Interim Report of the Committee for Mobilization of Resources for Major Railway Projects and Restructuring of Railway Ministry and Railway Board

On the 22nd September 2014 (Office Order No. ERB-I/2014/23/39), the Ministry of Railways (Railway Board) constituted a Committee for making recommendations for the mobilization of resources for major railway projects and restructuring of Railway Ministry and Railway Board. The specific terms of reference (TOR) of this Committee state: “(i) Reorganizing and restructuring the Board and subsequently the Department so that policy making and operations are separated, the Department does not work in silos, policy making focuses on long term and medium term planning issues and operations focuses on day-to-day functioning of the Organization; (ii) Promote exchange of Officers between the Railways and other departments; (iii) Estimate financial needs of the Railways and ensure appropriate frameworks and policies are in place to raise resources, both internally and from outside the Government, to enable Railways to meet the demands of the future; and (iv) Examine and suggest modalities for implementing the existing Cabinet decision on setting up a Rail Tariff Authority and give recommendations.” Especially in view of (i) and (iii), the TOR is fairly broad and, de facto, amounts to a blueprint for reforming the Indian Railways.

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