Indian Railways Prunes Board By 25%, Transfer Orders Of 50 Officers Issued
A commuter train sits at a platform in Sandhurst Road railway station in Mumbai, India. (Photographer: Dhiraj Singh/Bloomberg)  

Indian Railways Prunes Board By 25%, Transfer Orders Of 50 Officers Issued

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The Indian Railways has pruned the Railway Board by 25 percent, cutting down its strength from 200 to 150 by transferring director-level officials and above to zones in a long-pending move to enhance efficiency, according to an official order.

The transfer orders of these 50 officials were issued on Monday, sources said. “This is part of the PM's vision of less bureaucracy. Less government maximum governance. These officials have gone where their work will be most effectively utilised,” a senior official said.

Here’s how many officers have been transferred from various railway cadres:

  • Indian Railways Service of Engineers: 10
  • Indian Railway Traffic Service: 10
  • Indian Railway Accounts Service: 7
  • Indian Railway Service of Mechanical Engineering: 6
  • Indian Railway Service of Electrical Engineers: 5
  • Indian Railway Service of Signal Engineers: 5
  • Indian Railway Stores Service: 3
  • Indian Railway Personnel Service: 3
  • Railway Protection Force: 1

The plan was first mooted in 2000 by the Atal Bihari Vajpayee government, which recommended the rightsizing of the apex decision making body of the national transporter.

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