway Minister Lalu Prasad on Monday said his ministry was in the process of appointing global consultants for introducing the high-speed trains on certain routes.
"The day is not far off when the bullet train will run in the country," Prasad told. "We are in the process of appointing global consultants for introducing bullet train on certain routes," he said.
About the possible routes for running such trains, he said "we are examining the possibilities of running it on some routes including Mumbai-Ahmadabad, Delhi-Chandigarh and Delhi-Patna".
During his visit to Japan last week, Prasad had got a first hand experience of the fast trains travelling from Tokyo to Kyoto at a speed of about 300 km per hour.
Asked about his bullet train experience, he said "It was very good. The bullet trains are well managed in Japan."
Meanwhile, the Railways have invited global tenders for conducting pre-feasibility study of high-speed train corridor on the Delhi-Chandigarh-Amritsar route.

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Quote of the Day:

The thing I hate about an argument is that it always interrupts a good discussion.
–G.K. Chesterton

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Happy Republic Day 2009

Happy Republic Day 2009
Lets celebrate and solute the noble cause,I ts our nation which is shining as it was, Its REPUBLIC DAY Today…Don’t forget the effort, make it movement of mass !!

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Jay…….. Hind…

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Some interesting facts about Indian Railways

  1. Traverses through the length and breadth of the country covering 63,140 route kms
  2. Owns a fleet of 2,16,717 wagons (units), 39,236 coaches and 7,739 number of locomotives
  3. Manages to run 14,444 trains daily, including about 8,702 passenger trains
  4. Carries more than a million tonne of freight traffic daily
  5. Carries 14 million passengers covering 6,856 number of stations daily

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Setting up of Anomaly Committee to settle the Anomalies arising out of the implementation of the 6th CPC recommendations

The Government has released orders for constituting National Anomaly Committee and Departmental Anomaly Committees for settlement of anomalies arising out of implementation of 6th CPC recommendations.


Dated the 12th January, 2009

Subject: – Setting up of Anomaly Committee to settle the Anomalies arising out of the implantation of the 6th CPC recommendations

Definition of Anomaly will include the following cases:


a). Where the Official Side and the Staff Side are of the opinion that any recommendation is in contravention of the principle or the policy enunciated by the 6th CPC itself without the Commission assigning any reason: and

b). Where the maximum of the revised scale is less than the amount at which one is entitled to be fixed except in those cases where the same is as a result of modified fixation formula adopted by the Government and

c). Where the amount of revised allowance is less than the existing rate.

2) Composition: There will be 2 levels of Anomaly Committees, National and Departmental, consisting of representatives of the Official Side and the Staff Side of the National Council and the Departmental Council respectively.

3) The Departmental Anomaly Committee may be chaired by the Additional Secretary (Admn.) or the Joint Secretary (Admn.), if there is no post of Additional Secretary (Admn.). Financial Adviser of the Ministry/Department shall be one of the Members of the Departmental Anomaly Committee.

4) The National Anomaly Committee will deal with anomalies common to two or more Departments and in respect of common categories of employees. The Departmental Anomaly Committee will deal with anomalies pertaining exclusively to the Department concerned and having no repercussions on the employees of another Ministry/Department in the opinion of the Financial Adviser. The items already taken up by the Fast Track Committee will not be considered by the Anomaly Committee.

5) The Anomaly Committee shall receive anomalies through Secretary; Staff Side of respective Council upto six months from the date of its constitution and it will finally dispose of all the anomalies within a period of one year from the date of its constitution. Any recommendations of the Anomaly Committee to resolve the anomaly shall to the approval of the Government.

6) Cases where there is a dispute about the definition of "anomaly" and those where there is a disagreement the staff side and the official side on the anomaly will be referred to and "Arbitrator" to be appointed out of a panel of names proposed by the two sides. However, this arbitration will not be a part of the JCM scheme.

7) The Arbitrator so appointed shall consider the disputed cases arising in the Anomaly Committees at the National as well as Departmental level.

8) Orders regarding appointment of the Arbitrator and constitution of Anomaly Committee at National Level will be issued separately.

All Ministries/Departments are accordingly requested to take urgent action to set up the Anomaly Committees for settlement of anomalies arising out of implementation of the 6th CPC recommendations as stipulated above.

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