Indian Railways Needs Investment From All Possible Sources For Speedy Development of Infrastructure -Suresh Prabhu
The Centre for Transportation Research and Management (CTRAM), New Delhi, an autonomous body of Transport Professionals, organized the 15thNational Seminar on ‘PPP and FDI in Indian Railways’ on 19th January, 2015 at the Indoor Auditorium of Indian Railway Institute of Signal Engineering and Telecommunication (IRISET), Tarnaka Road, Secunderabad. E. S. L. Narasimhan, Governor of Telangana and Andhra Pradesh was the Chief Guest. Suresh Prabhakar Prabhu, Minister for Railways presided over the inaugural session of the Seminar. Devi Prasad Pandey, Member Traffic, Railway Board & President, CTRAM and P. K. Shrivastava, General Manager, South Central Railway were amongst those present.
Addressing the audience comprising of delegates from across a wide spectrum of the Corporate sector, Public sector and senior Railway officials etc., Suresh Prabhu made a strong pitch to formulate the growth plans for Indian Railways on the basis of new ideas and innovative decisions to suit to the current realities. The need of the hour is to understand the symptoms ailing the organization first, correct identification of the problem areas next and then drawing up the required prescription for solution, he stated.
Noting that there are large number of demands from people/public representatives for new rail lines and more number of train services, the Railway Minister stated that the present infrastructure of Indian Railways is inadequate to cope up with these demands. The immediate requirement is to enhance the capacities on railways to decongest the routes and vertical expansion in cities towards upgrading the network / infrastructure, he added. As money is needed to modernize Indian Railways and also keeping in view the present fiscal constraints, Railways has to explore all possible means to mobilize resources to develop a high class infrastructure to cater to the future needs, stressed Shri Suresh Prabhakar Prabhu. He highlighted that Indian Railways needs investments – both financial and technological from various sources both within and outside. Towards this, Railways is exploring to draw investments from new sources such as foreign pension funds and other institutions, he stated.
COMMODITY-WISE FREIGHT REVENUE EARNINGS OF RAILWAYS GOES UP BY 12.23 PER CENT DURING APRIL-DECEMBER 2014
The Indian Railways has generated Rs. 75986.04 crore of revenue earnings from commodity-wise freight traffic during April-December 2014 as compared to Rs. 67705.11 crore during the corresponding period last year, registering an increase of 12.23 per cent. Railways carried 808.57 million tonnes of commodity-wise freight traffic during April-December 2014 as compared to 769.74 million tonnes carried during the corresponding period last year, registering an increase of 5.04 per cent.
During the month of December 2014, Railways generated Rs. 9775.45 crore as compared to Rs. 8635.38 crore during the same period last year, registering an increase of 13.20 per cent. Out of which, Rs. 4595.42 crore came from transportation of 48.91 million tonnes of coal, followed by Rs. 751.07 crore from 9.15 million tonnes of iron ore for exports, steel plants and for other domestic user, Rs. 778.12 crore from 9.08 million tonnes of cement, Rs. 723.46 crore from 4.37 million tonnes of food grains, Rs. 501.64 crore from 3.59 million tonnes of petroleum oil and lubricant (POL), Rs. 556.47 crore from 3.37 million tonnes of Pig iron and finished steel from steel plants and other points, Rs. 627.05 crore from 4.86 million tonnes of fertilizers, Rs. 162.86 crore from 1.56 million tonnes of raw material for steel plants except iron ore, Rs. 471.80 crore from 4.29 million tonnes by container service and Rs. 607.56 crore from 6.29 million tonnes of other goods.
Why Rly Sending The Empty Train From JU To BGKT ?
WHY RAILWAY ADMINISTRATION SENDING THE EMPTY TRAIN FROM JODHPUR TO BHAGAT-KI-KOTHI STATION? HERE AT JODHPUR PASSENGERS ARE WAITING FOR TRAIN. TRAIN NOS. ARE 16507 JU-SBC, 16533 JU-YPR, 11089 JU-PUNE AND 19066 JU-BDTS. WHY RAILWAY ADMINISTRATION DOING THIS SOCIAL CRIME? WHO WILL PAY FOR THIS CRIME? IS IT CHIEF OPERATING MANAGER, Mr. DEEPAK DAVE OR DGM Mr. TARUN JAIN OR ADRM Mr. ABHAY KUMAR GUPTA OR CPTM Mr. G. P. MEENA OR OPERATING MANAGER Mr. AJAY KUMAR SHARMA WHO SIGNED ON THE AUTHORITY LETTER WITHOUT PROPER INQUARY WHETHER REQUIRED OR NOT TO START THESE TRAINS FROM BGKT STATION IN-STEAD OF JU ? WHILE THREE PLATFORMS ARE VACANT AT 05.30 hours AT JU. PLATFORM NO. 2 FROM WHICH THESE TRAINS WERE OPERATED SINCE 1996 IS VACANT AT 05.30 HOURS ALWAYS.
SENDING THE EMPTY TRAIN FROM JODHPUR TO BHAGAT-KI-KOTHI STATION? HERE AT JODHPUR PASSENGERS ARE WAITING FOR TRAIN. TRAIN NOS. ARE 16507 JU-SBC, 16533 JU-YPR, 11089 JU-PUNE AND 19066 JU-BDTS. WHY ARE YOU DOING THIS SOCIAL CRIME? WHO WILL PAY FOR THIS CRIME? IS IT CHIEF OPERATING MANAGER, Mr. DEEPAK DAVE OR DGM Mr. TARUN JAIN OR ADRM Mr. ABHAY KUMAR GUPTA OR CPTM Mr. G. P. MEENA, OR OPERATING MANAGER Mr. AJAY KUMAR SHARMA WHO SIGNED ON THE AUTHORITY LETTER WITHOUT PROPER INQUARY WHETHER REQUIRED OR NOT TO START THESE TRAINS FROM BGKT STATION IN-STEAD OF JU ? WHILE THREE PLATFORMS ARE VACANT AT 05.30 hours AT JU. PLATFORM NO. 2 FROM WHICH THESE TRAINS WERE OPERATED SINCE 1996 IS VACANT AT 05.30 HOURS ALWAYS.
The matter is serious and the Railway is spending un-necessary on FUEL + MAN POWER because the EMPTY TRAIN BROUGHT TO JODHPUR AND SAME TRAIN IS EMPTY SEND TO BHAGAT KI-KOTHI. IT IS SURPRISE TO KNOW THAT A SINGEL WEEKLY TRAIN WHICH IS COMMING FROM EITHER BENGLURU OR PUNE OR BDTS AT 16.55 hours at Bhagat-ki-kothi station and could not enter jodhpur station. IF RAILWAY ADMINISTRATION NOT ENTER A SINGEL WEEKLY TRAIN COMMING FROM BENGLURU OR PUNE CITY OR BDTS station THEN HOW RAILWAY COULD OPERATE FUTURE TRAINS?
THANKS TO JAIPUR AND PUNE Senior DOM (Sr. DIVISIONAL OPERATING MANAGER) who are operating ten times more trains having FIVE PLATFORMS equal capicty to JODHPUR station. Have to learn from them how to operate maximum trains with the help of FIVE PLATFORMS. IT IS PRIMARY DUTY OF DRM OR COM TO MOTIVATE THE Sr.DOM.
Display of illegal posters in Suburban trains by Criminal Babas & others
On 17th January 2015 in the afternoon while travelling by the Suburban trains between Thane station of the Central Railway (CR), Mumbai Division and Dadar Station of the CR Mumbai Divn and later on alighting at Dadar Railway station of the CR, when I undertook journey to Charni Road Station of the Western Railway (WR) from Dadar station of the WR, I came across hundreds of illegal posters pasted in the coaches of the suburban trains of the CR and the WR by Criminal Babas.
In the CR's coach No. 1128A which was a ladies 1st class coach I came across nearly 15 illegal posters pasted by Baba Samir Samrat from Khar a suburb of the WR in coach Nos. 2108A & 2108C of the CST bound fast train which arrived in Thane station of the CR around 1506hrs. Phone Nos. of the said Baba are 9769532064, 9769542016. In the WR's Suburban train which arrived at Dadar railway station around 1600hrs. I noticed illegal posters of Baba Shahid Shah Malang from Malad West. Mobile Nos. of the said Baba are 9833623340 and 9819134062.
As Railway Administration and the RPF Administration of both the CR and the WR Mumbai Division have not shown necessary will to prosecute the criminal Babas, there is an alarming increase in the number of their illegal posters in the coaches of the both the railway's suburban trains. This has not only deprived the Indian Railway of considerable revenue by way of advertisement income, but it has also resulted in crimes on women by the Babas.
On 2nd December 2014, there was an article in the Mumbai edition of the Times of India regarding a lady commuter duped by a Baba. When the lady whose name has been mentioned in the said article noticed an advertisement by a Baba in the suburban train while travelling between Borivali and Jogeshwari stations of the WR, she approached him with a hope that he would provide cure to the problems which were being faced by her son. However as mentioned in the said article, when the Baba came to her house to perform certain rituals, the evil crafts which they possess resulted in the said lady commuter losing her golden ornaments valued at Rs. 2 lakhs.
SWR Organizes Intensified National Pulse Polio Program At Hubli
National Pulse Polio programme was organized by Health & Family Welfare Department at Railway Central Hospital, Gadag Road, Hubli on 18 January 2015. The program was inaugurated by lighting the lamp by Smt. Relly Mittal, President, SWR Women’s Welfare Organization (SWRWWO), Hubli Division and Sanjeev Mittal, Divisional Railway Manager, Hubli Division jointly in the presence of Dr. I. B. Mujahid, Medical Director, South Western Railway, Dr. Vilas K. G., Chief Health Director, SWR, Dr. M. N. Ramakanth, Chief Medical Superintendent, Hubli and Dr. V. K. Himachal, Additional Chief Medical Superintendent (Health & Family Welfare), Hubli.
Smt. Relly Mittal, President, SWR Women’s Welfare Organization (SWRWWO), Hubli Division seen inaugurating Pulse polio Immunization Program held at Railway Central Hospital, Hubli. Also seen Sanjeev Mittal, Divisional Railway Manager, Hubli Division, Dr. M. N. Ramakanth, Chief Medical Superintendent, Hubli, Dr. V. K. Himachal, Additional Chief Medical Superintendent (H & FW), Hubli, Smt. Geetha Shobanath, Secretary, SWRWWO, Hubli Division and Dr. Vilas K. G., Chief Health Director, SWR.
Smt. Relly Mittal and Sanjeev Mittal administered Polio drops to the children of below 5 years in a Booth at Railway Central Hospital, Hubli. Speaking on the occasion after administering the Pulse Polio drops, Sanjeev Mittal expressed his happiness and declared Polio Free India and praised the teams of Railway Doctors, Para-medical staff, Volunteers for their active involvement and making Polio free dream become true. He said this Pulse Polio Immunisation program will be continued for 3 more days by visiting the Doctors door to door in Railway Colonies of Hubli Division and immunizing of 0-5 years children of railway families.
Scientific Seminar & Doctors' Meet Held On Eastern Railway
Director General, Railway Health Services, Railway Board Dr. M. K. Budhalakoti inaugurated the 44th Annual Scientific Seminar & CME Programme of Eastern Railway’s B. R. Singh Hospital alongwith 15th Annual Conference of Indian Railway Public Health Association at Eastern Railway, Howrah on 16th January 2015. General Manager, Eastern Railway R. K. Gupta and General Manager, South Eastern Railway & Metro Railway Radheyshyam have graced the occasion.
General Manager, Eastern Railway R. K. Gupta lighting lamp in the Annual Scientific Seminar & CME Programme and Doctors’ meet in presence of Director General, Railway Health Services, Railway Board Dr. M. K. Budhalakoti and General Manager, South Eastern Railway & Metro Railway Radheshyam.
Speaking on the occasion General Manager, Eastern Railway R. K. Gupta said that B. R. Singh Hospital plays an important role in the field of medical treatment of Railwaymen. The Annual Scientific Seminar and continued medical education programme help railway doctors to update their knowledge and this type of academic events undoubtedly enhance their clinical acumen and expertise. This would also enrich them with latest information about the scientific inventions in medical science & technology.
On this occasion General Manager, South Eastern Railway & Metro Railway Radheshyam said that the conference is the vital arena for thought provoking deleberations on the latest developments of medical science. The best known luminaries in the various sub-specialities of Public Health related to Indian Railways from our country will enlighten us with their dedicated work and vast experience.
EASTERN RAILWAY TO HAVE A SPORTS ACADEMY SOON IN KOLKATA
General Manager, Eastern Railway R. K. Gupta informed that Eastern Railway will soon have a ‘Sports Academy’ of its own, while addressing on the occasion of 62nd All India Railway Weight Lifting Championship on 15th January 2015 held at Netaji Subhash Institute, Eastern Railway Sealdah. Women team of Eastern Railway won the All India Railway Weight Lifting Championship organized for the first time, while Western Railway’s Men team won the 62nd All India Railway Weight Lifting Championship Trophy-2015. Altogether 16 teams from different zones of Indian Railways (Men & Women), comprising of about 200 participants joined the championship. The Championship was organized by Eastern Railway’s sports Association under the auspices of Railway Sports Promotion Board, New Delhi.
General Manager, Eastern Railway Shri R. K. Gupta handing over the Championship trophies to Eastern Railway (women team) and Western Railway (men team) on the occasion of 62nd All India Railway Weightlifting Championship organised by Eastern Railway at Kolkata.
Human Rights Basic Training for RPF personnel
A special two-day Training of Trainers workshop was conducted on Human Rights sensitization and training for Senior officers of the Railway Protection Force (RPF) from the railway zones and master trainers drawn from 34 training centres across the country in New Delhi recently. The training workshop, organised by Security Directorate of Ministry of Railways was inaugurated by Justice K. G. Balakrishnan, Chairperson, NHRC (Former Chief Justice of India). While commending the RPF initiative, the Chairperson emphasized on the need to protect the basic rights of rail passengers and ensure a safe and secure environment on trains.
He mentioned that the RPF was facing the challenging task of providing security to the Indian Railways which was one of the largest in the world. The Chairperson, NHRC, added that the basic course on human rights for the RPF constabulary was based on the course developed in collaboration with IGNOU for police personnel. He also mentioned that the NHRC would always extend full support to such sensitization programs for police and force personnel as it was essential that the constabulary which was at the cutting edge in dealing with the public should be sensitized on human rights.
Krishna Chaudhary, IPS, Director General of RPF, said on the occasion that TOT workshop was part of drive to ensure that over 16,000 newly recruited constables who were undergoing training in 34 centres across the country were aware of human rights concepts during their basic training itself. He added that the RPF personnel in service would also be given human rights training through refresher sources to ensure safe and secure rail travel for woman, children, elderly and infirm rail passengers.
Seamless Policing System On Rlys Is Need Of The Hour: S.P.Prabhu
Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu seeks support of chief ministers for foolproff security system on railways
Need To Explore The System Of Online FIR On Railway Network: Rajnath Singh
Home Minister for National Transport Security Strategy Conference of Director Generals of State Police on Railways Security Held
New Delhi : A Conference of Director Generals of State Police (DGPs) was held here on 15th January 2015, to discuss issues related to security on the Indian Railways. Speaking on the occasion, the Minister for Railways Suresh Prabhakar Prabhu said that country is passing through a very turbulent time and there is a phase of growing crimes and increasing subversive activities and some elements in the society are hell bent upon creating trouble. It is in this context that police reforms and strengthening of law and order machinery is one of the top agendas of the Ministry of Home Affairs under the leadership of Rajnath Singh.
The Union Home Minister, Shri Rajnath Singh, the Union Minister for Railways, Shri Suresh Prabhakar Prabhu, the Minister of State for Railways, Shri Manoj Sinha, the Minister of State for Home Affairs, Shri Haribhai Parathibhai Chaudhary and the Chairman, Railway Board, Shri A.K. Mital at the All India Conference on Railway security, in New Delhi on January 15, 2015.
The Indian Railways also is the victim of this increasing crime scenario and it is a big challenge for the law and order enforcers to provide security to the travelling public. Policing in case of Railways is a very difficult job and there are multiple agencies for the same area of focus. We have Railway Protection Force (RPF), Government Railway Police (GRP) and District Police handling security issues pertaining to Railways, he added.
The Railway Minister emphasized that the Indian Railway system being the life line of the nation cannot afford to compromise on security issues. Shri Prabhu pointed out that a common man, does not know distinction between State Police and Railway Police and only needs relief from crimes.
The Union Minister for Railways, Shri Suresh Prabhakar Prabhu addressing at the All India Conference on Railway Security, in New Delhi on January 15, 2015. The Union Home Minister, Shri Rajnath Singh, the Minister of State for Home Affairs, Shri Haribhai Parathibhai Chaudhary and the Chairman, Railway Board, Shri A.K. Mital are also seen.
Suresh Prabhu said that as a Minister of Railways he is often required to answer questions from Members of Parliament cutting across difference parties on security of passengers, so it is necessary to address this issue, we need to have a seamless policy on Railways. The Railway Minister informed that he has already written to the Chief Ministers, seeking their support for creating a foolproof system where crime prevention could be effectively done for the travelling passengers and best security is ensured for them.
Why decisions were taken on the last working day by the GM/ECR?
ExGM/ECR is keeping many files at his home and passing orders on them even after his retirement on 31/12/2014 and putting back dated signs..
On many D&AR files he is calling charged officers and after taking money from him as per severity of the case, clearing or diluting the cases. Back dated orders are being passed.
For example Few cases are here as under...
1. Suresh srivastav Sr.DPO/MGS case has been diluted by him for Rs. 20 lakhs? Suesh Srivastav was found tampering with 133 answer sheets of LASGESS selection at 10.30 PM by ADRM/MGS.
Railway Board Vigilance has asked for comments. CPO/ECR was pressurized by GM/ECR and finally the report of CPO was diluted clearing Suresh Srivastav from the case on 30/12/2014, just a day before retirement. SDGM has also connived and sent report to Railway Board.
2. Manohar Lal, ADEN/Hajaribaug was charge sheeted and awarded punishment of Reduction for 35 months. GM reduced and imposed withholding one increment for one year on 30/12/2014, one day before his retirement.
3. Shailendra Kumar, DSTE/Const. was issued SF-5. Punishment for withholding increment for 3 months imposed by GM on 30/12/2014, one day before his retirement.. Intention not known?
4. Dipak Raj, APO/SEE, Three increments were with held by CPO. GM reduced penalty to six months on 31/12/2014, one day before his retirement.
5. Satyendra kumar, Dy CSTE/Const. was issued SF-11. Punishment not known?
6. Aishwarya kumar, Dy CSTE/Const. was given SF-5 but penalty of withholding increment for just 3 months awarded on last working day by GM/ECR.
7. K. D. Singh DyCSTE/Const. given SF-11. Penalty of stoppage of one pass given on last working day by the GM/ECR.
8. Bhajan Singh, ADEN/Patna was censured, but exonerated on appeal on 30/12/14, one day before his retirement by GM/ECR.
EASTERN RAILWAY HONOURS 11 EMPLOYEES FOR SAFETY IN TRAIN OPERATIONS
Eastern Railway instituted concept of monthly Safety Award to honour its employees who did diligent work in improving safety in train operation. Keeping in view, Shri R. K. Gupta, General Manager, Eastern Railway honoured eleven employees whose alertness and prompt action have resulted in averting possible accident through safety award at Eastern Railway’s Headquarters, Fairlie Place, Kolkata on 13.01.2015. The awards were presented by Shri R. K. Gupta, General Manager in presence of Shri B. K. Patel, Additional General Manager, Shri Anil Kumar Gupta, Chief Safety Officer and other Principal Head of all Departments of Eastern Railway.
Shri R. K. Gupta, General Manager, Eastern Railway giving away Safety Awards to Eastern Railway employees on 13th January 2015. He also handed over Cleanliness Awards to various departments.
The eleven employees who were felicitated for their services are S. K. Dutta & S. K. Mondal, Traction Power Controller/Howrah, R. S. Yadav, SM/Liluah, Martaja Sheikh, Shunt Man/Liluah, R. Mondal, Loco Pilot/M/Howrah, Santu Mal, Guard/Andal/Asansol, Naresh Maji & Khidir Baksh, Tech-I/C&W/Malda, Arnab Sinha, Loco Pilot/Pass/Howrah, D. S. Jamuda, Guard/Malda & Vinod Chauhan, Trackman, Sahebganj.
IRCTC is organising Essay and Debate Competition
IRCTC is organising an all India level Essay Competition for School Children on the topics "Swachh Bharat" (sanitation)" & "Billions of Tourists for Trillions of Wealth.’’
The essay competition has been divided into four groups from among students of Class 1 to 12. The essays can be written in English, Hindi or any recognized Indian regional language. The entries will be adjudged collectively and not in each language. Special award for entries in regional language will be given if there are more than 1000 entries in one regional language or in a group of regional languages. The entries may be sent to email@example.com indicating name of student, class, name of the school, school ID card number (if any) and contact number.
IRCTC is also organising a Debate Competition for school children as well as general public (Open to All) on the topic of "SWACHH BHARAT-SWASTH BHARAT.’’
ER : On Quality Maintenance Of Coaches More Bio-Toilet Tanks
Eastern Railway has given emphasis on maintenance of overhauling of various coaches at its Carriage & Wagon Workshop at Liluah. General Manager, Eastern Railway R. K. Gupta inspected the Carriage & Wagon Workshop of Eastern Railway on 12th January. More than 100 years old workshop, now being modernised for overhauling AC coaches, all types of coaches, state-of-the-art LHB coaches etc.
Recently, Liluah workshop has increased the outturn of LHB coaches from 30 coaches per month to 39 in November and 45 in December 2014. It may be mentioned here that 43 coaches have been turned out from Liluah Workshop after fitment of bio-toilet tanks. It has been planned to convert maximum number of coaches with fitment of bio-toilet tanks in future.
ER’s New Diesel Shed inaugurated at Andal by R.K.Gupta, GM/ER
General Manager, Eastern Railway R. K. Gupta inspected all stations and Railway establishments over Khana-Asansol section of Eastern Railway’s Asansol Division, on 7.1.2015. Shri Gupta inspected engineering aspects like condition of track, points & crossings, condition of Railway Bridges, level crossings etc on Khana-Asansol section towards ensuring Zero Tolerance on safety lapses vis-à-vis devising avenues to improve operational efficiency.
He also visited different stations viz. Durgapur, Raniganj etc. and advised to keep up the cleanliness aspects and amenities for the valued passengers. He also made it clear that ‘Citizens First’ principle to be followed and every Railway official should contribute their best for serving the passengers to earn goodwill for the Railways. General Manager also inspected condition of Railway colonies at Panagarh & Raniganj, Health Units at Panagrah, Andal & Raniganj, Divisional Hospital at Asansol, running rooms & crew lobbies at different stations so that the Railway employees can get even better working and living environment which in turn will improve the working efficiency.
During his visit, Shri Gupta inaugurated a new diesel shed at Andal and also inaugurated the renovated running room for train Drivers at Andal station. It may be mentioned here, that Eastern Railway’s Asansol division spreads over 594.90 Route Kilometre and 87 stations and best known for voluminous freight loading. The total freight loading of Asansol division during the first eight months of the current financial year i.e. from April to November, 2014 recorded as 24.189 Million Tonnes which is 8.16 % more than the previous year’s performance. The freight earning of Asansol Division for this period stood at Rs. 1949.871 Crores, registering a growth of 58.17 % over the freight earning during the corresponding period of previous financial year.
Must do's to improve the Indian Railways
Mr. Prime Minister, You are hereby requested to kindly find some time to go through a sample list of vigilance cases*
1. By far, the biggest problem of Indian Railways today is the tyranny of the vigilance department. In other words, it is nothing sort of bureaucratic/administrative terrorism. Most of the vigilance cases against the officers are fabricated, concocted, baseless and frivolous. Once a case is started, however unfounded it is, it almost destroys the career of that officer and Indian Railways loses that officer for good, for all practical purposes. Most of the vigilance officers are inexperienced, inefficient and thoroughly corrupt themselves they act out of jealousy and vengeance against the outspoken and straightforward officers.
There are thousands of officers suffering from this motivated vigilance action and hence have lost any zeal or interest for working. The culture is so stifling that decision making has become a clear casualty. No officer aspiring for a promotion or about to retire does take any important decision. The loss to the organisation can't be quantified, but in terms of delay, lethargy and negativism it wouldn't be less than fifty thousand crores per annum. Any officer who takes a decision of any import will certainly face the wrath of over-zealous vigilance machinery sooner than later.
There is no transparency in vigilance action. The stupidest decisions of the lowliest vigilance staff is not questioned or reversed by the highest officer of an executive department in railways. Further there is no natural justice done to the victims and often the most painful and lengthy process results into a very small action but years of suffering on the officer concerned and his family. Even criminal cases in the courts of law are more transparent, fair and expeditious and much less painful for the accused.
Nobody questions the vigilance action however unfair, unfounded, baseless or ridiculous it may be. Even after the most stringent and lengthy procedure of enquiry by impartial officers nominated by vigilance branch itself, mostly the victim/accused is punished and ostracised for years. No wonder, the Railway officers are completely demotivated, disgruntled and a frustrated lot.
Mr. Prime Minister, You are hereby requested to kindly find some time to go through a sample list of vigilance cases. Simplifying the procedures involved in vigilance cases and setting a time frame along with making the vigilance officers accountable will unleash the working potential of thousands of officers and benefit the organisation by many thousand crores per annum.
Suresh Prabhu adopts Nindana Khas Village in Haryana for development under ‘Saansad Adarsh Gram Yojana’
The Minister for Railways Suresh Prabhaka Prrabhu, a Member of Parliament (Rajya Sabha) from Haryana, has identified Village- Nindana Khas in District – Rohtak (Assembly Constituency – Meham) for development as Adarsh Gram under the “Saansad Adarsh Gram Yojana” (SAGY). Nindana Khas village has a population of more than 3300. As per the guidelines of SAGY, every member of Parliament Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha will identify one gram panchayat of having population 3000 – 5000, to be developed by 2016.
Detailed guidelines for cleanliness benchmarks and monitoring issued
50 Major railway stations identified for integrated cleanliness through outsourcing to professional/reputed agencies
The Railway Board has issued a set of guidelines to all Zonal Railways for inviting tenders for engaging professional/reputed agencies for the purpose of outsourcing of cleanliness at 50 major railways station of ‘A1’ & ‘A’ categories on Indian Railways. The Minister of Railways Suresh Prabhu has been emphasizing on sustained cleanliness activities on Indian Railways. Some of the general guidelines are;
* The cleanliness contract should be an integrated contract covering the entire station which shall include the whole geographical area of the station covering tracks, platforms, all parts of the building, concourse, approach road, parking area. In case of an enroute station the area between the two home signals and in case of a terminal station, from the entry to the circulating areas of the station to the home signal. Zonal Railways may also include the coaching depots if they are located within the geographical area of the stations.
* The scope of the cleanliness contracts shall include all areas and aspects of cleanliness, i.e., cleaning of the entire station area including tracks, rag/ rubbish picking, disinfection, pest and rodent control, garbage collection, segregation of waste, disposal etc.
* The cleaning contract should be given to one single agency and there should be no mixed system of management. Departmental staff should be redeployed to nearby stations which are managed departmentally ending the mixed system prevailing there too.
* Where cleanliness is done through departmental staff, deployment of staff should be rationalized shift-wise and area-wise to ensure that each area is attended to regularly at all times throughout the day.
ER TO COMPLETE ONGOING PROJECTS EXPEDITIOUSLY
PROGRESS OF VARIOUS PROJECTS REVIEWED
In a high level meeting held at Eastern Railway’s Headquarters at Fairlie Place, all the ongoing projects of Eastern Railway concerning to doubling, gauge conversion, new lines and other works were reviewed and the targets of completion of the projects were also discussed. Each and every project was analysed critically regarding its physical status on date. It may be mentioned here that gauge conversion project of Katwa – Balgona line will begin from January 2015. Between Balgona and Katwa, 26.22 kms gauge conversion will mark the completion of gauge conversion of 52.22 kms from Barddhaman to Katwa.
R. K. Gupta, General Manager laid emphasis on judicious use of funds and optimum utilization of resources for completing the projects on various passenger amenities and safety in particular and other projects in general. He said that the target of completion of various projects must be analysed critically at every level aiming for early and timely completion. Various projects like Bandel – Katwa, Krishnanagar – Lalgola, Krishnanagar – Santipur, Azimganj – Manigram, Sahibganj – Pirpainti, Mandarhill – Rampurhat, progress of the work in Howrah, Sealdah, Asansol and Malda Divisions were reviewed in presence of DRMs and Principal Heads of Departments.
RAILWAY MINISTER HOLDS REVIEW MEETING WITH GM/SER
Minister for Railways Suresh Prabhu held a review meeting with General Manager, South Eastern Railway Radhey Shyam along with other Principal Heads of the Departments in Kolkata recently. In this meeting various items relating to cleanliness, safety, security, quality of food, revenue earnings, modernization of stations, passenger complaints etc were discussed in the meeting.
While addressing the Railway Officials, Railway Minister laid maximum stress on efficient finance management and passenger earnings. He directed Railway Officials to take all possible steps to ensure safety of passengers and in this connection he mentioned about the importance of construction of road over bridges and road under bridges in National Highway Corridors as per MOU signed with Ministry of Road Transport & Highways.
ACHIEVEMENTS AND INITIATIVES OF MINISTRY OF RAILWAYS
The year 2014 has been significant for the Railways in achieving goals and targets with regard to the following:
• The Prime Minister Narendra Modi along with Railway Minister inaugurated the commencement of Expansion Project of Diesel Locomotive Works (DLW), a production unit of Indian Railways at Varanasi on 25th December 2014. Some of the features of the expansion plan are; a new block shop, loco frame shop and loco assembly shop, new plant shop having advanced paint booths, induction of high productivity machines and generation of 250 kw Green Power by roof mounted grid connected solar power plant. The project will herald the ‘Make in India’ campaign in the holy city, Varanasi.
• The Railway Minister inaugurated the Musical Fountain, Toy Train and Renovated Exhibits at National Railway Museum in New Delhi on 24th December 2014. National Rail Museum has added this new attractions for the visitors by introducing 1:8 scale toy train, chugging on miniature track of about half a km length. This is first of its kind in India. Other attractions for the visitors will be the musical fountain. To enhance the experience of the visitors, a new pathway has been laid in throughout the museum. Signages and landscaping has been done in sync with the restored exhibits. Railway Ministry is also in process of formulating a ‘Solar Policy’ in this regard. Railway Minister directed for a separate section at the Museum which will exhibit the futuristic vision of Indian Railways.
Railway Minister released this book titled “Indian Railways – More Miles.. More Smiles” edited by retired Indian railway official J L Singh and published by the Indian Railways. Railway Minister also inaugurated a documentary film “Imprint of Indian Railways over Indian Cinema.” The film depicts the 100 years old association of Indian Railways & the Indian cinema.
• The Railway Minister inaugurated the Mobile Ticketing System for Mumbai Suburban tickets at Dadar station in Mumbai on 27th December 2014. Initially this system is launched at Dadar station only. It will be implemented at Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus, Kurla, Thane and Kalyan soon and thereafter at other stations in a phased manner. One can download the free application for Android/Windows to avail this facility. Application for iPhone and Blackberry will be available soon. User has to open the application and sign up by giving name, mobile number and Mumbai city upon which one time password will be sent through SMS. On entering the OTP, the user is registered and R-wallet with zero balance is created. At the journey originating station, one will have to go to a Automatic Ticket Vending Machine (ATVM) and select Print Mobile Ticket option, enter your mobile number and booking ID to get printed ticket.
• The Minister of Railways commissioned 30 KW Solar Plant at roof top of Rail Bhawan at New Delhi, on 23rd December 2014. Indian Railways is planning to harness solar energyin a big way which will be a step forward in mitigating the challenges currently being experienced by our environment. Railways to expedite provision of solar plants at other Railway buildings also preferably in public private partner model.
• Gwalior-Gonda Sushasan Express (weekly) was flagged off on 23rd December 2014. This train will travel through various important destinations which are connected with the life of former Prime Minister Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee.
• An education train ‘Gyanodaya Express’ – a tour package for the students of Delhi University to visit North east states, was flagged off from Delhi on 18th November 2014. During his recent visit to North Eastern region, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has announced Rs. 28000 crore for new rail projects, Rs. 5000 crore to provide 2G mobile coverage for comprehensive telecom development, setting up of six agricultural colleges in the region, among other initiatives. This tour is in line with the philosophy of the Prime Minister to emphasis on developing of North Eastern states.
• The Railway Minister flagged off a new Shatabdi Express between New Delhi and Bhatinda from New Delhi Railway station on 18th December 2014. It is envisaged that the Railways’ role in bringing enhanced inter-city connectivity and thereby greater mobility through this new Shatabdi services between New Delhi-Bhatinda would mark another turning point to the hinterland of Punjab and to the developing cities in the vicinity.
Death of school children at unmanned level crossing jolts Rly Minister
On Thursday, 4th December Minister for Railways Suresh Prabhu was slated to throw open Wi-Fi services for commuters at New Delhi Railway Station. But then came a jolt - a passenger train had rammed into a school van at an unmanned railway crossing in Mau district in Uttar Pradesh and five school children had been killed and also 8 children seriously injured. The contrast was hard to miss: Wi-Fi on one side and criminal negligence and apathy on the other.
Minister for Railways Suresh Prabhu and Minster of State for Railways Manoj Kumar Sinha at the site of the accident on Thursday.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi's new technocrat minister cancelled the New Delhi event, went to Parliament to make a statement on the tragedy and rushed to Mau - to meet the parents of children killed and those of the injured.
Later in the evening, he tweeted "Visited the injured children in both the hospitals and paid my respects to the bodies of the victims in the morgue. Conveyed my condolences to parents of the victims. Young life has been so cruelly snatched away from us but their memories are eternal. Now back in Delhi and heading to Rail Bhavan after an extremely difficult and challenging day."
Prabhu, who really took to Twitter the day he took oath, tweeted throughout the day, giving updates on rescue operations, and apparently expressing his anguish at the tragedy. "Heart wrenching to see children suffer. Have ordered an air ambulance and best medical care for the injured," he tweeted.
Railway Admin have contravened the provision of Costitutional rights
Delay in implementation of judgement of Hon’ble CAT Mumbai in OA No. 87/2009 dtd. 07.01.2011
Illegal promotion had been given by Railway Administration on the basis of Dual Caste Certificates
As per Central Railway notification No.HPB/661/R/M/CLII/LDCE-2008 dated 08.07.2008 there was only one post reserved for Schedule Tribe employee for the post of AWM/AME. Railway Administration had selected Shri V. T. Shirshikar vide Order No.HPB/661/R/M/CLII/LDCE -2008 dt.28.01.2009 on the basis of Caste Certificate No. MAG/Caste/SR/138 dated 13/11/1990 issued by Tahsildar North Solapur without ensuring Caste Validity from competent Authority of Government of Maharashtra being a resident of Maharashtra State as per “The Maharashtra Act I have submitted my representation on 30.01.2009 to GM CR & CPO (M&T) Mrs. Neha Mistry. They had not taken any appropriate action on my representation."
Hence I personally met CPO (M&T) Mrs. Neha Mistry on 03.02.2009. I had shown my Caste Validity Certificate issued by Scheduled Tribe Certificate Scruitiny Committee Nagpur vide Sr. No. TCSC 088299 dated 05.11.2007 & explained them that Shri V. T. Shirshikar SE/KWV has been selected on the basis of his bogus schedule Tribe caste Certificate of ‘Halba’ as he belongs to ‘Koshti’ Since the matter not being heared by CPO (M&T) Mrs. Neha Mistry, I approached Hon’ble Central Administrative Tribunal Mumbai & filed OA No. 87/2009 on 05.02.2009 for doing validity of Caste Certificate of Shri V. T. Shirshikar as Railway Administration had given promotion on the basis of bogus Caste Certificate.
Thereafter in mean time I had submitted my representation to SDGM CR on 20.04.2009 with the hope for justice but Railway Administration had approved panel illegally to favour Shri V T Shirsikar & promoted Shri V T Shirsikar vide Ltr.No. HPB/629/g/m/JS Grp. B Officer Order No. 116/2009 dated 04.05.2009.
The Hon’ble CAT Mumbai vide OA No. 87/2009 Dated 07.01.2011 had directed the Railway Administration to take steps to get the Certificate of Shri Vinod Tukaram Shirshikar verified in accordance with Law to find out the truth as per the “The Maharashtra ACT, 2000.”
SUERSH PRABHU CALLS UPON TO UNDERTAKE A COMPREHENSIVE AND STRUCTURED ENERGY AUDIT IN INDIAN RAILWAYS
THE CONTRACT AWRADED FOR SETTING UP 26 MW WINDMILL PROJECT IN RAJASTHAN
The Minister of Railways Shri Suresh Prabhakar Prabhu launched the formal process to set up the Windmill Farm of 26 Megawatt in Rajasthan which is the biggest renewable energy initiative by Indian Railways. The project is being set-up by Railway Renewable Energy Management Company Limited (REMCL) which is a joint venture of Ministry of Railways and, it’s PSU, RITES Limited. The project is meant for generating electricity for the captive consumption of Indian Railways. The contract for this project was awarded by REMCL to INOX Wind Limited in Jaisalmer district of Rajasthan.
The Union Minister for Railways, Shri Suresh Prabhakar Prabhu witnessing the awarding of contract for setting up 26 MW Windmill Project in Jaisalmer district of Rajasthan between REMCL and INOX Wind Ltd., in New Delhi on November 21, 2014.
The Letter of Award of work was signed between REMCL and INOX Wind Ltd. in presence of Minister of Railways Suresh Prabhakar Prabhu, Minister of State for Railways, Manoj Sinha, MLA from Rajasthan Ms. Diya Kumari, Chairman Railway Board, Member Electrical A. K. Mittal, Member Engineering V. K. Gupta, Financial Commissioner Railways Smt. Rajalakshmi Ravikumar and Chairman REMCL Rajeev Mehrotra besides other officials from Railway Board, REMCL, RITES and INOX.
India & Korea Sign MOU On Technical Co-Operation In Rail Sector
A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) has been signed in Seoul recently between the Ministry of Railways, Government of India and the Ministry of Land Infrastructure and Transport (MOLIT) of the Government of Republic of Korea (South Korea). The MoU on Technical Cooperation in the Rail sector was signed in Seoul by Chairman, Railway Board from the Indian side and Mr. Yeo Hyung Koo, Vice Minister, MOLIT from the South Korean side.
The Chairman, Railway Board and the Vice Minister, MOLIT, South Korea, Mr. Yeo Hyung Koo at the signing ceremony of an MoU on Technical Cooperation in the Rail sector between the Ministry of Railways, Government of India and the Ministry of Land Infrastructure and Transport (MOLIT) of the Government of Republic of Korea (South Korea), in Seoul.
INDIAN RAILWAYS TO GO FOR BIO-DIESEL IN A BIG WAY
With a concern for cleaner environment, Indian Railways has decided to promote use of alternative fuels like bio-diesel in a big way for powering our vast fleet of over 4000 Diesel locomotives. This was stated by the Minister of Railways at the inauguration of Bio-Fuels – 2014 Conference with a theme ‘Energize growth & Business opportunities in Biodiesel sector in India’ organized by Bio-Diesel Association of India (BDAI), he said that Indian Railways, is the single largest bulk consumer of diesel in the country and as mentioned in Railway Budget 2014-15, Indian Railways will start using Bio-Diesel up to 5% of the total fuel consumption in diesel locomotives. This will save precious foreign exchange substantially.
Diesel locomotives cater to a large segment of rail traffic in the country, hauling both passenger and freight trains. Indian Railways consume over two billion litres of diesel every year. For this Railways have to foot a bill of over Rs.15000 crore annually. Therefore, even a small reduction in fuel consumption through blending with Bio-Diesel will result in a substantial savings in the fuel bill. In addition, the attendant benefits of a cleaner environment would also accrue on account of lower carbon emission, without requiring any change in the locomotive design. Extensive trials have already been conducted by RDSO using bio-diesel in different proportions on railway locomotives and results have been found very encouraging.
Railway Minister said that Indian Railways initially attempted blending of High Speed Diesel (HSD) with Bio-Diesel extracted from the Jatropha plant. Jatropha oil had been used in India as biodiesel in remote rural and forest communities; Jatropha oil can be used directly after extraction i.e. without refining in diesel generators and engines.
PROMOTIONS IN SAG – SHARE OF PROMOTEES
S. K. BANSAL*
Extensive discussions are now taking place a days on the recruitment policies in Group ‘A’ specially, sentiments are being aroused, that if Group ‘B’ are being inducted in very large numbers - as compared to Direct recruits – with the conspiracy of Railway Board Staff and in violation of DOPT’s extent instructions. It is being made out that on this account, a day will come soon, when the direct recruits will not get their promotion in-time, and the promotions shall be delayed abnormally, on account of large scale promotions to promotees.
2.0 To make the issue clear, it has been thought important to do an in-depth analysis of the promotion aspects in SAG for about 10 years to come. For this, the promotions to SAG to the batch 2000, have been analysed and the details are available with us.
3.1 Presently, while officers of 1988 are waiting for promotion to SAG, in STORE Department, it is 1989 batch for Electrical and S&T, 1990 for Civil & Mechanical And 1992 for others 3 i.e. Personnel, Traffic and Accounts Department.
3.2 The total number of officers working in various departments in SAG and above are as under. For calculating the number of vacancies every year in each department, though normally it should have been 3% attrition, but for this purpose we have taken it on the basis of 5% - as per the decision for this purpose - of a very high level committee constituted by the Board for recruitment policies. The status is as under :
Another Scam by RBSS services of Railway Board
Rs. 5000 Crore SCAM related to excessive permanent Promotions of Group-B Officers of all services to JAG & SG posts
* The RBSS people played a pivotal role in giving Permanent Promotions of JAG (Junior Administrate Grades) and SG (Selection Grades) to Too many Group-B officers, duly violating the DOPT guidelines & Railway recruitment Rules.
* DOPT - Memorandum (No. 22011/7/86-Est-D, dated 03.07.1986), point no. 2.4.4 which reads as fallows.
“2.4.4 with a view to curbing any tendency of underreporting/suppressing the vacancies to be notified to the concerned authorities for Direct Recruitment, it is clarified that the promotees will be treated as regular only to the extent to which Direct recruitment vacancies are reported to the recruiting authority on the basis of Quotas prescribed in the relevant recruitment rules. Excess promotees, if any, exceeding the share failing to the promotion quota based on the corresponding figure, notified for the direct recruitment would be treated only as ad-hoc promotees.”
* Railway Recruitment rules (as amended in 1997), provide for the Quota as 50 : 50% for the Direct Recruitment and Promotees.
* Now, if we see the permanent JAG & SG promotions issued by the RB (i.e. RBSS people issues normally) in the various services from the batch year 1997, it is clearly visible that, though the number of Promotees are Excess in number than the Direct officers of the respective batch, which is against the recruitment rules, even then also they have been promoted to permanent JAG & SG posts, without fallowing the DOPT guidelines stated above.
* The above is a serious lapse and there is a burden of about Rs. 5000 Crore on the Exchequer related to this.
* The Service wise data/numbers of Direct and Promotees from Year 1997 batch onwards who have allotted permanent JAG & SG promotions are given below..
Anomalies Pertaining to Recruitment & Fixation of Seniority in organised Group-A Services
The appointment of Direct Recruits of Indian Railway Service of Mechanical Engineering (IRSME) through UPSC Engineering Service Examination-2009. Subsequently upon completion of prescribed training to 1.5 years, He has been posted as Assistant Divisional Mechanical Engineer. Given below are two citations one from CAT Jaipur & second a news published in The Economic Times which give a reflection of the helm of affairs prevalent in the Ministry of Railways as far as Cadre Management of Group-A Services are concerned.
CENTRAL ADMINISTRATIVE TRIBUNAL, JAIPUR BENCH, JAIPUR ORIGINAL APPLICATION NO.654/2013 JUDGEMENT DATED 24TH DAY OF SEPTEMBER, 2013.
“It is noted that whenever strong Unions demands one thing the administration crumple as if it is powerless to take any decision. Union demands something and this will be again amended if another strong Union make another demand to suit its recommendations which is pertinent to that and their time frame alone. The Railways and Railway Board thus cause Public interest a great harm and prejudice as all these schemes seems to emanate from union pressure alone.”
Following is a piece of news published in The Economic Times under the heading..
'PROMOTION SCAM IN RAILWAYS’
NEW DELHI (PTI, May 4, 2014) : A major irregularity in promotions in two secretarial services in the Railway Board has come to light.
Some railway ministry officials have been found promoting officials in the two lesser-known services of the railways - Railway Board Secretariat Service (RBSS) and Railway Board Secretariat Clerical Service (RBSCS) - without following due procedures and bypassing Union Cabinet's jurisdiction, official sources said.
Officials were being promoted to Higher Administrative Grade (HAG) and Senior Administrative Grade (SAG) by bypassing Group 'A' Railway Services like Indian Railway Service of Mechanical Engineer (IRSME), Indian Railway Personnel Service (IRPS) and even the Indian Administrative Service (IAS) without their having put a minimum of about 16 years of service, they said.
HAG and SAG is given to an Additional Secretary and Joint Secretary level officer, respectively.
At present, an officer belonging to Central Secretariat Service (CSS) is being normally given SAG after completion of an average of 23 years of service, Group ‘A’ railway service officer after 23 years and an IAS officer after putting in 20 years of service, the sources said.
A number of officials were being given SAG grade in RBSS, despite they being recruited in group 'B' service, without following necessary requirement, they said.
Terming it as a ‘serious lapse’, the Finance Ministry has recently written to railways to ‘revoke’ its decision for promoting these officials, orders for which were issued almost a year ago.
Aspire higher – not at others cost
Sushil Kumar Bansal*
Very recently, I have come across a comment/article by a retired General Manager of Indian railways on Face book regarding the recruitment in Railways in Officer’s Cadre, and also stating what and how much a person should aspire for a promotion/status. Strangely, the author of this article - is not fixing the aspiration limits of his own cadre but its emphesis is more to lay down the limits of other cadre’s aspirations. In my view he is a bit late in fixing the limits of one’s aspirations, otherwise one Tea sellor could not have become the Prime Minister of India. It is stated therein that a Group ’B’ officer; who enters Group ‘C’ cadre, if he gets the highest status in Supervisor cadre itself. It is just like a dream coming true and if he becomes Gp ’B’, at the most Sr. scale officer on adhoc - it must be taken as bonus, and not a matter of right. On the other hand, a direct recruit should have limitless aspirations according to him. In my opinion it is beyond one’s thinking to say something on aspirations of others. It is now a well known fact that a large number of Group ‘C’ & Group ‘B‘ officer have at least equal qualifications – if not more - in the cadre of Accounts, Traffic & Personnel Deptts. – which is a graduation only. In other departments, Engg. & Stores – many Group ’B’ & ‘C’ have equivalents – Engg. degree – qualification. Even a diploma holder, with five years service is considered to be equivalent to degree holder.
Apart from the degree, the other qualities viz. intelligence, dedication, labour, sincerity etc. etc. cannot be preserve of any cadre belonging to one source of recruitment only. Therefore, any person, having a right on the basis of his birth in the service cannot claim all credits to him. Our constitution is based on equality of all kind based on his merit. Thinking that all Direct recruits are more intelligent and all promotees are not, can only be thinking of a perverse mind.
Secondly, a person who has retired from such a high post – General Manager, there are only 27 posts of this rank on Indian Railways - out of 13.5 lakh employees working there, should not have such narrow thinking. I am aghast to think that with such a mind, how many promottee officers fate must have been damaged during his regime/working. Though otherwise, I have myself heard many – say all the higher ups – Members, Addl. Members, PHODs, General Managers including himself and ministers even Prime Minister (Shri V.P. Singh). Complimenting Gp B officers’ intelligence, sincerity, labour and dedication and saying that this category of officers is actually the back bone of the Railway administration. In this way, direct recruits after entering a Junior officer’s cadre becomes a promottee when he is promoted to Sr.Scale and therefore the posts of JA grade, SAG grade, atleast PHOD/GM level should always be filled by direct recruitment only. This person was himself a promottee General Manager, having reached to this status through 6-7 promotion only - in between.
Down to Memory Lane..
-Sushil Kumar Bansal *
It is better not to forget the history, if we want to make a history. And the history is always created by brave sons of the brake mothers, so all of us trace the path over which the wheel of them moved, on and moving on. In our case the pan started immediately after the birth.
The category of Group ‘B’ gazetted officers initially known as ‘Lower Gazetted Service’ the cadre was created for attending to minor important issues, by the britishers. However, as time passed, a situation was created where in there was no difference in duties, powers and responsibilities shoulders by the Group ‘A’ direct recruits - and the Group ‘B’ so the demand of parity in promotional avenues was raised by our great brothers of that time before the Britishers, Hence a decision was announce on the hour of parliaments in Feb. 1944 to do away the discrimination and merging both Group ‘A’ & Group ‘B. However it is a sad part of history that could not be implemented. And right from that day till today and battle for getting justice still continue.
Therefore it is essential that one should know, that what are the issues, where injustice is actually being done to them, what are the dues which are not being extended to them, where discrimination is being inflicted upon them, where they are being treated step motherly, in what way they are being denied the benefits/facilities which otherwise should have been extended to them, so that struggle is continued.
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