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Arbitrary, betrayal — officers outrage over Modi govt move to merge railway services

Modi govt has decided to combine all 8 railway services into a single Indian Railways Management Service, leading to an uproar from 3 of the services.
Indian Railways (Representational image) | Commons

Cabinet approves Railways reform — okays single cadre to pave way for major overhaul

Subject experts from outside government service can now be taken on board as Independent members of Railways Board, says minister Piyush Goyal. 

After complaints from employees, Tejas Express crew get salary hike and weekly-off  

Brandavan Food Products, a private vendor IRCTC has hired to handle hospitality services aboard Tejas Express, has not reinstated 20 employees it had dismissed.
An employee standing at the window looks out over construction sites from the Amazon.com Inc. office campus in Hyderabad

Indians want govts to be run like corporations, but this is why a country is not a company

Former civil servants Vijay Kelkar and Ajay Shah write that we in India revere success and wealth. We assume good HR practices in TCS will work in govt.
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Modi govt brings Northeast rail infra on track, but land issues could hurt progress

Average annual expenditure on new lines, gauge conversion and doubling infrastructure in Northeast saw a 126% jump in the last 5 years.

Railways operating ratio worst in 10 years, close to negative balance: CAG

The national auditor report showed the Indian Railways was spending Rs 98.44 to earn Rs 100, and has also been unable to meet its operational cost of passenger services and other coaching services.
Rajdhani express (representative image)

Railways to hike meal prices on Rajdhani, Shatabdi, Duronto trains

Prices of tea and meals in first class compartments will be higher by around Rs 5 - Rs 15, according to the Railways Board.
Accident site where a Multi-Modal Transport System (MMTS) train collided with a passenger train between Kacheguda and Malakpet stations, in Hyderabad on 11 Nov

Human error may have caused Hyderabad train collision that trapped driver for 8 hours

The driver, who is on ventilator at a private hospital, has been booked on charges including endangering public safety.
A vendor selling Rail Neer plastic water bottles at Jaipur Junction

Modi govt plans to replace plastic water bottles with aluminium or steel cans in trains

Consumer affairs ministry’s proposal could first be tested on premium trains such as Tejas Express & Vande Bharat Express. Experts are, however, are sceptical about move.
Once the new IRCTC service kicks in, passengers will be able to book the excess luggage and pay online.

Indian Railways passengers can soon book excess luggage on IRCTC website & avoid fines

By the end of the year, Indian Railways will introduce a new option on the IRCTC website to book luggage above free allowance limit.

On Camera

An employee sits on a video call at the Unicredit SpA headquarters in Milan

Why shrinking offices and hot-desking are bad ideas, Covid or no Covid

Employees’ demands for flexible working will include spacious offices. Given the relative savings, slashing floor space is a false economy.
Oil Facilities And Services Ahead Of Final Year Figures After Demonetization Induced Fluctuation

Diesel demand drop forces India to import gasoline as Covid skews output

The slump in diesel demand is forcing refineries to operate below capacity, but gasoline sales are back at pre-virus levels with people resorting to personal vehicles.

Defence

File image of the OFB pavilion at DefExpo 2016 | Representational image | Twitter | @SpokespersonMoD

Army says ‘poor quality’ Ordnance Board ammo, mines have cost India Rs 960 crore since 2014

Pointing out these shortcomings in an internal assessment, the Army has thrown its weight behind government plans to corporatise the OFB to make it more efficient.
Narendra Modi and Amit Shah | File photo: T. Narayan | Bloomberg

Partners dispensable in Modi-Shah construct if they do not bring additional votes

In the Modi-Shah construct, if partners do not bring additional votes, they are dispensable. However old or loyal, either they become supplicants, or die.