The 66th Railway Week award distribution of Southern Railway was held today, 21st of October 2021 at ICF Dr. Ambedkar Arangam, Chennai. Railway Week is celebrated all over the Indian Railway network from 10th to 16th of April every year. The celebrations are held in commemoration of the first train run on Indian soil on 16th April, 1853 from BoriBunder to Thane. Due to Pandemic situation this year Railway Week award distribution could not be organised during April.
Shri John Thomas, General Manager, Southern Railway was the Chief Guest of the function and distributed Shields to various Divisions/ Departments/ Workshops and Individual/Group Awards to officers and staff for their meritorious performance in the presence of Shri B.G Mallya, Additional General Manager, Southern Railway. Principal Heads of Departments, Divisional Railway Managers of all the six Divisions, Dr. Bina John, President, Southern Railway Women’s Headquarters Organisation, Smt. Renuka G. Mallya, Vice President, SRWHQO, Representatives of the Labour Unions, Officers and Staffs of all 6 divisions participated in the function. Keeping in view the Covid Restrictions, the crowd was limited and the function was telecast live for the benefit of the Press and Media, Railway Officers and Staffs and their families and public
Shri Aaivu, Chief Personnel Officer (Admin), Southern Railway welcomed the gathering.
Speaking at the function, Shri John Thomas, General Manager, Southern Railway lauded the employees of Southern Railway for their commendable performance and dedication to duty during the times of crisis. He highlighted the key achievements of Southern Railway during 2020-21 and how the pandemic situation was utilized productively by the zone to complete major infrastructural and safety works.
35 Efficiency Shields were awarded to Divisions/Workshops/Units for outstanding performance in different areas of railway working for the year 2020-21.34 Gazetted and 134 non-gazetted staff were honoured with General Manager’s (Individual) Awards. 9 groups consisting of 64 employees were given ‘Group Awards’.
General Manager’s Inter Divisional overall Efficiency Shield was bagged by Salem Division. Shri Gautam Srinivas, Divisional Railway Manager received the Shield from the General Manager. Tiruchchirappalli Division bagged the Runners up Shield for Overall Efficiency and was received by Shri Manish Agarwal, Divisional Railway Manager, Tiruchchirappalli.
Among other performance efficiency shields, Chennai Division bagged Commercial Efficiency Shield and the newly introduced Integrity Shield for Vigilance. Salem Division bagged Engineering, Electrical, Mechanical, Accounts and Safety Shields. Madurai Division bagged Operating, Medical, Manpower Planning, Stores, Planning-Work Study Efficiency Shields and Inter-Divisional Rajbhasha Rolling Shield. Thiruvanathapuram Division bagged Security, Signal and Telecommunication, Personnel and Electrical Energy conservation Shields.
Among workshops, Golden Rock Workshop won the Green Shield for adopting various energy efficient and eco-friendly practices while Signal & Telecom Workshop at Podanur won Personnel Efficiency Shield in workshops category.
An audio visual, ‘Southern Railway: Progress amid the Pandemic’, was played during the event showcasing the robust initiatives and concerted efforts of the zone in handling the COVID situation and lockdown.
YouTube link to the video is as under :https://youtu.be/tOjYzW70oZg )
The event concluded with the vote of thanks proposed by Shri A. Narayanan, Chief Personnel Officer (IR), Southern Railway.