New Delhi: In a unique move, the Indian Railways will conduct classes for its officers on ethics and integrity to bring about a change in their attitude. These nationwide classes will help them in dealing with ethical dilemmas in life through insightful real-life stories.
Apart from this, they will be taught leadership styles which would encourage them to say “yes or no” instead of “maybe” while dealing with governance issues.
An official said that the first class will be held at the Rail Museum in Chanakyapuri on July 27 for 150 officers and supervisors each from the Railway’s 17 zones.
The Railway Board Chairman Ashwani Lohani would be the keynote speaker, while former cabinet secretary Prabhat Kumar, former education secretary Anil Swarup and former Member (Traffic) Railway Board, Shanti Narayan have been invited as other speakers.
According to a senior official, the railways is planning to hold such classes in every zone and accordingly a schedule will be mapped out to accommodate as many officials as possible.
Ashwani Lohani confirmed that the aim of these classes is to cover every staff member and the officials will be taught the basics of ethical behaviour in governance.
Monitor your food with live streaming feature
In a first of its kind initiative to increase transparency, the Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation now allows passengers to live-stream base kitchens to see how the food served on trains is actually prepared.
Railways minister Piyush Goyal suggested the idea at a review meeting recently.
How will this new project work?
•High-definition CCTV cameras have been installed in kitchens to detect anomalies.
•Powered by artificial intelligence, these cameras notify individuals concerned about irregularity in hygiene standards of the kitchen, like chefs not wearing uniforms, or presence of rodents.
•The kitchen manager will be held responsible if the software generates a ticket.
•Passengers can access the live-streaming feature on IRCTC’s website.
Now, NO need of ID proofs on trains!
￼Railways have now said that they will accept soft copies of Aadhar and driving licence provided they are in your DigiLocker, a digital storage service operated by the govt that enables citizens to store official documents on cloud.
￼It has sent a missive to all zonal principal chief commercial managers that these two ID proofs on such service will be accepted as valid proof of identity of a passenger.