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746/2023-24 18-12-2023
Union Minister for Railways, Shri Ashwini Vaishnaw Confers ‘Ati Vishisht Rail Seva Puraskar’ as part of 68th Raiwlay Week Celebrations SR General Manager receives Overall Commercial & Safety Efficiency shields from Hon’ble MR along with PHODs

Union Minister for Railways, Shri Ashwini Vaishnaw Confers ‘Ati Vishisht Rail Seva Puraskar’ as part of 68th Raiwlay Week Celebrations

SR General Manager receives Overall Commercial & Safety Efficiency shields from Hon’ble MR along with PHODs

9 individual awardees of Southern Railway receive awards for meritorious performance from Hon’ble MR

The Union Minister of Railways, Communications & Electronics and Information Technology, Shri Ashwini Vaishnaw today conferred the ‘Ati Vishisht Rail Seva Puraskar’ (AVRSP) o­n 100 Railway Employees from various Zones/Divisions, Production Units & Railway PSUs all over the country for their outstanding services. He also presented 21 Shields for promoting best practices among Railway employees. The Awards/Shields were presented at the 68th Railway Week Central Function, organised at Bharat Mandapam at Pragati Maidan in New Delhi. Chairperson & CEO and Members of Railway Board, General Managers of Zonal Railways and heads of Production Units of Railways and PSUs of Railways were present o­n the occasion.

In her welcome remarks, the Chairperson, Railway Board, Ms. Jaya Varma Sinha said that Indian Railways has achieved remarkable feats in the past few years, such as 34 new Vande Bharat trains for transporting passengers, 1309 stations redevelopment under Amrit Bharat which will improve overall experience and save time for passengers. Talking about Rail safety, the CRB said advanced technology is being used by railways to improve overall safety including kavach which is being implemented with speed and scale. Talking about the future, she said there are lots of novel initiatives for the future which we will implement, including Mission 3000 million tonnes of freight; increasing speed in GQGD; all Unconnected regions to be connected soon including north east and Jammu Kashmir. Congratulating the awardees, Ms. Sinha said that “Excellence and commitment of all these awardees is taking railways to new heights”. “Railways will play a key role in making India ‘Viksit bharat’ or a developed nation” she added.

Addressing the gathering after conferring the awards, the Union Minister for Railways, Shri Ashwini Vaishnaw congratulated the awardees for their exceptional work and effort. He said the transformation work is going o­n at full pace in Railways under the leadership of Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi.  He said “More electrification has been done in 9.5 years than in the past 40 years. The big picture behind this is when in 2015 PM merged the railways budget with general budget, interest/ capital charge had to be paid o­n the rail grant and it removed all financial hindrances for the railways. Lack of Investment, which was the biggest problem for railways, is now a thing of the past."

The Union Minister asserted that “People’s expectations with the railways are being fulfilled now. The PM often says this is the golden period of railways and you all are the strength behind this. This commitment of all railway employees makes everyone feel proud that we are all doing this for our nation. Railway infrastructure is being developed at record speed and scale. Several new things are happening which are helping achieve a strategic goal.”

Talking about the massive potential savings in logistics costs, Shri Vaishnaw said “Such transportation, if done by road, involves higher costs along with fuel cost. As per an estimate, there will be 3000 Million tonnes of new cargo, and if railway gets half of it then it will potentially save 16,000 crore litre of fuel and Rs. 1,28,000 crore will be saved through this which will be a big achievement and saving for the nation.”

Elaborating o­n the economic growth of the nation, the Union Minister said that in 2014, India was o­n 10th spot in global economies while in 2004, India was already in the 10th spot and therefore, it was a lost decade. Now, India is at the 5th place and in the coming years, under the leadership and vision of Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi, India will soon achieve the 3rd position.

Southern Railway: Shields & Awards

Southern Railway has been selected as winners of the overall Commercial efficiency and the overall Safety shield jointly with East Coast Railway and North East Frontier Railway respectively.

Shri R.N. Singh, General Manager and Ms. Neenu Ittyerah, Principal Chief Commercial Manager, Southern Railway received the Commercial Efficiency Shield from Hon’ble Minister of Railways in the presence of Ms. Jaya Varma Sinha, Chairperson & CEO of Railway Board.  The Safety Efficiency Shield was received by the General Manager along with Shri Somesh Kumar, Principal Chief Safety Officer, Southern Railway.

The nine individual awardees also received their awards for meritorious service from Hon’ble Minister.  They are Shri K. Veeraperumal, Track Maintainer, Shri M.K Sudheesh Kumar, Loco Pilot, Shri T. Selva Kumar, Dy. Chief Ticketing Inspector, Shri Deshidi Madhusudhan Reddy, RPF Inspector, Shri A. Selvaraja, Sr. Section Engineer, Avadi EMU Car Shed, Shri E. Hari Krishnan, IRTS, Senior Divisional Commercial Manager & Shri S. Mayileri, Sr Divisional Engineer,  Chennai Division, Shri S.Mariappan, AXSTE/ Projects/ Chennai Egmore, Smt. Durgadevi Vijayakumar, Chief Nursing Superintendent, Perambur Railway Hospital.  The awardees expressed pride and thanked the Railways for conferring the highest recognition upon a railway employee.


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