Major changes in Railways to carry forward Modi's reform

New Delhi: Railways have initiated bold steps for restructuring its Board, including redistribution of work among members and creation of a new post of Advisor from outside for resource mobilisation, as part of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's reform agenda earmarked for the national transporter.

The Advisor is expected to provide the much-needed impetus for resource mobilisation at a juncture when railways are undertaking large scale development and modernisation initiatives.

"In a first in railways, we will soon have an Advisor for resource mobilsation and development. The post will be filled through lateral entry via central staffing scheme as part of reforms to facilitate external talent at senior level. The selection process is in the final stage," said a senior Railway Ministry official involved in the task of carrying out the new policy execution.

With a view to reorganising the Railway Board on functional lines, the policy involves redesignation of the posts and accordingly Member Engineering will become Member Infrastructure with additional responsibility of signal and telecom departments (S&T). Till now S&T was with the Member Electrical.