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  • The convoy of BJP state president Dilip Ghosh was attacked in Contai in West Bengal. Ghosh was not hurt.
  • Two side roads being built to ease traffic congestion due to the collapse of Majerhat Bridge in Kolkata will miss the October 8 deadline
  • Mohan Bhagwat says RSS does not want to foist its ideology on anyone
  • In a rare admission, RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat says Congress played a big role in the freedom struggle
  • SC to examine evidence in hand of Pune Police relating to the arrest of 5 rights activists
  • SC allows manufacture and sale of Saridon, Dart and Piriton Expectorant, the three drugs that were banned with 325 others recently
  • Nitish Kumar says that a seat-sharing deal has been finalized with the BJP, with his party getting a respectable share
  • One of the three prime accused in Rewari rape case arrested
  • Left wins all posts in JNU students' polls
  • Poll strategist Prashant Kishor joins JD(U)
  • Clashes in JNU over elections for student body
  • Pune school principal, who is also a priest, booked for sexual abuse of male student
  • Rewari rapists called a doctor after they panicked when the girl's condition deteriorated
  • Research by Dr Himmatrao Bawaskar shows that nearly 95% people with ear crease are likely to have heart disease
  • DINs of over 21 lakh individuals who failed to submit KYC will be frozen by the MCA making them ineligible for board positions in companies
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Railway Board: Cutting the Flab

By Sunil Garodia

About the Author

Sunil Garodia Editor-in-Chief of indiacommentary.com. Current Affairs analyst and political commentator. Writes for a number of publications.

The railways ministry has done well to trim the size of the Railway Board. There is no doubt that the board is bloated and heavily overstaffed. More than 500 officers have been stationed at the headquarters in Delhi, ostensibly to oversee the massive rail movement all over the country. But isn’t the Board the highest policy making body in the organization? Then, should it not have regional offices in all the railway zones where these officers will be able to better implement the policy and be in direct touch with field staff?

With a rise in number of accidents, with schedules going awry through late running of trains and with projects getting delayed, everything cannot be controlled from Delhi. Recognizing this, the Board has approved setting up of regional offices in all 17 zonal headquarters and shunting out more than half the officers from the cozy confines of Lutyen’s Delhi.

The ministry had already delegated substantial financial, administrative and operational powers to officers in the field. This was done to increase efficiency, cut down on costs and streamline operations. With the present decision, further powers will be delegated to the officers who will be posted in Board offices in the zones. After this, the ministry will just oversee the broader aspects of policy making.

While a majority of the officers seem to be unhappy at the turn of events, this is in line with best practices around the world that prescribe trimmer top body with delegation of power to the field officers. It helps in setting up a clear chain of command. It also helps in dealing with day to day affairs at the field level. It has become a racket for zonal officers to lobby for a plum posting in the Board at Delhi. The Railways would be better off if this is stopped and the officers are made to sweat it out in the zones.

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