Feb 5: Indian Railways will launch a safety-police website that will enable employees under its fold to anonymously report to the top officials about any lapses in safety.
The website is being developed by the Indian Railways’ software arm Centre for Railway Information System (CRIS) and will be monitored by the Railway Ministry’s safety department. According to news reports, the website, a universal reporting mechanism, shall go live from March.
Any railway employee irrespective of precedence can register and inform the authorities about lapses in security or malfunctioning of a system or incapacity or corruption of an official. The new initiative is for making the employees more responsible and thereby making them part of the administration process.
The officials believe that the anonymity of the sources of the complaint would encourage the system to become a success. On being misinformed, even if it is a possibility, they can be sure that the system is functioning properly by checking on each complaint.
Railway Minister Piyush Goyal on February 1 had said that the Indian Railways would focus on technology this year to ensure safety on its network. An amount of Rs 2,025 crore has been allotted by the Finance minister Arun Jaitley in the Budget of 2018, for overhaul of the signaling and telecommunication system of the Indian Railways.
An amount of Rs 11,450 crore has been earmarked for track renewal. The total expenditure planned on safety, including Rashtriya Rail Sanraksha Kosh (RRSK), is Rs 68,725 crore in 2017-18 and Rs 73,065 crore in 2018-19.