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Railway Minister exhorts job aspirants to apply for 1 lakh Railways Jobs

Union Railways Minister Piyush Goyal on Wednesday exhorted job aspirants to apply for more than one lakh vacancies in the railways.

In a tweet, Goyal said, “More than one lakh job openings are available, visit Railway Recruitment Board website and apply.”

These vacancies are in Ahmedabad, Ajmer, Allahabad, Bangalore, Bhopal, Bhubaneshwar, Bilaspur, Chandigarh, Chennai, Gorakhpur, Guwahati, Jammu, Kolkata, Malda, Mumbai, Muzaffarpur, Patna, Ranchi, Secunderabad, Siliguri, and Trivendrum.

Out of these one lakh vacancies, 62,907 are Group- D posts.

“Opportunities for the youth in the Railways: For the 62, 907 posts of Group-D, the Railways have started recruitment process for the high school and ITI pass-outs,” Goyal tweeted.

He added that the eligible candidates can apply for these posts. The last date for application is March 12, 2018.

Railways targets Training of 30,000 Apprentices in its 16 Zonal Units and 7 Production Units

As part of Skill India initiative, Ministry of Railways has been contributing in a big way to provide training to Apprentices in various disciplines training in categories like Fitter, Turner, Machinist, Welder, Painter, Carpenter, Electrician, Refrigerator and AC Mechanic, Mechanic (Motor Vehicle/Diesel) etc., since long.  Ministry of Railways has kept a target of training of 30 thousand Apprentices in its 16 Zonal Units and 7 Production Units.

For the year 2017-18, about 26,000 training slots for Apprenticeship training have been notified.  This is in addition to over 4000 persons already undergoing training in various establishments.  An Employment Notification has been issued earlier in the week for recruitment of 62,907 staff in Level 1 pay scale and out of these, apprentices trained in Railway establishments will be given preference to the tune of over 12,000 vacancies which is in line with the recent amendments made in the Apprentices Act, 1961

With a large set up of Workshops and Production Units, Indian Railways has been in the forefront of implementation of the Apprentices Act, 1961.  Railway Workshops have been imparting Apprentices. A large number of Apprentices were turned out from these Workshops and Production Units every year who were certified and granted the NCVT (National Council for Vocational Training) Certificate, making them employable for jobs in industry as well as for posts in Railways.  In this way, the Indian Railways is contributing to Skill India.

Railway recognizes that skill development of the labour force is an important component of development of Human Resources.  It is crucial for the industrial development of the country.  Skill training imparted through formal institutions alone is not sufficient to make the labour force fully skilled.  This needs to be supplemented by training in the actual work place.

Apprentices’ Training consists of Basic Training and On-the-Job Training/Practical Training at workplace.  Basic training is an essential component of apprenticeship training for those who have not undergone any institutional training/skill before taking up on-the-job training/practical training.  It counts for 20-30% of overall duration of Apprenticeship Training.  The component of on-the-job training is performed and undertaken in the establishment itself.

Elphinstone Stampede: WR approach RCT for formation of Special Bench and to expedite Settlement of Claims

Western Railway has ensured suitable steps to expedite settlement of claims by the families of Elphinstone Road stampede victims. In this regard, necessary request has also been made to Railway Board to further request Hon’ble Chairman of Railway Claims Tribunals Principle Bench for formation of the Special Bench to facilitate expeditious settlement of claims pertaining to the this unfortunate incident.

According to a WR press release issued by Shri Ravinder Bhakar, Chief Public Relations officer of Western Railway, Railway Board has also been requested for necessary intervention of Railway Board and direction for an early settlement of compensation to the affected families of injured and diseased persons through Railway Claims Tribunal. It is worth mentioning that Western Railway had also organized a guidance camp for relatives/victims of the above incident from 9th Oct, 2017 to 11th Oct, 2017.

Besides this Commercial Inspectors and Law Assistants were also deployed to visit the residences of victims and to explain to them about their right of claiming compensation for death/injury as the case may be and they were suitably explained the procedure of claiming compensation from Tribunal. The copy of prescribed form was also distributed to the family of each victim. Similarly, on special request, Divisional Railway Manager of Mumbai Central Division, Chief Security Commissioner/Churchgate and Commissioner of Police expedited the process of the investigation report which is required for adjudication and is a statutory requirement of Railway Claims Tribunal.

In this unfortunate incident of stampede, 23 victims have lost their lives, 5 persons were grievously injured and 33 persons have suffered simple injury. As per the announcement of Hon’ble Minister of Railways, an enhanced Ex – gratia of Rs. 5,00,000/- to the next of kin of each deceased, Rs. 1,00,000/- to each of the person who sustained grievous injury and Rs. 50,000/- to each of the person who sustained simple injury, have already been disbursed by Western Railway with details as below:

TypeNo. of casesNo. of cases paidPaid @ RsTotal Amount paidPending cases
Simple Injury333250,00016,00,0001**
Grievous Injury551,00,0005,00,0000
Death23235,00,0001,15,00,0000
Grand Total1,36,00,0001

** (Left Hospital on his own without taking discharge, contact details not available.)

पश्चिम रेलवे द्वारा एलफिंस्टन रोड हादसे में प्रभावित परिवारों के दावों के शीघ्र निपटारे के लिए स्पेशल बेंच के गठन का अनुरोध

पश्चिम रेलवे ने एलफिंस्टन रोड स्टेशन पर 29 सितम्बर, 2017 को घटे दुर्भाग्यपूर्ण हादसे में प्रभावित व्यक्तियों के परिवारजनों द्वारा किये गये दावों के शीघ्र निपटारे के लिए विभिन्न स्तरों पर हरसम्भव प्रयास सुनिश्चित किये हैं। इस सम्बंध में रेलवे बोर्ड से अनुरोध किया गया है कि इस दुर्भाग्यपूर्ण घटना से सम्बंधित दावों के तेज़ी से निपटारे को सुनिश्चित करने हेतु स्पेशल बेंच का गठन करने के लिए रेल दावा अधिकरण की प्रधान बेंच के माननीय चेयरमैन से आग्रह किया जाये।

पश्चिम रेलवे के मुख्य जनसम्पर्क अधिकारी श्री रविंद्र भाकर द्वारा प्रेस विज्ञप्ति के अनुसार रेलवे बोर्ड से इस सम्बंध में आवश्यक हस्तक्षेप करने तथा इस दुर्भाग्यपूर्ण हादसे में घायल एवं मृतक व्यक्तियों के प्रभावित परिवारों के दावों के जल्दी निस्तारण में रेल दावा अधिकरण को समुचित निर्देश देने का आग्रह किया गया है। उल्लेखनीय है कि पश्चिम रेलवे द्वारा 9 अक्टूबर से 11 अक्टूबर, 2017 तक इस हादसे में प्रभावित व्यक्तियों/परिवारजनों के लिए एक गाइडेंस कैम्प का आयोजन भी किया गया था। इसके अतिरिक्त पश्चिम रेलवे द्वारा अपने वाणिज्य निरीक्षकों एवं विधि सहायकों को प्रभावितों के घरों पर भेजा गया था, जिन्होंने रेल दावा अधिकरण में क्षतिपूर्ति के दावे की प्रक्रिया और मृतकों/घायलों की स्थिति के अनुसार क्षतिपूर्ति का दावा करने के अधिकार के बारे में सभी को सही ढंग से विस्तारपूर्वक समझाया।

प्रभावितों के परिवारों को इस क्षतिपूर्ति दावे के लिए निर्धारित फॉर्म की प्रतिलिपियाँ भी वितरित की गईं। इसी प्रकार विशेष अनुरोध पर पश्चिम रेलवे के मुंबई मंडल के मंडल रेल प्रबंधक, प्रमुख सुरक्षा आयुक्त/चर्चगेट तथा मुंबई के पुलिस कमिश्नर कार्यालयों द्वारा अनुसंधान रिपोर्ट की प्रक्रिया को तेज़ी से पूरा किया गया, जो न्यायिक स्तर पर निर्णय लेने एवं रेल दावा अधिकरण की इस सम्बंध में प्रशासनिक आवश्यकताओं की पूर्ति के लिए बहुत ज़रूरी है। इस दुर्भाग्यपूर्ण घटना में 23 व्यक्तियों ने अपनी जान गंवाई, 5 व्यक्ति गम्भीर रूप से घायल हुए तथा 33 व्यक्तियों को सामान्य चोटें आई थीं। माननीय रेल मंत्री द्वारा की गई घोषणा के अनुसार प्रत्येक मृतक के करीबी सम्बंधी को 5 लाख रु., गम्भीर रूप से घायल प्रत्येक व्यक्ति को 1 लाख रु. तथा सामान्य रूप से घायल प्रत्येक व्यक्ति को 50 हज़ार रु. की विशेष तौर पर बढ़ाई गई अनुग्रह राशि पश्चिम रेलवे द्वारा काफी पहले निम्नानुसार वितरित की जा चुकी हैः-

मामले का प्रकारमामलों की कुलसंख्याभुगतान किये गयेमामलों की संख्याभुगतान राशिकुल भुगतान राशिलम्बित मामले
सामान्य रूप से घायल333250,00016,00,0001**
गम्भीर रूप से घायल551,00,0005,00,0000
मृतक23235,00,0001,15,00,0000
कुल योग1,36,00,0001

** (यह व्यक्ति बिना डिस्चार्ज लिये अपनी मर्जी से अस्पताल से चला गया, जिसका सम्पर्क विवरण उपलब्ध नहीं है।)

Chairman/Railway Board visits Jamalpur Workshop, address Probationers at IRIMEE, inspects Railway Stations

Ashwani Lohani, Chairman, Railway Board (CRB) inspected Eastern Railway’s Jamalpur station and Jamalpur Workshop today along with Harindra Rao, General Manager, Eastern Railway.

Lohani along with Ravindra Gupta, Member (Rolling Stock), Railway Board thoroughly inspected all the wings of Jamalpur Workshop and enquired about the quality output. Chief Workshop Manager, Jamalpur and other officers of the workshop apprised Chairman, Railway Board about the progress and good work done by Eastern Railway’s Jamalpur Workshop.

Lohani also visited the Indian Railway Institute of Mechanical & Electrical Engineering (IRIMEE) at Jamalpur and joined the Annual Day celebration at IRIMEE as the Chief Guest. Addressing on the occasion, the Chairman, Railway Board, Lohani encouraged the trainee engineers & probationers at IRIMEE to become the most efficient engineers in Railways. CRB also handed over prizes & certificates to the probationers & trainee engineers for their outstanding performance.

General Manager, Eastern Railway and Chief Workshop Manager and Director IRIMEE accompanied CRB during his visit to IRIMEE. Ashwani Lohani, Chairman , Railway Board addressed on the occasion of Annual Day’ celebration of Indian Railways Institute of Mechanical & Electrical Engineering (IRIMEE) at Jamalpur today.

Ashwani Lohani, Chairman, Railway Board (CRB) flagged off a new goods rake at Jamalpur Workshop in presence of Ravindra Gupta, Member (Rolling Stock), Railway Board, Harindra Rao, General Manager, Eastern Railway and A.K. Pandey, Chief Workshop Manager, Jamalpur.

Ashwani Lohani, Chairman, Railway Board (CRB) and Ravindra Gupta, Member (Rolling Stock), Railway Board inspected Jamalpur Workshop today in presence of Harindra Rao, General Manager, Eastern Railway and A.K. Pandey, Chief Workshop Manager, Jamalpur.

श्री अश्विनी लोहानी, चेयरमैन, रेलवे बोर्ड द्वारा जमालपुर स्टेशन और जमालपुर वर्कशॉप का निरीक्षण, इरिमी के वार्षिकोत्‍सव में किया प्रशिक्षु इंजीनियरों को संबोधित

हाजीपुर: आज दिनांक 14.02.2018 को रेलवे बोर्ड के चेयरमैन श्री अश्विनी लोहानी ने जमालपुर स्टेशन और जमालपुर कार्यशाला का निरीक्षण किया. इस अवसर पर श्री रवींद्र गुप्ता, सदस्य/रोलिंग स्टॉक, रेलवे बोर्ड एवं पूर्व रेलवे के महाप्रबंधक श्री हरिन्द्र राव भी उपस्थित थे.

श्री लोहानी ने जमालपुर वर्कशॉप की सभी शाखाओं का गहन निरीक्षण किया एवं गुणवत्ता संबंधी जानकारी ली । इस अवसर पर श्री ए.के.पाण्‍डेय, मुख्य वर्कशॉप प्रबंधक ने जमालपुर वर्कशॉप की प्रगति एवं किये गये उल्‍लेखनीय कार्यों से श्री लोहानी को अवगत कराया.

श्री लोहानी ने जमालपुर में भारतीय रेलवे इंस्टीट्यूट ऑफ मैकेनिकल एंड इलेक्ट्रिकल इंजीनियरिंग (IRIMEE) का भी दौरा किया और मुख्य अतिथि के रूप में इरिमी के वार्षिकोत्‍सव समारोह में शामिल हुए । अपने संबोधन में श्री लोहानी ने प्रशिक्षु इंजीनियरों और परिवीक्षार्थियों को रेलवे के सबसे कुशल इंजीनियर बनने के लिए प्रोत्साहित किया। इस अवसर पर श्री लोहानी द्वारा उत्कृष्ट प्रदर्शन करने वाले परिवीक्षाधीन और प्रशिक्षु इंजीनियरों को पुरस्कार और प्रमाण पत्र भी प्रदान किया गया.

इसके साथ ही रेलवे बोर्ड के अध्यक्ष श्री अश्वनी लोहानी द्वारा रेलवे बोर्ड के सदस्य (रॉलिंग स्टॉक) श्री रविंद्र गुप्ता, पूर्व रेलवे के महाप्रबंधक श्री हरिंद्र राव एवं मुख्‍य वर्कशॉप मैनेजर, जमालपुर श्री ए.के.पाण्डेय की उपस्थिती में जमालपुर वर्कशॉप में एक नये गुड्स रैक को हरी झंडी दिखायी गयी.

GM/SR called on Chief Secretary of Tamil Nadu

Shri R.K. Kulshrestha, General Manager, Southern Railway called on Smt. Girija Vaidhyanathan, Chief Secretary of Tamil Nadu Government today (14.02.2018).

During the meeting, General Manager, Southern Railway updated the Chief Secretary regarding the various development works progressing over Southern Railway.  He also sought the State Government’s support to speed up the various projects and works being undertaken in Tamil Nadu.

The General Manager was accompanied by Shri L. Sudhakar Rao, Chief Administrative Officer / Construction and Shri S. Ramasubbu, Principal Chief Electrical Engineer.

Architect Hafeez Contractor Offers To Design 19 Railway Stations For Free

Noted architect Hafeez Contractor has offered to design 19 train stations across the country for free, including several in Mumbai, as part of a redevelopment project being rolled out by the Indian Railways.

Sanjeev Kumar Lohia, Managing Director and Chief Executive officer of the Indian Railway Stations Development Corporation Limited (IRSDC), the nodal agency for redeveloping 600 railway stations, said Mr Contractor was among four who had offered to design railway stations free of cost.

 Among the stations Contractor has offered to redesign are Dadar, Parel, Wadala, Bandra and Khar in Mumbai.

“We had an open invitation for professionals to work pro-bono for developing concepts and master plans for redevelopment of stations. Hafeez Contractor has shown an interest in 19 stations,” Mr Lohia said.

He said the corporation had received such offers from another noted architect and two firms.

However, we have not finalised any of the designs yet. It is at a preliminary stage,” he said.

Mr Contractor, who recently had discussions with Railway Minister Piyush Goyal, told news agency PTI that the pro-bono offer was his way of “helping my country”.

“The very reason that we (he and his firm) are doing it for free is to show them (the government) what can be done,” the Padma Bhushan awardee said.

“Normally, what happens is that all government jobs are given to those who quote the lowest tenders, who then do a lousy job. That way both the government and the country suffer. This is my way of helping the country and to tell them what standards have to be to be met,” said Mr Contractor, known for his eclectic style and iconic buildings.

Among the others who have offered to do pro-bono work is architect-activist, P K Das, one of the foremost voices on preservation of open spaces in Mumbai. Two other architecture firms have also shown an interest.
After redevelopment of stations, the railways plans to remain in the business of only running trains, leaving the management of stations to private players.

Under the current station redevelopment plan, the railways allocates operation and maintenance of stations to the developers, including of toilets on platforms, vendors, food stalls, parking and waiting rooms.

Railway Jobs 2018: Major Changes in Eligibility Criteria, Exam Norms

With the changed eligibility and exam norms it seems the biggest recruitment of the year, will facilitate participation of the largest portion of government job aspirants in the country. Soon after the Ministry of Railways decided to cut down the age limit for few posts advertised through CEN 01/ 2018 notification, it has further decided to reduce the educational qualification required for the posts. As per the recent update given by the Ministry, candidates with class 10th pass or ITI (Industrial Training Institute) degree or NCTVT (National Council for Training in the Vocational Trades) degree would be deemed eligible to apply for the jobs in Level 1 Group C & D.

Online application submission dates have been extended till 31 March for both CEN 01/ 2018 and CEN 02/ 2018 notifications.

More than 89000 vacancies are open for recruitment under various Railway Recruitment Boards (RRBs) in the country.

GPT Infraprojects secures Order worth Rs.129 Crore from Eastern Railway

GPT Infraprojects has bagged an order worth Rs 129 crore from Eastern Railways. The company has currently has orders in hand worth Rs 2089 crore including cumulative order inflow of Rs 673 crore in the current financial year.

GPT Infraprojects gained 2.84% to Rs 197.30 at 12:45 IST on BSE after the company said that it has bagged an order valued Rs 129 crore from Eastern Railway.

The announcement was made during market hours today, 14 February 2018.

Meanwhile, the S&P BSE Sensex was down 39.50 points or 0.12% at 34,260.97. The S&P BSE Small-Cap index was up 124.95 points or 0.68% at 18,588.33.

On the BSE, 2,567 shares were traded on the counter so far as against the average daily volumes of 52,281 shares in the past one quarter. The stock had hit a high of Rs 203.90 and a low of Rs 188.25 so far during the day. The stock had hit a record high of Rs 247.25 on 16 January 2018.
The stock had hit a 52-week low of Rs 101.30 on 2 March 2017.

The stock had underperformed the market over the past 30 days till 12 February 2018, falling 11.96% compared with 0.84% fall in the Sensex. The scrip, however, outperformed the market in past one quarter, gaining 17.7% as against Sensex’s 4.12% rise. The scrip also outperformed the market in past one year, advancing 56.04% as against Sensex’s 20.98% rise.

The small-cap company has equity capital of Rs 29.09 crore. Face value per share is Rs 10.

GPT Infraprojects said that it has bagged an order valued Rs 129 crore from Eastern Railway for construction of new rail bridge in West Bengal. The contract completion period is 24 months. The company has current orders in hand of nearly Rs 2089 crore including cumulative order inflow of Rs 673 crore in the current financial year.

GPT Infraprojects’ consolidated net profit jumped 91.61% to Rs 6.17 crore on 10.79% rise in total income to Rs 118.66 crore in Q3 December 2017 over Q3 December 2016.

GPT Infraprojects is an infrastructure company engaged in the execution of civil and infrastructure projects and manufacture of concrete sleeper for Railways.

GPT Infraprojects Limited, the flagship company of the GPT Group is a premier Infrastructure company based out of Kolkata, India engaged in the execution of civil and infrastructure projects and manufacture of concrete sleeper for Railways. The entity has strong project execution capabilities, a healthy financial base, and enviable growth prospects across all areas of operation.

The shares of the Company are listed on National Stock Exchange of India Limited and BSE Limited.

The manufacturing units of the company are located at Panagarh (Dist Burdwan, West Bengal, India), Ladysmith (KZN, South Africa) and Tsumeb (Namibia).

The Company is an ISO 9001:2000 certified organization. The Panagarh unit of the Company is approved by Research Design and Standards Organization (RDSO), Ministry of Railways, India.

GM/SR called on Chief Secretary of Tamil Nadu

Shri R.K. Kulshrestha, General Manager, Southern Railway called on Smt. Girija Vaidhyanathan, Chief Secretary of Tamil Nadu Government today (14.02.2018).

During the meeting, General Manager, Southern Railway updated the Chief Secretary regarding the various development works progressing over Southern Railway.  He also sought the State Government’s support to speed up the various projects and works being undertaken in Tamil Nadu.

The General Manager was accompanied by Shri L. Sudhakar Rao, Chief Administrative Officer / Construction and Shri S. Ramasubbu, Principal Chief Electrical Engineer.

Mobile Ticketing through UTS App crosses One Million Trips in a Month for the first time in Chennai Division

Southern Railway’s Chennai Division has been catering to the demands of short distance commuters by operating over 700 services daily.

The dedicated suburban corridor covers 90 stations in Chennai and its vicinity. There is a noteworthy increase in the number of passengers using train services during January 2018 and there is a 36% growth in the number of passengers who book tickets through UTS mobile App. Using this app, a person can book suburban tickets including season tickets using Net enabled Android/Windows phone.

The UTS on Mobile tickets was launched in January 2015. Mobile UTS paperless ticketing was launched in April 2015 over the Chennai Egmore – Tambaram Suburban section. This was later extended to the entire suburban section in June 2015. Then this facility was extended to Season Tickets also. Later, Geo-fencing (for paperless tickets) were extended upto Tirumalpur, Tiruttani, and Sulurpettah during December 2016. Paper ticket though mobile app extended to non-suburban stations (non-geo fenced area) also from December 2016.

After UTS on Mobile was introduced in 2015, during the month of May 2015, the total number of passengers using UTS on Mobile were 9732. Today, the total number of passengers using UTS on Mobile has crossed 1 Million with 10,31,029 passengers having used UTS on Mobile in January 2018.

OCR machines (optical character recognition) provided at Chennai Central, Chennai Egmore, Tambaram, Chennai Beach and Guindy stations are the latest in the Mobile Apps. These machines take print out of mobile app paper tickets by recoginising the details in customers mobile. This is an addition to already available avenues like ATVM and Railway UTS counters to take print out of mobile app tickets.

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