NEW DELHI: In the wake of the recent train accidents, industrialist Ratan Tata, who heads the railways’ Kaya Kalp Council, on Tuesday sought details of the train accidents and the preventive action plan chalked out by the state-run transport behemoth.
During the second meeting of the council, Tata asked the railways to have the complete data on accidents, including types of accidents, casualties and other loss in the recent past and the steps being taken to curb such incidents to be submitted at the council’s next meeting scheduled for September.
As many as 35 people had lost their lives in the two train accidents which occurred earlier this month.
The council also viewed the railways’ performance relative to that of other major railways of the world like those in China, France, Germany and the UK. In addition, it also took stock of how the railways has been addressing issues relating to its social responsibility and employee benefits. The council, which got a briefing on railway finances’ link to government finances also sought to understand the subsidy element in railway finances. The railways gave power-point presentations on aspects such as performance, social responsibility, customer satisfaction, employee benefits and adoption of modern technology in public transportation.
Tata also asked the two unions which are part of the council to come up with their suggestions on customer satisfaction and employees’ benefit at the next meeting.
Referring to the national transport policy chalked out by the esrtwhile Planning Commission, Tata sought to know the railways’ plan for achieving the targets set in it. Railways Minister Suresh Prabhu had requested the council to address issues pertaining to safety, increase in efficiency through the reorientation of business processes and ways to involve the public in finding solutions to some major problems being faced by public sector. The council also looked at determining its course of action for achieving effective results within a reasonable time frame.
The Kaya Kalp Council was set up to recommend innovative methods and processes for the improvement, betterment and transformation of the state-run rail network. The meeting was also attended by Ragini Yachuri, Executive Director, Railway Board; Shiv Gopal Mishra, general secretary, All India Railwaymen’s Federation; M Raghaviah, general secretary, NFIR and secretary of the council; Madhukar Sinha, Executive Director, Innovation, Railway Board.