- The current number of members on the Indian Railways Board is 200, which is soon to be reduced to 150
- Director level and above employees are going to be shifted to zonal railways
- The plan was first brought about during the Atul Bajpayee government in 2000
- This change is a part of the Railway Minister 100 day agenda and has become a top priority
- The strength and deployment of peons will be reviewed and only the bare minimum will be deployed
The Indian Railways is going to downsize their board member size by 25%. The current number of members is 200, which will be reduced to 150 employees, mainly to improve efficiency.
How will the Board be downsized?
All members of the Railways Board, above the director level, will be shifted to the zonal railways. In this way, 50 members will now become a part of the Zonal Railways board.
This decision was earlier brought up by the Atul Bajpayee government in 2000. According to the officials, this is a long-overdue decision as it was felt that too many people were doing the same job, and there was a need for more senior officials in zonal railways. This move would thus help improve the working efficiency of the Railways.
The execution of this plan is now of utmost priority and is to be set into motion shortly. The move forms a part of the Railways Minister Piyush Goyal’s 100-day agenda.
This kind of restructuring was also suggested by the Bibek Debroy Committee on Indian Railways in 2015. They stated that the current status of the Board was affecting the railway’s work culture and its ability to achieve goals efficiently.
The official who made this announcement also says that this decision has been delayed because of a lack of political will to achieve the right sizing of the Board. The Minister, Goyal has also instructed to review staff and to use surplus only in operational work. The strength and deployment of peons should be reviewed and only the bare minimum should be deployed.