Kayakalp -The Innovative Council of Indian Railways

This Council is headed by noted Industrialist Shri Ratan Tata. The other members of ‘Kayakalp’ Council include Shri S.G.Mishra, General Secretary, All India Railwaymen’s Federation (AIRF), Shri M.Raghaviah, General Secretary, National Federation of Indian Railwaymen (NFIR). Ms. Ragini Yechury, Executive Director (Industrial Relations), Railway Board and Dr. Madhukar Sinha, Executive Director (Innovation), Railway Board. Dr. Sinha will work as Secretary for the council. The Railway Board Members were also present on this occasion.

This Council has been setup by the Railway Minister in accordance with the vision of Hon’ble Prime Minister for Innovation, Technology Development and Manufacturing. The Railway Budget 2015-16 speech has mentioned that every dynamic and thriving organization needs to innovate and re-invent its practices and hence the council has been setup for the purpose of business re-engineering and introducing a spirit of innovation in Railways.

The Minister of State Shri Manoj Kumar Sinha hoped that the Council would give useful suggestions for improvement and innovation.

In his address, Chairman, Railway Board Shri A.K.Mital said that the Railway Board will work in close cooperation with the Council. He said that Indian Railways in its 160 years of existence has grown substantially in all aspects but it further needs to undertake more technological up gradation to improve services.

Shri Ratan Tata in his address said that the Council would work in close cooperation with everybody concerned and be on the same page for the betterment of Indian Railway and it would not be in conflict with anybody as there is shared objective of making Railway better. He said it will be useful to showcase improvements even in small increments in various aspects like equipments, processes, procedures, consumer acceptance etc.

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