In new roles for restructured Railway Board, CEO to keep key portfolios


The Railways has determined the work allocation of its restructured Railway Board with the Chairman and CEO emerging as the all powerful face of the national transporter by retaining the most remarkable safety, security and infrastructure portfolios.

According to a railway board order issued on Tuesday, the Centre has also finalised Cadre Controlling Authorities (CCA) for the existing railway products and services, with the first Chief Operating Officer of the Indian Railways being the cadre controlling officer responsible for Human Resources (HR) with the help of a DG(HR).

The other portfolios, which have an overarching effect on the smooth running of railways and its instant plans of modernisation, have been entrusted with the CEO — Health, Planning, Vigilance, Efficiency and Research, Public Relations, Heritage, Transformation Cell and Corporate Co-ordination.

“The distribution of work has been made in one of these way that every one those works that affect the overall development of the Railways will be overseen by the CEO. This will intent less delays in decision making and eliminates all possibilities of dilution of any directions. Safety has been provided to him because it has to undergo independent audit, said an official explaining the move.

The Cabinet had earlier approved the restructuring of the Railway Board, whose strength has been cut from eight to five, as a part of large scale reforms initiated by the national transporter.

While present Chairman VK Yadav has been appointed Chairman and Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Pradeep Kumar has been appointed Member, Infrastructure; PC Sharma has been appointed Member, Traction and Rolling Inventory; PS Mishara has been made Member, Operations and Trade Development; and Manjula Rangarajan has been appointed Member, Finance.

Before the restructuring, the board used to be divided vertically among products and services, with each and every service having its own member. The chairman used to be the first among equals wherein the members were responsible for their own branch and cadre. They didn’t want to seek permission from the Chairman for key decisions including transfer and postings of personnel from their service.

Then again, now practically each decision needs to be approved by the CEO and he also has the authority to overrule in case there’s a divided house.

A few of the other members of the Railway Board, Member (Infrastructure) has been allotted works related to civil engineering, bridges, sign and telecom, land and amenities, station development and railway electrification.

Member, Traction and Rolling Inventory (TRS) ) will be incharge of production units, mechanical workshops, coaches, train sets, maintenance of coaching inventory among other things. Member, Operations and Trade Development(O&B D), will be responsible for traffic transportation, coaching, tourism and catering commercial, non-fare revenue and marketing and commerce development. Member, Finance, will be in charge of all accounts and revenue.

The posts of Member (staff), member (materials management) and member (engineering) have been eliminated from the Railway Board, and the entire remaining posts will now be open to all officers without reference to the service to which they belong.

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