Railways’ Recent Move To Decentralise Authority Is Helping It Move Faster


Railways’ Recent Move To Decentralise Authority Is Helping It Move Faster

Ferozepur divisional railway manager Vivek Kumar oversees 21,500 employees and a track of 1,844 km, spread across two north Indian states — Punjab and Jammu & Kashmir. As many as 440 trains carrying more than two lakh passengers a day run under his watch. The area under him earns an annual revenue of Rs 3,800 crore (2017-18). It also facilitates some sensitive business. India’s exports to Pakistan by rail — seeds, red chilli, machinery, tyres, chemicals and rubber — pass through his division.

A recent decision by the Indian Railways has placed far more decision making powers in the hands of officers like Kumar, who would previously have to await approvals from higher officers such as general managers (GMs) and members of the Railway Board. There are 27 GMs and seven members of the Railway Board, including its chairman. Read More

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