Railway Minister Inaugurates Musical Fountain, Toy Train and Renovated Exhibits at National Railway Museum


The Union Minister for Railways, Shri Suresh Prabhakar Prabhu lighting the lamp at the inauguration of the Musical Fountain Toy Train & Renovated Exhibits, at National Railway Museum, in New Delhi on December 24, 2014. The Chairman, Railway Board, Shri Arunendra Kumar is also seen.


Railway Minister Inaugurates Musical Fountain, Toy Train and Renovated Exhibits at National Railway Museum 

Minister Releases a Book on Indian Railways, Titled ‘More Miles…More Smiles’ 

A Documentary Film ‘Imprint of Indian Railways Over Indian Cinema’ Inaugurated 


The Union Minister for Railways, Shri Suresh Prabhakar Prabhu unveiling the plaque to inaugurate the Musical Fountain Toy Train & Renovated Exhibits, at National Railway Museum, in New Delhi on December 24, 2014. The Chairman, Railway Board Shri Arunendra Kumar is also seen.

The Minister of Railways Shri Suresh Prabhakar Prabhu inaugurated the Musical Fountain, Toy Train and Renovated Exhibits at National Railway Museum in New Delhi today. Shri Suresh Prabhakar Prabhu released this book titled “Indian Railways – More Miles...More Smiles” edited by retired Indian railway official Shri J L Singh and published by the Indian Railways. This book would bring to the reader the multiple dimensions of the Indian Railways. Also on the occasion, the Railway Minister inaugurated a documentary film “Imprint of Indian Railways over Indian Cinema. The film depicts the 100 years old association of Indian Railways & the Indian cinema is more than 100 years old. Cinema is also depicting the advancement of Indian Railways as brought out by the documentary film. 


The Union Minister for Railways, Shri Suresh Prabhakar Prabhu and the Union Minister for Science & Technology and Earth Sciences, Dr. Harsh Vardhan at the inauguration of the Musical Fountain Toy Train & Renovated Exhibits, at National Railway Museum, in New Delhi on December 24, 2014.

Speaking on the occasion, the Railway Minister said that it is continuous endeavour of National Rail Museum to preserve and display very rare historic exhibits, some of them are 150 years old. He emphasised the need for having a section at the museum which also display the futuristic vision of Indian Railways. He said that Museums are custodian of historical knowledge. There are museums of different kinds in the world but National Railway Museum in Delhi is unique perhaps in the entire world. It is a good place for learning about Railways and to develop appreciation for railway activities. The Railway Minister also directed to create a new pavilion in a National Rail Museum for focusing on futuristic vision of Indian Railways. Referring to the Coffee Table Book released on this occasion, written by a retired Railway official, the Railway Minister complimented the railway enthusiasts who contributed for this beautiful compilation which has captured interesting moments of life in railways. He said a time has come when we have to consider new and innovative ideas for the growth of Indian Railways after learning lessons from our past and identifying challenges. It is necessary to have a vision for future and then prepare an Action Plan implement and the Indian Railways is presently actively engaged in this process. 

The Union Minister for Railways, Shri Suresh Prabhakar Prabhu releasing a book on Indian Railways titled-“More Miles…More Smiles”, at the inauguration of the Musical Fountain Toy Train & Renovated Exhibits, at National Railway Museum, in New Delhi on December 24, 2014. The Union Minister for Science & Technology and Earth Sciences, Dr. Harsh Vardhan and the Chairman, Railway Board, Shri Arunendra Kumar are also seen.

The Railway Minister pointed out that Hon’ble Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has identified railway sector as means of renaissance and an instrument for country’s economic development. Referring to the connectivity across the nation, the Minister outlined that Indian Railways is working hard to provide connectivity to the North eastern states and to Jammu and Kashmir so that the people living there can have better connectivity with the rest of the nation. 

The Union Minister for Railways, Shri Suresh Prabhakar Prabhu along with the Union Minister for Science & Technology and Earth Sciences, Dr. Harsh Vardhan, the Chairman, Railway Board, Shri Arunendra Kumar and other dignitaries watching a documentary “Imprint of Indian Railways over Indian Cinema”, at the inauguration of the Musical Fountain Toy Train & Renovated Exhibits, at National Railway Museum, in New Delhi on December 24, 2014.

Shri Prabhakar said that though he is the Head of the Railway family, but every member of the family have to collectively work to achieve desired objectives and take Indian Railways forward. On this occasion Dr. Harshvardhan Union Minister of Science and Technology said that his Ministry of Science and Technology and Indian Railways can do partnership in modernizing Railways. He said that very soon experts of two ministries will meet to finalise the areas of mutual cooperation. He said that we must welcome suggestions and innovative ideas for making Indian Railways as world class. Ms. Meenakshi Lekhi, MP also spoke on the occasion. 

The Union Minister for Railways, Shri Suresh Prabhakar Prabhu addressing at the inauguration of the Musical Fountain Toy Train & Renovated Exhibits, at National Railway Museum, in New Delhi on December 24, 2014.

Also present on the occasion among others were Chairman, Railway Board, Shri Arunendra Kumar and Member Staff, Railway Board, Shri A.K.Mital. Director, NRM, Shri U.S.Mina conducted the proceedings. 

The Union Minister for Science & Technology and Earth Sciences, Dr. Harsh Vardhan addressing at the inauguration of the Musical Fountain Toy Train & Renovated Exhibits, at National Railway Museum, in New Delhi on December 24, 2014

About 65 per cent of the exhibits have been restored within a short time of 10 to11 months. National Rail Museum has added one more attractions for the visitors by introducing 1:8 scale toy train, chugging on miniature track of about half a km length. This is first of its kind in India. Other attractions for the visitors will be the musical fountain. To enhance the experience of the visitors, a new pathway has been laid in throughout in the museum. Signages and landscaping has been done in sync with the restored exhibits. The good work has been put up by the NRM in association with the RITES (Rail India Technical and Economic Service) Ltd., a public sector undertaking of the Ministry of Railways and Northern Railway, especially Delhi divisions. Various challenges are being faced by NRM in dealing with Geographical constraints and more innovative things will be introduced in future for public. 

The Chairman, Railway Board, Shri Arunendra Kumar addressing at the inauguration of the Musical Fountain Toy Train & Renovated Exhibits, at National Railway Museum, in New Delhi on December 24, 2014

The 37 years old National Rail Museum is located in over 10 acres of land & has both indoor and outdoor exhibits. In all there are 91 outdoor exhibits, some of them are about 150 years old. Museum boasts of having Steam Engines of the various gauges, fireless Steam Engine, mono rail train, working Fire Engine of Nizam (Morris Fire Engine), various saloon, belonging to erstwhile rulers & British Viceroys, coaches & Wagons plying on different gauges for transporting public, animals, self-propelled Rail cars, Break down Cranes, Military Vans etc. All these individual exhibits have a story to be told. 

This museum has become one of the prime spot for the visitors. The peak Footfall per day registered is as high as 5500 and average Footfall is 1700-1800 visitors. Also during special events organised by NRM the footfall had been registered as high as 10,000 per day. However as time passes by, it’s become extremely difficult to protect these priceless exhibits due to the natural process of decaying and due to extreme weather conditions such as scorching heat, continuous rain, chilling cold. Above all ageing has done a considerable damage to the exhibits. 

National Rail Museum, has taken a big initiative by involving 30 workshops across the country to restore these life size exhibits. With the help of research workers, volunteers, rail enthusiasts an exhaustive work plan was drawn in start of the year 2014. Numerous skilful workers, supervisors of the Railway workshops contributed their finest effort to reverse the damage further. 
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Indian Railways Plans to Harness Solar Energy in a big way: Suresh Prabhu 

Railway Minister Commissions Solar Plant at Rail Bhawan Building 

Indian Railways Formulating a ‘Solar Policy’ of Procuring 1000 MW Solar Power 

The Minister of Railways Shri Suresh Prabhakar Prabhu along with Minister of State for Railways Shri Manoj Sinha commissioned 30 kW Solar Plant at roof top of Rail Bhawan at New Delhi, yesterday. On the occasion, Shri Prabhu envisioned that Railways is planning to harness solar energy in a big way which will be a step forward in mitigating the challenges currently being experienced by our environment. He stressed the need to expedite provision of solar plants at other Railway buildings also preferably in public private partner model. This plant, capable of sourcing power to about 800 light fittings, will generate about 45,000 kWh per annum besides annual saving of about Rs.4 lakh in electricity bills. Also present on the occasion were Member Electrical Railway Board Shri A.K. Mittal, Member Engineering Railway Board Shri V.K. Gupta, Financial Commissioner Railway Board Smt. Rajalakshmi Ravikumar besides other officials from Railway Board, Northern Railway and Delhi Division. 

To expand its footprint in the solar energy space, Indian Railway is in the process of formulating a ‘Solar Policy’ of procuring 1000 MW Solar Power under viability gap funding support and Central Financial Assistance schemes of Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) over next 5 years. 

To protect our environment, addressing the challenges of changes in global climate, promoting sustainable development and reducing dependence on fossil fuel, Indian Railways have taken various initiatives and is endeavouring to harness wind and solar energy in a big way to provide environmental friendly pollution free mode of transport. So far Indian Railways is harnessing solar energy of about 10 MW capacity at about 500 Railway stations, 4000 Level Crossing (LC) gates and at number of rooftop spaces of office buildings, hospitals, workshops besides solar based water heating applications at training institutes, retiring rooms and running rooms. IR has further planned to provide solar plants of another 10 MW capacity at 200 Railway stations including Katra Railway station, 26 buildings and 2000 LC gates. 
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Resolution for constitution of the Railway Convention Committee (2014) 

The Union Cabinet chaired by the Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi, today gave its approval for the proposal of the Ministry of Railways to move a resolution in both the Houses of Parliament for constitution of the Railway Convention Committee (2014) for making recommendations in regard to the rate of dividend payable by the Railways to the General Revenues for the years 2014-15 to 2018-19 and other ancillary matters. 

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Good Governance Initiatives of Labour & Employment Ministry 


            The Ministry of Labour & Employment is committed towards good governance by bringing transparency and accountability in labour enforcement system. Below mentioned are initiatives by the Ministry in this direction.

Governance reforms through use of Technology:

Shram Suvidha Portal: The Ministry of Labour & Employment has developed a unified Web Portal ‘Shram Suvidha Portal’. There are 4 main features of this Portal:


·         Unique labour identification number (LIN) will be allotted to Units to facilitate online registration.
·         Filing of self-certified and simplified Single Online Return  by  the industry instead of filing 16 separate Returns. Amendments to 10 Rules has been taken up.
·         Computerized inspection Reports within 72 hours by the Labour inspectors.
·         Timely redressal of grievances.


The unique Labour Identification Number (LIN) has been issued to 7,40,850 Units as on 23.12.2014.

Transparent Labour Inspection Scheme in Central Sphere for random selection of Units for Inspection:

·         A computerized list of inspections to be generated randomly based on risk based algorithm.
·         Complaints based inspections to be determined centrally after examination based on data and evidence.
·         19,389 inspections have been generated as on 23.12.2014 since the launch of the Labour Inspection Scheme of which 15,892 have already been uploaded on Shram Suvidha Portal.

Initiatives in Progress:

·        Common Registration between PAN/CIN/LIN.
·        Common Registration and Reporting between 5 acts namely  The EPF & MP Act, 1952, The ESIC Act, 1948, The BOCW(RECS) Act, 1996, The CL(R&A) Act, 1970, and The Inter-State Migrant Workmen(RECS) Act, 1979.

·        10 states have shown interest in joining the portal.

Portability through Universal Account Number (UAN) for Employees Provident Fund: 

·         Digitization of complete database of  4,22,99,883  EPF subscribers and allotment of UAN to each of them.
·         UAN is being seeded with Bank account and Aadhar Card and other KYC details for financial inclusion.
·         EPF account of employee to be updated monthly and at the same time he will be informed through SMS.
·         Direct access to their EPF accounts and will also enable them to consolidate all their previous accounts.


Initiatives in Progress:

·        Special drive is being taken up for enrolling contract and construction workers. This will bring this huge Unorganized Workforce into mainstream by bringing them under the formal social security cover. Details of contract workers will also be linked to Shram Suvidha Portal through UAN.


·        ESIC is to seed UAN mandatorily.


New Initiatives in Employment, Demand Responsive Vocational Training, and Career Services :


India is one of the youngest countries in the world. 58% our population is below 29 years of age.  That is why job creation particularly youth employment is focus area of our employment policy. The generation of the quality jobs means better skill alignment of workforce through Demand Responsive Vocation Training and quality apprenticeship so that the employment and employability of our workforce could be enhanced. It will also act as a bridge to realize the vision of the PM on Make In India, Skill India etc. Below mentioned are good governance initiatives by the Ministry in this direction:
1.    National Career Service Project 

Transformation of National Employment Service to provide employment related services on the national level portal. 

2.    NCVT MIS Portal 

The portal will link all NCVT affiliated Govt. & Private ITIs, 36 States / UTs Directorate, Apprenticeship Establishments, Central Institutes and  DGE&T at national level. 

3.    Skill Development Initiative Portal
The portal has been designed based on the guidelines for SDI scheme in vogue during 2007 to 2012 and being improved to make it effective and user friendly.
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Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions Year End Review-2014 

Transparency and Accountability Introduced in Administration 

Year End Review-2014




            The Department of Administrative Reforms and Public Grievances in collaboration with UNDP organized an International Symposium on excellence in public service/public administration at New Delhi on October 7-8, 2014.  The symposium showcased global practices in Public Administration and Public Services Delivery.  Participants from about 25 countries shared best practices and initiatives in Public Administration.  Dr. Jitendra Singh, Minister of State for Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions reiterated the pledge of Good Governance and stated that the measures taken by the Government of India include process simplification, focus on e-governance, single window system and acceptance of self attestation of documents.

            A two day Regional Conference on Innovation in Public Service Delivery in collaboration with the Government of Odisha was organized at Bhubaneswar on November  12, 2014.  During this conference, representatives from States and UTs in the  Northern,  North East and Eastern Region made presentations on award winning initiatives and projects on  ‘Best Practices’. A seminar on transparency and accountability was organized in which participants from renowned Public Sector Undertakings and Corporate bodies participated along with the representatives of multi lateral institutions.

            The Lokpal and Lokayuktas Act 2013 came into force on January 16, 2014. Under the Act The Public Servants (Furnishing of Information and Annual Return of Assets and Liabilities and the limits for Exemption of Assets in Filing Returns) Rules, 2014 were made for pro-active disclosure of property returns of all government employees. In view of comments/suggestions received from various government departments, orders were issued subsequently, in February and September removing certain difficulties and simplifying the format. The deadline for compliance with the above said rules was extended up to December 31, 2014. Details of the Act and Rules made under it are available at http://persmin.gov.in/Lokpal_HomePage_From_CCIS.asp



FOCUS ON GRIEVANCES REDRESSAL OF GOVT. SERVANTS AND PENSIONERS

The Department of Pensions and Pensioners’ Welfare is conducting Pre-Retirement Counseling (PRC) workshops every month for retiring persons from various Ministries/ Departments of the Government of India.  About 700 retiring persons have benefitted from such PRC workshops, during this year. The Department is also holding PRC Workshops for ‘Training of Trainers’ for the benefit of various Departments and Ministries.  Three such training programmes have been organized recently and a pool of 300 trainers has been created.

            In order to bring the people of NE Region into the mainstream, the Department organized PRC workshops and an awareness programme on Pensioners’ Portal and SANKALP for 400 Pensioners at Shillong in November 2014. SANKALP is an initiative from Department of Pension & Pensioners` Welfare, to provide a platform for the pensioners to access opportunities available for useful interventions in the society. It also facilitates the organizations working in these areas to select appropriate skill and expertise from the available pool of volunteers.

            As a part of the larger mandate of streamlining and simplifying the sanction of pension and payment process, the Department of Pension and Pensioners’ Welfare has taken steps towards minimizing delays in sanction and disbursement of pension and making the process more transparent. The objective is to simplify the forms as well as to do away with the requirement of submission of affidavit and to accept all information and documents on the basis of Self certification, 26 forms under CCS Pension Rules (1972) have been reviewed and modified where necessary. The revised forms have been posted on the website of the Department http://persmin.gov.in/Pension_AppForPension.asp

            ‘Jeevan Pramaan’ - Aadhar based digital Life Certificate was launched by the Government in November 2014. This will do away with the requirement of a pensioner having to submit a physical Life Certificate in November each year, in order to ensure continuity of pension being credited into his account.

            An award Scheme to encourage timely payment of Pension and other retirement benefits has been instituted for Ministries/Departments of the Government of India.  Online platform for retiring employees to highlight their life time experience and achievements is also being promoted through a concept paper with the stakeholders.

            There are approximately 40,000 fresh retirees every year from Central Government Civil establishments alone.  This number could be close to one lakh every year including defence, railways, posts and telecom sectors.  There is an existing pool of around 50 lakh pensioners.
With a view to providing know how about the operational aspects of the pensioners’ portal and the grievances redressal mechanism in particular, the Department of Pensions is conducting Awareness Programmes at different stations in the country. So far such programmes have been conducted at Chandigarh, Bengaluru, Bhubaneswar, Pune, Lucknow, Thiruvananthapuram, Kolkata, Jalandhar, Vadodara, Shillong and Agartala for Pensioners/Pensioners’ Association who are major stakeholders.

For redress of public grievances in general and grievances pertaining to central government agencies Centralized Public Grievance Redress and Monitoring System (CPGRAMS) is operational since 2007. The portal is accessible at www.pgportal.gov.in. It is an online system for lodging grievances from anywhere, anytime 24x7.

After careful scrutiny, the grievances received in the Department of Administrative Reforms and Public Grievances are forwarded to the Ministries/Departments/Organizations/State Governments/ UTs concerned for appropriate action. The complainant is also informed about the details. The system enables Ministries/Departments close monitoring of the grievances received for expeditious disposal and upload Action Taken Report. The citizens can view the status of action taken.

GOOD GOVERNANCE DAY AND GOOD GOVERNANCE INITIATIVES



            The Government of India to observe December 25 as Good Governance Day throughout the country every year. 

Among the many initiatives undertaken by the Government to simplify governance, the promotion of self certification in place of affidavits was a significant step towards making life easier for the common man and placing trust in citizens.

            A facility to upload the reply of RTI applications and first appeals on the respective website of the Ministry/Department has been started from October 31, 2014.   All the Ministries/Departments of Govt. of India have been requested to upload the reply to RTI application and first appeal on their respective websites, except the replies relating to the personal information of an individual, if they do not serve any public interest.

            A book titled “Lighted Windows” on Best Practices or good governance initiatives was compiled by DARPG.  The book consists of select good governance initiatives from all over the country.  Innovations in governance are akin to improvement within the existing system that emerges from the dynamism of an individual or a group of civil servants or the organization at various levels.A Compendium of Best Practices on implementation of RTI Act was finalized in February this year.

            The Government has invited suggestions for a proposed scheme akin to Swantah Sukhaya of the government of Gujarat under which a government employee can pick his/her own voluntary service outside their usual structured work and do it with the Department’s backing.  The Government would recognize the best initiatives. Swantah Sukhaya is a Sanskrit term, meaning swantah – oneself and sukhaya, happiness.  This initiative is meant to provide internal happiness and a sense of achievement.

            The Department of Administrative Reforms and Public Grievances (DARPG) has so far released 67 films/documentary on good governance initiatives which are e-governance award winning film as well as the Prime Minister award winning documentaries. These films are available on Youtube and on Department’s website http://darpg.gov.in/darpgwebsite_cms/Document/file/List_of_Films.htm
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Special Class Railway Apprentices’ Examination, 2015 

The Union Public Service Commission will be conducting the Special Class Railway Apprentices’ Examination, 2015 on 18.01.2015 at various centres all over India as per notification.  The e-Admit Cards have been made available on the Commission’s website http://www.upsc.gov.in.  Candidates are advised to download and check their e-admit cards carefully and bring discrepancy, if any, to the notice of the Commission immediately.  Rejection letters citing the ground(s) for rejection have been issued through e-mails and also put on the Union Public Service Commission’s website http://www.upsc.gov.in.  In case any difficulty is faced by the candidates in downloading their e-admit cards, they may contact the UPSC Facilitation Counter on Telephone Nos. 011-23385271, 011-23381125 and 011-23098543 on any working day between 10.00 AM and 5.00 PM.  The candidates can also send Fax message on Fax No. 011-23387310.  No  Admit Card will be sent by post.

In case the photograph is not printed clear on the e-admit cards, candidates are advised to carry three (3) photographs (one identical photograph for each session) along with proof of identity such as Identity Card or Voter Identity Card or Passport or Driving License and printout of e-admit card at the venue of the Examination.
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