Shri Vinod Kumar Yadav, Indian Railway Service of Electrical Engineers (IRSEE) assumed charge as Chairman, Railway Board (Ministry of Railways) and ex-officio Principal Secretary to Govt. of India today i.e., 1st January, 2019 at Rail Nilayam, Secunderabad, before leaving for New Delhi.
Interacting with Media personnel who were present on the occasion at Secunderabad, the new Chairman Railway Board stated that Indian Railways is on course to achieve the vision of Shri Narendra Modi, Hon’ble Prime Minister for a New India - New Railways. Shri Piyush Goyal, Hon’ble Minister of Railways has identified focus areas and is working on mission mode for making Indian Railways, world class. In the last 4 ½ years, great impetus has been given to rail development and the same will continue, the Chairman Railway Board added.
Shri Vinod Kumar Yadav, stated that Safety is the foremost priority for Indian Railways towards which, track renewal, maintenance and replacements of tracks is being undertaken at a fast pace. Passenger amenities also are on the priority list and Indian Railways will strive to provide best facilities to rail users, he added. Speaking on the thrust given towards Infrastructure development, the Chairman Railway Board stated that priority will be accorded to the High Speed Bullet Train Project, Semi High-Speed Corridors and Dedicated Freight Corridors, works concerning new railway lines, doubling and tripling of Railway lines etc. The Chairman, Railway Board said that, employees are the backbone for the organization. All efforts shall be made towards their wellbeing by providing facilities at workplace and upgrading their skills by imparting them training at regular intervals.
Later, the Chairman Railway Board, Shri Vinod Kumar Yadav addressed Principal Heads of Departments and the Divisional Railway Managers of SCR’s Six Divisions viz., Secunderabad, Hyderabad, Vijayawada, Guntur, Guntakal and Nanded through a video conference at Rail Nilayam, Secunderabad.
Shri Vinod Kumar Yadav called upon the SCR Officials to hold a positive mindset, believe in themselves and focus on teamwork to achieve success. He stated that the Indian Railways is progressing well and in the last 4 ½ years, lot of developmental works were undertaken and completed. This initiative will continue to drive the organizational priorities of Indian Railways in the times ahead, he added. Indian Railways is growing in strength to become a World Class Railway. The Chairman Railway Board wanted South Central Railway to continue with its excellent performance in various spheres.