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Railway Board calls for truthful reporting of asset failures

According to sources, zonal railways tend to tamper with asset failure data to keep the number low.

Published: 23rd February 2018 06:09 AM  |   Last Updated: 23rd February 2018 06:34 AM   |  A+A-

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Express News Service

NEW DELHI: After finding serious flaws in infrastructure failure reporting by the zonal railways, the Railway Board has called for proper reporting so that a correct picture of the state of affairs is available for taking informed management decisions and channelising resources.  

Asset failures on zonal railways are being monitored by efficiency and research directorate in the Board.
In a recent directive issued to the zonal railways, the Board said it is essential that all asset failures are truthfully reported so that a correct picture of the state of affairs is available for taking informed management decisions and channelizing resources prudently, effectively and efficiently.

“Reporting of all equipment/asset failures irrespective of its effect should be ensured. Reporting of all asset failures through ICMS (Integrated Coaching management System) and editing facility will be with the division only,” the directive said.

According to sources, zonal railways tend to tamper with asset failure data to keep the number low. The data is collated every year to take stock of existing infrastructure like tracks and signaling system among others.       

“General Managers, Divisional Railway Managers and other officers should monitor the asset failures through online system and all other practice of manual should be stopped,” said the order. 

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